The Voice 4 – The Premiere Episode 2 – Recap and Videos

I’ll be live blogging The Voice Premiere Part 2 right here! Jon Peter Lewis tweeted that his audition is tonight. And from what I understand, he’s part of a duo. Which is too bad, because groups typically don’t fare will in the knockout rounds.

Anyway! Are you with me? LET’S GO.

I’m still on Team Shakira, just for the record.  Talent from The Voice Day 2 was overall better than the night before. And I really appreciated the dial back on the overwrought back stories.   There were moments last night where I felt like I had landed in the middle of a Telemundo telenova.

My favorite performance tonight came from a very sentimental spot in my heart! Midas Whale, featuring Jon Peter Lewis from American Idol season 3, not only featured some pretty awesome folk stylings, but were lots of fun to boot.  I can honestly say that if it weren’t for the JPL fandom, there would be no mjsbigblog. So excuse me while I get a little misty-eyed. OK?  I also met some of the coolest chicks ever when I helped run one of his fan boards. Truth.

Moving on. I also really liked Cathia (SPUNKY!) and Sarah Simmons, whose powerful pipes really impressed me.

See you next week when The Voice 4 auditions continue!

Tawnya Reynolds – “Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys” – She was originally from New Mexico, but she loved music so much, she packed up and moved to Nashville. She’s been there for 12 years, struggling to make her career happen. She did meet her husband in Nashville, which is a good thing.  Tawnya’s got that yodelly old-style country thing going. She’s got really strong vocals, which is why I was shocked that everybody Everybody turned for her, except for BLAKE!  He never explains why, either. Shakira pulls out an English to Country dictionary as proof she’s serious about the genre. Adam loves Tawnya’s classic country sound. Usher compared her to Dolly Parton. Blake pulls the Beiber card–pimping for Usher.  Eventually, she picks Team Shakira.


Twanya Reynolds – The Voice Audition (Night 2) by IdolxMuzic

Josiah Hawley – Sunday Morning by Maroon 5 – Josiah is from a religiously devout family. He met his future wife at a church affiliated college. But, he is so good looking–lanky and handsome–that he got offers to model. Apparently, he was in the Top 24 of Bravo TV’s “Make Me a Supermodel.” What he really wants to do is sing. He’s got a nice blue-eyed soul thing going on, if a little generic. But,  he’s definitely easy on the eyes, and that’s a plus. Blake turns around first. Usher second. Adam listens “IS THAT MINE!” he mouths. But, he’s not turning around. Adam seemed impressed by a falsetto note. He thinks for a second and then finally spins. Adam felt there were moments that didn’t work for him, but there were moments where he was reminded of himself. Narcissistic much? Blake is so impressed with Josiah’s hair, he gives himself a mile high hair do. Musically, Usher thinks he’s the best choice. Josiah chooses Team Usher. He chose wisely. Usher does a little victory dance!


Josiah Hawley – The Voice Audition – (Week 1) by IdolxMuzic

Midas Whale – “Folsom Prison Blues” – Jon Peter Lewis and Ryan Hayes. – We get some background on the boys. Not, of course, that Jon Peter was a FINALIST ON AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 3. Toured in the summer and everything. Yep. Midas Whale is the name of the group. Get it? They have a sense of humor, and are definitely mining the very popular folk/rock explosion happening now. Jon is on guitar while his partner plays an accordion. Definitely quirky squared. Nice harmonies. I want to hear more. Usher turns! BLAKE TURNS!!!! YAY ADAM!!!!! HE TURNS!!!! SHAKIRA TURNS!!! Blake wants to know what their genre is. They namecheck Mumford and Sons. Jon has a conversation in Spanish with Shakira. FUN FACT:  Jon learned to speak Spanish while on a Mormon mission in Spain. Usher reminds them that he was the first person to turn. Adam says they are SO GOOD and so distinct. The guys choose  Team Adam Levine.


Midas Whale – The Voice Audition – (Week 1) by IdolxMuzic

Abraham McDonald – “Best Thing I Never Had” by Beyonce – Abraham was a very shy kid. He competed and won an Oprah sponsored karaoke concert. Oh. Lots of pitchy stuff going on here. And his tone is not pleasant. He’s basically like a poor man’s Ruben Studdard. He even resembles the Idol winner physically. It’s no surprise when nobody turns around for him. Usher called the performance “shaky.”


Abraham McDonald – The Voice Audition (Week 1) by IdolxMuzic

Cathia – “Yo no me voy por vencido” by Luis Fonsi – She’s studying music business in New York City. She gets to record for free! Usher and Shakira turn for her. Blake is last. Cathia has a very bubbly personality. Like the girl next door. She has a beautiful voice. It was smart to sing in Spanish as a way to distinguish herself from the pack. Blake tries to convince her that the newbies have no idea what they are doing! Shakira offers herself as a mentor, just the way Gloria Estefan mentored her. “You can take the world by storm,” she says. Cathia picks Team Shakira.


Cathia – The Voice Auditions – (S4 Week 1) by IdolxMuzic

Sarah Simmons – “One of Us” by Joan Osbourne – The music college she attends allowed her to take a leave to audition. Her dad had trouble with drugs and has been clean for 3 years.  She’s got a really versatile sound, and it tricks you.  She sings softly at first, and then hits a gravelly high note you never saw coming. This girl sings with beautiful dynamics and phrasing.  Adam and Shakira turn around quickly. Usher and Blake are next. Adam thinks she can win the show. He’s dying to have her on his team. She’s in Blake’s top 3 singers that have ever auditioned for The Voice. Shakira loves that the quality of her voice mixes the sweet with the dirty. Sarah chooses Team Adam


Sarah Simmons – The Voice Auditions (S4 Week 1) by IdolxMuzic

  • chillj

    Yoo hooo!

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    She’s from the state of Nashville!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    Can someone explain this to me. If the contestants are second chancers, what are they being mentored for? Are the coaches supposed to find them singing jobs and get them contracts? For ex., Judith Hill, all she really needs is a record contract. Why does she have to go through the rounds and be mentored? What am I missing here?

  • LeoCS

    Another from Nashville? I guess there are more auditioners than people there.

  • bridgette12

    My favorite of all the female country singer.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    She has a nice old school country sound.

  • H.A.

    That’s a country star right there.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Wow. She was REALLY country. lol

  • sue

    JPL! Yippie!

  • cosem

    Too much country for me :P

  • Devin Harper

    She’s definitely has a lot of classic country twang to her voice. I like her and think she has a lot of potential!!!

  • quickjessie

    Oh, how much do I love Shakira? This space isn’t big enough to spell it out.

    I think this gal is the best country artist that’s been on the show – authentic.

  • bridgette12

    Pick Shakira

  • Devin Harper

    I hope we don’t have the Justin Bieber card played all season.

  • bridgette12

    Amen to that!

  • chillj

    I wonder why she couldn’t get any where? She has a little Theresa Brewer thing going; anyone remember Theresa Brewer?

  • cosem

    Heh…go #teamShaki

  • quickjessie

    Well, connections don’t hurt. But these people might be missing just that one thing that gets them that contract. Whether it’s appearance, song choices, phrasing, etc. Never hurts to get the advice of as many successful people as you can. And of course by being on the show they hope to build a fanbase and have many more eyes see them.

  • bridgette12

    She’s a cool lady.

  • quickjessie

    Le sigh. Unfortunately I do. I am way too old. Le sigh again.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    She’s not pop enough for the current country music scene. If she had a band she might could get in on the kinda folk/country civil wars, avett brothers, etc trend

  • chillj

    Yeah. I wasn’t even sure I should bring up the name. I listen to old recordings. cough, cough.

  • Devin Harper

    Dang if that guy plays guitar and doesn’t make it onto the voice, he has a definite chance of winning Idol.

  • H.A.

    Yummy.

  • bridgette12

    I’m liking this guy, cool vibe.

  • bridgette12

    pick Usher

  • H.A.

    Not only is he FINE!!! he can sing too.

  • supersonic

    Well, the girls love this guy already.

  • quickjessie

    Geez, this guy is good and he sure brings the pretty. Hope he picks Usher who I think can get him someplace good.

  • cosem

    Oh no they turned…damn..j/k

  • Devin Harper

    Very talented. I like his performance style.

  • bridgette12

    USHER

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Blake’s hair is kinda scaring me

  • http://twitter.com/mcdeallover Sunny Mc

    This guy is the death sentence for idol. All the ladies missing the cute guys are gonna watch The Voice this year.

  • H.A.

    Adam be jealous. lol. Yeah Usher.

  • bridgette12

    Good choice, I think usher will help him.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    lol @ Usher victory dance

  • chillj

    I’m not sure about that guy’s wet jeans look.

  • supersonic

    Going with Usher was the right choice.

    And how come this guy is familiar? I’ve seen him and heard his name somewhere before.

  • http://twitter.com/princess_092 Katie C

    He was on the tv show Make me a Supermodel

  • http://twitter.com/tle2000 Taylor

    Hot guy is smart too….he picked Usher. I think if he picked Adam/Blake then he’d be fodder and will get eliminated during the knockout rounds. Usher could actually help him go far.

  • quickjessie

    All of a sudden Judith Hill isn’t such a lock to win this thing, lol.

  • sue

    That guy is hotter than anything on idol all season, lols. He can’t really sing but damn he is fine. :)

  • quickjessie

    Can’t sing? Omg. I think somebody needs to check their speakers, lol.

  • H.A.

    He can sing. Adam Levine gave those jealous passive aggressive digs.

  • bridgette12

    Well the man is a model, plus a good voice, equals up to being a pretty good package.

  • sue

    Ok I will check my tv speakers. lols I just thought he was ok. I’m hard to please. :)

  • H.A.

    Here comes the lulz!!!

  • supersonic

    I never watched that show so he has to have been on something else.

  • quickjessie

    Omg. Can you say fodder? Holy hell.

  • Devin Harper

    Based on their performance, Blake would be the best path for midas Whales.

  • quickjessie

    Omg again. I think I”m in the Twilight Zone. Hey, somebody should sing that!

  • bridgette12

    Why in the hell did they turn around for these two?

  • LeoCS

    they’re funny, hope they make the live rounds. lol

  • Devin Harper

    Game-changer. lol

  • chillj

    That was a hoot! What fun!

  • LeoCS

    folk version of the Shields Brothers

  • cosem

    What the hell??? Lol..Midas Whale? Was JPL always been a folk singer?

  • bridgette12

    They need to go with Blake, I think he can help them.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The years have not been kind to JPL.

  • Devin Harper

    He definitely looks a lot different than his Idol days.

  • chillj

    He is the Idol guy, right? fun guy.

  • Face

    I cant believe after just 1 audition show, everyone thought she was such a lock… not a dig at her, she’s very good, but hardly the best thing ever… besides whose to say there isn’t a ‘Judith’ or two in every audition show…

  • quickjessie

    Well, he should have won, lol.

  • sue

    Ok I’m voting for Midas Whale for the remainder of the season. I wonder if JPL would of won idol if he brought the WGWG vibe back in Season 3. :) lols…. I’m so happy to see him again.

  • quickjessie

    I don’t know. I think I like him better now. He was such a dumbass on AI, with the pen and whatnot.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    I had to look him up and I still don’t remember him lol.

  • bridgette12

    Me to, he’s less douchey

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    WOW! Go JPL! Congrats on all four coaches to turn around! Good luck with Adam! :)

  • Devin Harper

    Picking Adam over Blake was a surprise to me.

  • supersonic

    No, they haven’t. I didn’t recognize him at first.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I barely recognized him. I think that if I didn’t know that he was going to be on tonight, I wouldn’t have.

  • H.A.

    Nooooooooooo.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    What a horrible song

  • quickjessie

    Yeah, no. Karaoke says it all.

  • cosem

    I don’t like this guy at all..phew nobody turned

  • bridgette12

    I thought so too.

  • Devin Harper

    I wasn’t feeling Abraham’s performance.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    I know I watched that season, but I can’t seem to recall much of anyone other than Fantasia, Diana and Jasmine.

  • chillj

    I thought he should have tried a less busy tune.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Sucks to be him right now.

  • http://twitter.com/mcdeallover Sunny Mc

    Ha, I know that’s why he didn’t choose Adam.

  • LeoCS

    Abraham’s was very mediocre, IMO

  • H.A.

    I love spanish music but I’m not feeling this.

  • bridgette12

    Am I the only one who think she’s not singing that great?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    She’s good.

  • Devin Harper

    Cathia has a good voice, nothing exceptional though..She could become great.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Me either. Didn’t care for the melody of the song, not sure about her voice.

  • bridgette12

    I don’t feel it either.

  • cosem

    She got better at the end of the song. I freaking love Spanish..

  • fuzzywuzzy

    She has a cute personality.

  • quickjessie

    The girl has some charm and her voice is definitely as good as Selene. The Tejano market is HUGE and I think it’s really smart to push these Latino artists. Way past time.

  • Devin Harper

    I also want to say that I love Spanish music. The spanish language is beautiful when sung.

  • quickjessie

    YAY! Shaki! Really smart choice for this girl.

  • Devin Harper

    Very good choice by picking Shakira.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Midas Whale is going to annoy me to no end. I can feel it already.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Shakira cracks me up! Very entertaining personality. She’s a hoot!

  • quickjessie

    Can’t wait for this girl as I worship this song. Sang it for months on end when it first came out. Now it’s got a permanent place on the Ipod.

  • chillj

    I have no idea. I find people sound so much better in Spanish than English I can’t tell if they are really any good.

  • girlygirl

    Good for JPL…I always liked him :)

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    I think Blake and Adam are starting to feel threatened lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol I’m feeling that way too, at least for the moment.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    maybe if every song they do isn’t a novelty act I’ll warm to them, but if by some weird stroke of fail they make it past the knock out rounds and the idol fans keep them in, my had my explode lol

  • quickjessie

    Every blog I read before the show started (except this one, guess MJ is the smartest one out there, lol) thought Shakira would be dead weight. Actually called her that. Guess she’s showing them what she’s made of, lol. She seems to be the overwhelming favorite now.

  • quickjessie

    Please don’t wreck this!

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    She could be this year’s less weird Juliet

  • fuzzywuzzy

    What did you think?

  • LeoCS

    Am I the only one thinking this last girl isn’t that good at all? 4 chairs?

  • H.A.

    I love her voice. Very nice.

  • quickjessie

    Oh. My. God. I am on your train til we get to the station, honey. LOVE this girl!

  • chillj

    GOOOSIES!

  • quickjessie

    I think so, lol.

  • quickjessie

    LOVED her rendition. She did Joan proud. In fact, I think she did it better than Joan.

  • bridgette12

    I like this girl and loved her performance.

  • chillj

    That was incredible.

  • Devin Harper

    She definitely has a strong voice. She did have a couple rough parts, but i think she is contender.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    I wouldn’t say better, but she did her own version, or at least a different version, which I like, and I like her voice.

  • quickjessie

    She reminds me SO much of Karise Eden, last year’s winner of TV – Australia.

    If you haven’t heard her, run, don’t walk to YT and check her out. This girl can win this.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yay! A little bit of “Stronger”! lol

  • supersonic

    Picking Adam was the wrong choice.

  • chillj

    wot guy?

  • LeoCS

    I don’t think there’s anything similar: tone, look, genre, but that’s just me.

  • cosem

    She looked nervous but I liked her the most from tonight’s contestants

  • quickjessie

    HAHAHAHAHA! It’s the discus messing around again, lol.

  • bridgette12

    They love Kelly.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Dunno who i’d pick for her. Blake nor Adam seem a good fit and no idea what the other two are gonna be like as coaches.

  • H.A.

    OMG, The show is over already. Want more.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Doesn’t look anything like her, but she has a rock quality to her voice. I think she’s going to be more versatile than Juliet.

  • quickjessie

    Me too! I am having SO much fun with you kids that last 2 nights. Same time next week? I have never enjoyed the AI thread like this one, lol.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Another good show. I think 1.5 hours would be the sweet spot though. 2 hours kinda dragged. 1 hour seemed too short.

  • cosem

    I ADORE Karise. One of my top3 artists ever from any singing show around the world. But this girl didn’t remind me of her that much? Karise is more unique imo

  • chillj

    wot kids?

  • quickjessie

    When she got into her power voice, Karise flashed in front of my face like a billboard, lol. She’s different but she’s got that Karise “thing”.

  • http://twitter.com/mcdeallover Sunny Mc

    Adam and curvy girls hmm, can’t see him him sticking with her to the end.

  • quickjessie

    Oh, my bad. The kids and my grandma Chili. She’ll make cupcakes.

  • bridgette12

    Another good show, loving The Voice!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Sssh! I’ll take it! lol

  • H.A.

    Me too!!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Really enjoyable show! The pace is good, I thought that there were more talented singers tonight and I love Shakira and Usher. No negatives for me.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    No worries or apology. You’re cool with me and I’m still a “kid” at heart ;) lol

  • H.A.

    I have to say I was expecting total train wreck from JPL but was totally surprised. I like him way better than on Idol. Don’t think he’ll win but he can end up being entertaining without the doucheness.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Maybe the Idol fans won’t recognize JPL like we almost didn’t? lol

  • http://twitter.com/ItsMyT1me Lori

    Team Adam is looking strong so far and he’s still got 9 seats to fill. Loving The Voice.

  • supersonic

    Right? She’s not a guy. And if he can’t “bro” out with you, you will get bussed. So, I see him tossing her under the bus in the future.

  • cosem

    So far Adam has built the strongest team…grrr.

  • mjsbigblog

    Reminder:

    Please stay on topic. For instance? What goes on in other threads? Never ever the topic. Thanks.

  • Niall

    I wasn’t a huge JPL fan during his AI days but I’ve enjoyed his post -idol music, so I geeked out a bit seeing all those chairs turn around.

    I didn’t mind that they ignored his AI past. Heck, it was 9 years ago and to most he’s probably an unknown, or only vaguely recognizable.

  • mchcat

    She is fun – tons of personality

  • sweetmm

    You know when the show is good when it ends too fast and needs more :)

  • voicesinmyhead

    I lol’d at Adam really wanting to work with JPL and Ryan Hayes. It’s more like Adam is lining up his canon fodder contestants …. that being JPL and Ryan Hayes. Adam’s definitely playing the game.

  • voicesinmyhead

    “She’s in Blake’s top 3 singers that have ever auditioned for The Voice.|

    I wonder who the other 2 singers are because Sarah is a better singer than Cassadee Pope.

  • dante

    Loved this show again tonight!!
    Didn’t realize JPL was part of duo.

  • sweetmm

    I really like Ryan Hays; love that funny nerdy but adventurous vibe and hell he can sing & play music too. A great husband material ;)

  • emlz

    I loved Sarah. Absolutely loved her. I missed Midas Whale’s intro and did not realize that one of the members was JPL. He looks a lot different with his hair. I enjoyed him on Idol and I like him even more with this sound/band. Adam’s got a really great team so far.

  • sweetmm

    I beg to differ; folk music is in right now. Its worldwide, just look at Mumford & Sons.

  • voicesinmyhead

    Josiah and Sarah were the only ones that impressed and intrigued me. The rest were meh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.woolley.338 Jennifer Woolley

    Can’t wait to buy Sarah’s song. She is amazing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=34307244 Shana Collier

    I thought their audition was a lot of fun. However, I think that JPL has a unique and beautiful voice, so I hope he gets to show that off.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Tonight, I enjoyed Tawnya(usually I don’t like country artists),Midas Whale,and Sarah. Sarah was my favorite of the night. Shakira continues to be my favorite judge this season. I love her feistiness. Especially as she hit that button hard when Sarah was singing.

  • lovetheusa1776

    Love Shakira’s face and Usher’s smile. Josiah ain’t bad either. Good, good show.

  • girlygirl

    no no no Blake…you didn’t turn around, you don’t get to talk :)

  • girlygirl

    There sure are a lot of good looking guys in Arkansas. Maybe I should move there, lol

    Singing wise, Josiah was only ok for me

  • girlygirl

    Midas Whale was a lot of fun…and they are good. JPL looks really different from when he was on Idol. They may have to keep the goofiness to a minimum if they want to make a serious run on the show, but in terms of musical ability, they are good

  • girlygirl

    Cathia has a really good voice. No idea what she was singing about (I don’t speak Spanish) but she sounded good :)

  • girlygirl

    Loved loved loved Sarah

  • hayes

    Wow at Sarah. Chills all over. Just wow.

  • girlygirl

    Through the first 2 nights, I think that Adam has the best team

  • girlygirl

    So Sarah’s single on iTunes is listed under alternative… and so is Midas Whale’s

  • girlygirl

    I’ve liked this season so far (2 shows, haha). But there are only 2 singers I think are great — Judith and Sarah. Everyone else who has gotten though has been decent…no one I wouldn’t have put through. But aside from those 2, I don’t see any potential stars. How many more audition shows are there?

  • taylor

    Last year, there were eight blind audition shows.
    Just think, if you find just one contestant you like from each audition show, you will end up with eight contestants to pull for! If you can’t find a great contestant every show, maybe you will at least find an interesting one that has you wondering what they will do next or how they will improve.

  • Jordana33

    I liked her too and I liked the fact that she put her own spin on the song. It’s called “No Me Doy Por Vencido” (“I don’t give Up”) and it’s by Luis Fonsi. It was pretty popular a few years ago.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hRGBcr_gJc

  • Jordana33

    Yeah, I think Adam really liked them. Plus it’s too early in the game to be lining up cannon fodder.

  • Jordana33

    I wasn’t crazy about her either.

  • springboard2

    Thank you MJ for linking to videos that I can watch from the UK.
    I really enjoyed this.

  • girlygirl

    I hope so. I don’t remember liking too many from last season…really just Amanda and Nicholas. So hopefully more this time around :)

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Well, yee haw. I was fighting with my brother on facebook about gay marriage. Looked up and saw this great duo from Idaho. Posted my love. I knew JPL was going to be on the show but didn’t recognize him.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I’n pro marriage equality, not that it matters in terms of appreciating music.

  • Listening

    Hands down best of both nights is Sarah Simmons. She has amazing control and posses a dynamic voice. And she was doing some twists and turns w/ the song One of Us that was unexpected yet it all worked. I loved it. She aint going home that girl is solid.

  • bridgette12

    She was really good. I want to see more of her.

  • Niall

    Musically he long ago found his lane. Break the Silence is still on my iPod. Without being too shallow, I do think he needs an image makeover. He looks older than 32. I don’t know if it’s the haircut, weight gain, glasses, or some combination of the three, but that might be an area for improvement. Regardless, I’m surprised at how excited I am to see JPL again, considering I wasn’t a fan during his season. Idol nostalgia. :)

  • Incipit

    Aww, I really enjoy the Chairs part. That was fun to watch, I won’t consider what may happen to all these people once the show gets past the Chairs, and the pedal hits the metal.

    I didn’t start watching Idol til Season7, but I seem to recall that there for a while JPL had a blog and an internet show with guests where he talked about Idol and did songs and other stuff? Or am I confusing him with another alumni?

    Anyway, Midas Whale was whack and fun, I like the dry humor and their harmonies are legit – although, did that guy actually ‘play’ the accordian besides that bit at the end?

  • http://www.facebook.com/marimarpr Marimar Rios

    The Spanish song that Cathia sang is “Yo no me voy por vencido” by Luis Fonsi. Maybe you want to add that to the post :).

  • RalphResty

    JPL is good. I like their quirky name. :) Hope they get far.

  • hcpoirot

    Of course JPL has change from idol days. The show was ten years ago. So many Idol alums had change. Some gain weight and few loss weight. It called life. At least in the Voice “unique” can bought you far like Nicholas in season 3.

    This season already had more diversity than idol 12 where we only got ballad singers and 1-2 country singers.

  • Aavari

    What a fun show! I thought almost everyone was pretty good, in different ways. Tawnya has such a perfect delicious country flavour to her voice, she’s like a textbook example of what a country singer sounds like. The supermodel guy was very smooth, with a nice buzz to his voice, he’ll probably go far. Cathia was lovely, and she and Shakira definitely clicked. I was not overly impressed with Midas Whale, it was a bit gimmicky to me and, no, I didn’t think they harmonized all that well together. But lots of fun to watch; that JPL guy seems like he’s a charmer. (But that hair style is not doing him any favours, lol!) It was awesome when both Shakira and Adam’s eyes popped open at the same time when Sarah started singing with power in her voice. Her raspy growly voice is sensational, but her soft sweet voice is…not as sensational to my ears. So we’ll see. I couldn’t watch Abraham, I felt so bad for him. He was all over the place and not in a good way.

  • usedtobelucy

    “Every blog I read before the show started (except this one, guess MJ is
    the smartest one out there, lol) thought Shakira would be dead weight.
    Actually called her that. Guess she’s showing them what she’s made of,
    lol.”

    I wonder why anybody thought that. I’ve always thought that she was a smart cookie (besides being cute as a bug and a charter rider on the hot-tamale train, of course.) … How odd. Sounds kind of sexist, too.

  • usedtobelucy

    “I know I watched that season, but I can’t seem to recall much of anyone other than Fantasia, Diana and Jasmine.”

    I have to admit that I was one of the five people that actually liked Season Three!

    I really liked George Huff, LaToya London, JHud and Amy Adams. Plus, I was taken by what I thought was Leah LaBelle’s potential, and JPL’s very high amusement value. Glad to see him back. I can imagine Midas Whale having a nice career for themselves. JPL needs a little makeover, but I can see somebody turning him into a pretty good kinda studly nerd-humor man. Would love to see that happen.

  • chillj

    He is older than 32. I looked him up last night and he is 36, pushing 37.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Sarah Simmons gave me INSANE goosebumps. Oh, my….

  • Niall

    I’m pretty sure he was 23 and fresh out of college when he auditioned for AI. Maybe his super fan (mj) can settle this. LOL

  • windmills

    I watched the Sarah Simmons and Midas Whale auditions. Midas Whale was very entertaining. Wasn’t a big JPL fan back in the day but, it’d be fun to see them take over this show and there’s little doubt they’ll be able to expand their live following from their time on this show.

    Sarah Simmons: it’s so funny that they played Kelly Clarkson after her audition, because with her versatility and where she takes her voice, she was giving me Kelly Clarkson vibes. Her tone isn’t as sultry sexy but I still really dug her voice & (perfect!) song choice. Looking forward to hearing more from her.

    Oh! I watched Tawnya Reynolds too. Thought she was really strong too, very pretty, strong voice and nice classic phrasing. She’s buddies with the likes of Jerrod Niemann and Randy Houser. It’d be nice to see her parlay this into some more opportunities in the country world, she has some good originals up her sleeve.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000890728381 Jacob Cheiky

    wow JPL has changed.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6G57FUYKQLV7F4FC3EGS3HA3FA Cherry

    wow i couldn’t believe it..Sarah rocks! This girl has awesome vocals! Would be nice if AI allows contestants to sing new/current songs.

  • brenoga

    oh god, that “listen to her” from sarah’s dad just killed me ~tears~ that was an awesome performance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/djafans Fan Dja

    DVR’ing The Voice so just caught up lol Really loving the chemistry of the coaches. Usher seems a little full of himself but I’m still enjoying his dialogue. I know Shakira and her music but didn’t realize she had such personality. Some good singing going on. Midas Whale and Sarah Simmons my favs. Sarah didn’t seem impressed with the Bieber name drop, yay.