Yesterday marked the start of The Voice’s live shows. All six team members from Team Christina and all six from Team Blake performed while Team Cee Lo and Team Adam got to sit back and assess their competition.
The episode proved to be interesting before anything even happened. First of all, Adam Levine’s shaved head was doing really great things for him. That man just never looks bad, I’ve decided. Cee Lo, however, opted for a laced up V-neck shirt (if you can call it that) and a wig. This look was doing nothing for him, but it was amusing. In fact, he barely said anything without laughing at himself. And finally, I don’t know what Christina Aguilera has been up to during the filming break, but she looked AMAZING! Good for you, Christina. Good for you.
Team Blake and Team Christina alternated performances, but for ease of reading this, I’ll cover one team at a time.
The battle rounds finally started last night. I find this point in the show to be really stressful. How do they decide who to pair up? And then how do they choose?! I’m glad I’m not one of the coaches…
Apparently Adam’s grandfather sweater was a hot topic among viewers and bloggers – in fact, he even addressed the chatter on Twitter. I had no issue with his sweater, which is more than I can say about Christina’s hat. And I use the term “hat” very loosely. I’m not sure what she was thinking with that one.
But back to what matters. Last night we saw two battles each from Team Blake and Team Christina, as well as one battle each from Team Adam and Team Cee Lo. Just like last year, the coaches brought along some manpower in the form of celebrity mentors. Blake had his wife, Miranda Lambert, as well as Kelly Clarkson; Christina had Lionel Richie and Jewel; Adam had Alanis Morissette and Robin Thicke; and Cee Lo had Babyface and Ne-Yo.
Team Adam: Tony Lucca v. Chris Cauley – Tony and Chris were the first team to battle, and they were assigned U2’s Beautiful Day. During their rehearsals, I was really leaning towards Chris as my pick. I liked Tony a lot during his audition, but for some reason he didn’t sound that great to me during practice. But, lo and behold, during the actual battle Tony really won me over. The judges all put in their two cents, but Adam ultimately chose Tony as the winner.
Monday night, we got yet another dose of blind auditions on The Voice. Here’s who we met.
Jonathas – This young father of two had very cute children with him, including a very fashion forward 8-month-old son. He sang Usher’s “U Got It Bad” and sounded amazing! As he sang, I was thinking how he sounded almost exactly like Usher – Adam even made that comment to Blake while their backs were turned. Cee Lo was the first to turn, followed by Christina. I was actually surprised Adam didn’t turn around, especially since he acknowledged how good Jonathas sounded. I was certain he was going to choose Cee Lo as his coach once they started bonding over their fancy watches, but I was wrong. He chose Christina after saying “I was in 5th grade when Genie in a Bottle came out. I’ve always had the hots for you.” I hope his wife is ok with this pairing.
Monique Benabou – I thought her speaking voice was kind of different, which made me think her singing voice would be too. It wasn’t, but it wasn’t bad either. While their backs were turned, Blake told Christina that she could do something with this girl, which prompted Christina to push her button right away. No one else turned around, so Monique is on Team Christina. And as Blake pointed out, Christina is the best female vocalist of this generation, so Monique didn’t get herself a half bad coach. And bonus points to Blake for playing nice with Christina!
Week three of the blind auditions and we’re still not done! I’m totally fine with that though because I love this part of the show. Here’s a rundown of the newest additions to the teams.
Sarah Golden – They started this week’s episode by making it a blind audition for the audience as well. Sarah talked about she often gets shot down because of how she looks, so I was expecting something terrible, or at least mildly bad. When they finally did show her, I thought she looked fine. I wasn’t overly impressed with her voice though, but she got both Cee Lo and Blake to turn around so that shows how much I know about voices. She had a hard time deciding who to pick, so Cee Lo said “I only want who wants me.” She said she wants both of them, and Cee Lo cracked the first joke of the night by saying “You can’t handle us both, baby!” I don’t know if that sold her in, but she chose Cee Lo as her coach, which is who I hoped she would pick.