Monday night’s installment of NBC’s The Voice featured another round of blind auditions as the judges/coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton continued to build their teams.
Here’s what happened:
The four judges showed how things are done by performing a medley of Prince songs including “1999,” “Little Red Corvette” and a county version of “Kiss.”
First up to audition was The Line, a duo consisting of Hayley and Leyland who sang Tom Petty‘s “American Girl.” Blake hit his button first, with Cee Lo and Christina turning in sync before Adam joined by the end of the song. Cee Lo mistook them for a romantically-involved couple, which they insist they are not. The Line chose Christina to be their coach.
Former crystal-meth addict Jamar, who is also HIV positive, got a personal invitation from host Carson Daly to go to the Hollywood auditions. Jamar sang “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes. Cee Lo was the only judge in the running to coach Jamal, which is good, because Jamal is a true fan of his new mentor.
Rocker and father Neal Middleton is 33 years old and looking for his “moment.” He revealed that he almost died in a bad fall a few years ago. His wife and children were in the wings as he performed a raunchy version of Marvin Gaye‘s “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.” The seconds ticked by as the judges exchanged glances, but none turned around.
Gwen Sebastian sang Sugarland‘s “Stay” with boyfriend and parents looking on. Country star Blake turned first, with Cee Lo pressing his red button seconds later. Adam waited for virtually the last note before he too turned around. Blake called Gwen a “great country vocalist” and said he’d be her man and she chose him as her coach.
Pamela Rose took her mother to the blind auditions and said that everything was on the line for her rendition of “Already Gone” by Kelly Clarkson. She was not favored by any of the judges.
Kim Yarborough is 50 years old and describes herself as a “struggling artist.” She wants to put her age disadvantage aside and be judged on her ability. She sang Rufus and Chaka Khan‘s “Tell Me Something Good.” Adam compared her to Chaka Khan, and Christina said she was “a force to be reckoned with.” Kim took the less predictable route and chose Adam as her mentor.
Anjie Johnson is a former military band member who had a video of her singing an Adele song posted on YouTube. The video received over a million hits and was brought to the attention of The Voice producers who invited Anjie to audition. She sang a version of “Heartbreaker” by Pat Benetar. Cee Lo said he was pleased to be the only one in contention as Anjie’s coach, as he loves a tough rocking girl.
Yale student Dez Duron is a football player, who left his team behind for his chance on The Voice. He sang the Backstreet Boys, “I Want it that Way.” None of the judges hit their buttons.
Next up was Lindsay Paveo, a violinist and songwriter. Her biggest audience to date has been 40 people in coffee shops. She stepped out to sing “Say Aah” by Trey Songz. Christina turned her chair quickly. Cee Lo and Blake turned a short time later. Lindsay decided to join Christina’s team.
Hoja Lopez wants to be a role-model for plus-size girls. She hit the stage and sang Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream.” Nerves got the better of her and none of the judges took a chance on Hoja.
Former Alicia Keys backing singer Jermaine Paul wants to establish himself as a solo artist. Alicia sent a video message of encouragement. Jermaine sang a soulful take on Avril Lavigne‘s “Complicated” and Cee Lo turned around quickly. Blake got in on the action before the end of the song. Cee Lo said Jermaine sounded like “Swag.” In a surprise move, Jermaine teamed up with Blake.
Finally, Angel Taylor, who suffered at the hands of an abusive father when she was young, sang her take on Adele‘s “Someone Like You.” Adam took a look first, followed by Blake and Cee Lo. Adam said Angel had battled her nerves. She admitted having a crush on Blake, but chose to join Adam’s team.
The Voice returns with additional blind auditions next Monday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.