The Voice’s fifth season continued Monday night with another night of blind auditions. A major TV star was on hand to watch her sister step into the spotlight as one of this season’s hopefuls.
Once again, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green sat in their rotating chairs as they listened to the contestants. Here are the highlights of Monday night’s episode:
Louisiana-native Ray Boudreaux grew up singing music until he became a father at age 22. He now cuts grass to make ends meet, but his show-opening performance of Bill Withers’ “Use Me” may be his ticket off the lawn mower. Blake was the first to turn his chair, and Cee Lo eventually turned around too. Adam said Ray looked like Blake and sang like Cee Lo. Both Blake and Cee Lo described the performance as “lightning.” Ray chose to go with Blake’s team.
Miami-based bar singer Lina Gaudenzi got Christina Aguilera to turn around almost immediately with her performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.” Blake turned his chair around towards the end of the song, but Lina ultimately joined Christina’s team.
Briana Cuoco works as a personal assistant for her famous sister, Kaley Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory. Host Carson Daly visited Kaley and Briana at home, and Kaley was the one who urged Briana to audition for The Voice. She tried out singing Lady Gaga’s “You and I,” and Christina turned around when Briana hit the big chorus. Cee Lo turned around at the end of the song, but Briana went with the girl power connection and chose Christina.
Blue-haired Juhi, 16, got Christina and Cee Lo to turn around with her sassy take on Duffy’s “Mercy.” Both coaches promised they could help Juhi achieve her dream of becoming a cross between Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. She elected to join Cee Lo’s team.
Malford Milligan grew up working in cotton fields in Texas and faced hardship growing up as an albino black kid in the ’60s. The 54-year-old, who is legally blind, dealt with the pain of being different through singing. Malford auditioned singing Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” but none of the coaches turned around for him.
Justin Blake helps move mobile homes for a living in Tennessee, but the 20-year-old is hoping to land a better paying job since his girlfriend is pregnant. Justin took a chance and sang Blake Shelton’s hit “Sure Be Cool if You Did” for his audition, but Adam was the only one to turn his chair.
Timyra-Joi, 15, wowed the coaches with a very mature performance of Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire.” Christina turned her chair around immediately, but Cee Lo and Blake waited until the end of the song to spin around. Timyra went with Christina even though she initially thought she’d choose Cee Lo.
Monika Leigh gave up on her music dreams at age 22, and now she works with maids at a high-end hotel. After four years away from performing live, Monika was nervous as she tried out with the blues classic “The Thrill Is Gone.” Adam, Cee Lo and Blake all turned around, and Adam gave Monika a standing ovation. Blake broke out the trio of trophies he’s taken home coaching the winning contestant from the last three seasons to influence Monika’s decision. The tactic worked, and Monika is now on Team Blake.
George Horga Jr. went against his Romanian family’s traditions and moved out of the house to Hollywood at age 18 to pursue music. He auditioned with Bruno Mars’ “Treasure,” and the highly attractive singer got a big reaction from the girls in the audience. Cee Lo was the only coach to turn around for George, but Blake said he has high hopes for him.
The crowd went nuts for the night’s final hopeful, Preston Pohl, who was a guitarist in a successful Christian band until his friend and band mate passed away. Now he’s stepping out on his own, and Preston got Blake, Adam and Cee Lo to turn around immediately for his performance of MGMT’s “Electric Feel.” Adam ultimately won the bidding war for Preston.
Blind auditions continue again Tuesday night on The Voice.