Auditions Part 1
Take away the polish, the
style, and the image, and what do you have? A voice.
Four celebrity coaches begin their search for the next
great American singer on... "THE VOICE!" The four...
- Gnarls Barkley frontman Cee-Lo Green
- Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine
- Pop princess Christina Aguilera
- Country crooner Blake Shelton
And your guide for this journey... Carson
Daly, in his first ever game show gig.
But before we begin... how about a small
concert, as the coaches cover "Crazy". That was fun... NOW... the game
is... a team of eight singers for each coach. Auditions will NOT be
influenced by what you wear, what you look like, or how old you are...
If they like what they hear, then they can hit their I WANT YOU button.
But if more than one coach hits their button, then it's the vocalist's
choice, and the coaches, who are also competing, will have to convince
the singer to join their team. But if NO coach picks them, they're out
of the competition. Once the teams have been chosen, then they train
train train before... the battle rounds. In these battles, the singers
are cut from eight a team to four. Then the power shifts to you,
America. At stake, a recording deal with Universal Republic Records
(corporate) and $100,000.
So now the question is.... Who has... THE
First up, Tarralyn Ramsey (31,
Jacksonville, FL). She sings "Breathe" by Faith Hill. Christina wants
her... and so does Cee-Lo! Tarralyn... picks CHRISTINA.
Next up, Patrick Thomas (20, Nashville),
who was a complete nerd who thought of music as a better release than
sports. He sings "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw. Adam and Cee-Lo
hit the button at the same time... and here comes Blake. So a choice
among the three men, one of which happens to be a country star AND could
make Patrick a country star... and it goes to BLAKE!
So two coaches have their first picks...
Jared Blake had a drinking problem... and
four little girls. The four girls win, and he got clean. He goes with
Cobra Starship's "Good Girls Go Bad". And it's a case of bad singer gone
good... no one picks him.
Will Vicci Martinez (26, Tacoma, WA) meet
a similar fate? She came out to her parents 10 years ago, and since
then, her father and biggest supporter died. She sings "Rolling in the
Deep" by Adele, but for reasons unknown, we don't see her face until
AFTER Cee-Lo and Christina pick her. She sang the "I don't think I can
say on NBC what I want to say" out of it, according to Christina. So who
gets Vicci? That would be... CEE-LO.
Elenowen (Josh & Nicole Johnson,
Nashville, TN) are our first duo. We'll get to them later. Right now,
Sonia Rao (24, Freehold, NJ), the daughter of Indian immigrants. She has
no backup plan, so if this doesn't pan out... who knows. She sings "If I
Ain't Got You" (which, by the way, was covered by Adam in Maroon 5).
Adam did a better job of it. But it's not what I think... And she has
Now for Elenowen... who sing "Falling
Slowly". Blake hasn't heard a duet on this stage. He has to see it,
pushing his button. Cee-Lo agrees... They consider themselves a folk-pop
duo. It's going to Josh... and he picks... BLAKE.
Next... It's the return of Frenchie Davis
(31, Los Angeles). She auditioned for Idol, got into the Hollywood
Round, but was uninvited when it was revealed that she did... pictures?
Can she redeem herself here with "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry?
Christina hits it! And since she was the only one to do so, guess she's
stuck with her.
Kelsey Rey (20, sebastian, FL) loves that
this is about the voice and not the looks, because... well, look at her,
she's hot. And she has a few online videos to prove the point. She tries
"American Boy" by Estelle. Adam and Cee-Lo go in for this one... and so
does Christina. Kelsey joins up with... CEE-LO.
So far, it's two to two to two to none
for Adam. Jeff Jenkins (22, Jones Creek, TX) gets his strength from his
departed mother, who taught him how to love and how to forgive. He sings
"Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts. Here comes Cee-Lo and Adam...
again. And Christina... again... and Blake makes it a FIGHT. Jeff
picks... ADAM! He finally has one! YAY!
Homeless musician Rebecca Loebe (27,
Atlanta) is just traveling around the country trying to make ends meet,
living out of a car. She goes with Nirvana's "Come As You Are".
Christina fires... Adam hits it... Rebecca's always been a fan of
Christina here... but playing the game comes first, and she joins up
Now let's go back to Freehold, where we
find 56-year-old Joann Rizzo, a Jersey mom. She's doing it for Jersey.
She sings "I Say A Little Prayer" by Dionne Warwick. No takers.... Awww.
Xenia Martinez (16, Temecula, CA) has
always been a shy violet, but will she bloom on the Voice stages with
"Break Even" by the Script? Cee-Lo takes a shot... So does Blake. Xenia
Tje Austin (26, Austin, TX) is a goofy
Mormon. He is also obscured until he takes the stage... and for good
reason, as he has the superfro. Adam aand Cee-Lo again... Tje says...
Javier Colon (33, Stratford, CT) is doing
this for his children. If he wins, he wouldn't have to worry about
(insert pet cause of DOND contestant here). He goes with "Time After
Time" from Cyndi Lauper. And here comes Adam and Cee-Lo AGAIN. And
Christina... AGAIN... And Blake's in the fight for this artist. Javier
The last singer takes the stage...
Beverly McClellan (41, Ft. Lauderdale, FL) has the guts of someone HALF
her age. And at 41, this may be her last shot against the man. She's
going to take another "Piece of My Heart" from Janis here... Christina
and Adam want a piece. Beverly picks... CHRISTINA, getting a little
revenge on Adam in the process.
At the end of day 1 of the blind
auditions, all of the coaches have three...
ADAM: Jeff Jenkins, Rebecca Loebe, Javier
CEE-LO: Vicci Martinez, Kelsey Rey, Tje Austin
CHRISTINA: Tarralyn Ramsey, Frenchie Davis, Beverly McClellan
BLAKE: Elenowen, Xenia, Patrick Thomas
Next week, the blind auditions continue
as 20 spots await...
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