For three seasons, four
coaches have paid attention to only the voice. But this
is the season where everything changes. Out: Christina
Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green. In: Usher and Shakira, both
international phenomena in their own rights. Blake has
two wins under his belt to Adam's one. Who... is going
to discover the next Voice?
But one thing remains the same, it starts
with a blind audition... and that starts with an all-star jam of the
coaches "coming together". See what I did there?
First, Kara Morgan & Rhian Morgan
(Rochester, NY) are the first set of twins on the show. They got their
start as teenage members of a 60s-type girl group. One's an insurance
agent, the other is a mental-health therapist. Other than that, they
love to do everything together. Can they come together with the first
audition of the year? The song is "Fallin'" by Alicia Keys... and
immediately Usher and Blake hit it. Adam joins in the action. Not much
in the way of harmony and whatever is there is forced. But it's good
enough to get Shakira in on the bidding. So the first audition of the
new season, and it's up to the Morgan Twins to determine who they want
to work with. They pick... BLAKE.
Adam: "Yo, your wife's gonna kill you,
man!" Blake: "I know." Miranda Lambert don't like bromances... OR
From Austin comes Jess Kellner, a
hairdresser. All of her work is during the day. All of her music is at
night. Her mother is a recovering alcoholic, so she lives with her dad
and his wife. She's looking to touch a few lives. Will she do so with
"Can't Help Falling In Love" by Elvis? YES! Both newbies are in. And
both newbies will fight. Much to Adam's delight. And Blake's. Jess
picks... USHER. His first teammate EVER.
Next up, Mark Andrew (27, Eden Prairie,
MN), a roofer, hopes to leave that life - and his brother - behind for a
gig on his own. It wouldn't be the first time he channeled through his
music, as he lost bandmates to tragedy. This will be an affirmation to
their memory if he can nail "Knockin' on Heaven's Door". Adam wants him.
So does Shakira. Blake... comes close, but he's going to let the
frontman and the booty shaker have at it. And... bootyshaker wins.
SHAKIRA gets her first.
Janetza Miranda (29, Newark, NJ) grew up
in an energetic Puerto Rican family. When she's not dancing, she's
singing in a bachata group. She's going to try to work a little bit of
that into "Titanium". She wants to follow in Shakira's footsteps.
Shakira... almost buys in... But ultimately, no one does. Better luck
next time, kid. You got guts there.
Danielle Bradbery (16, Cypress, TX) got
into music from her cousin. Growing up, she had crooked teeth and was
teased for it. Music became her outlet. This is going to be her first
time in the spotlight, so yeah, no pressure. She's going to be singing
"Mean" by T-Sizzle. Usher's in. Blake's in. And for good reason. She's
got great tone... and Adam's joining in on this. Her pitch needs a
little work, though. She picks... BLAKE So Blake has three blondes:
twins and a minor. Just saying.
And altogether for Usher, now...
NASHVILLE IS NOT A STATE!
Vedo (19, Atlanta) went from a local
talent show to a lifelong obsession with Usher. He knows who he wants.
His mother and him were homeless for two or three years, sticking
together through a lot. Recently, she's been diagnosed with stage 4 lung
cancer. She has literally months. He was ready to give "The Voice" up,
but she told him to go for it. And go for it he will with "Boyfriend" by
some guy that Usher once worked with. Of course he hits it. And since no
one else does... Usher automatically gets him.
And history is repeating itself, as Adam
struggles to find his first. Will it be Christian Porter (21,
Stroudsburg, PA), who as a child was mistaken for being deaf. Right now,
he's a bar musician who's looking for his last call. He puts his own
little spin on LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It". Shakira's in. Blake makes
it a game. Usher makes it three. Christian makes it BLAKE.
After a montage of those who failed to
make the cut, we get Leah Lewis (15, orig. China, now living in
Orlando), who, as a baby, was adopted with her sister. She also grew up
listening to bluegrass, and will deliver a country number. So she'll be
trying to break a couple of stereotypes tonight with Carrie Underwood's
"Blown Away". She's not blowing away any of the coaches, as she has yet
to reach her full potential.
Kris Thomas (27, Memphis) is the youngest
of a very religious family. He was exposed to R&B through listening to
his brother's tapes. He was signed on the spot for a record deal, but
creative differences led him away from that. He's also a recovering
alcoholic ever since he drove onto someone's lawn. His second chance
begins with "Saving All My Love For You"... Sounding almost creepily
like Whitney. Shakira's in. And she's SHOCKED. I'm shocked none of the
guys went for this. "You're a dude!" Yes, Usher. Yes he did. "Women go
crazy over a guy with a falsetto." .... Not to speak from personal
experience, but..... yeah.
James Irwin (30, St. Louis) is a union
carpenter who builds everything from houses to skyscrapers. He had some
label interests, but that coincided with his wife giving birth to twins
four months early. Long story short... they had ten good minutes with
them. They did have another child, and as of this typing, she's just
turned one. Happy birthday, Aiden. Here's your father with "The Man Who
Can't Be Moved" by the Script. And the coaches will not be moved.
Carson is hitting the road this season to
find more contestants for this season. His first find: Judith Hill (28;
Pasadena), who was called to work with Michael Jackson on his final
"This Is It" tour. She ended up singing "Heal the World" at his memorial
service two weeks later. She didn't entertain offers out of taste for
the bereft. Tonight, she's getting her footing back with "What a Girl
Wants" by someone who used to sit in Usher's chair. And speaking of,
here's Usher, and here's Adam. And here's Shakira. And Blake makes it
four. She completely BEASTS IT.
.... and, like the other three seasons
before, Adam finally gets one. And just like that... the game is on.
Okay, we wrap this one up, and get you
ready for the next one tomorrow. Meanwhile,
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