Yesterday, Usher and
Shakira made their debut on the panel of coaches, but we
got the same old top-level talent. Here's what things
look like right now.
Adam is as picky as ever, and Blake seems
to have the numbers advantage, but the blind auditions are young.
We start with a bit of friendly
coach-hazing. From there, we go to Tawnya Reynolds (32, Nashville), a
veteran country singer whose parents sacrificed a lot to help Tawnya on
her way to her dream. She's been out there for 12 years, no label deal,
and now she and her husband are hoping for a break. We open the show
with "Mamma Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys". Almost seems
like a sure thing for Blake... and ADAM's the first to hit. Shakira
follows. Blake and Usher do a little dealing... and USHER makes it three
in an I'll-mentor-yours-you-mentor-mine thing. It... doesn't work. She
Josiah Hawley (27, Ft. Smith, AR)
worships with a youth group and married out of it. His father's a jazz
pianist who taught him at an early age. Aside from that, Josiah's a
model, but it's not about his face on this show. He's singing "Sunday
Morning". Should be an easy get for Adam if you follow. ... and BLAKE's
the first! Usher wants a piece. Adam FINALLY hits it. The game goes to
the men on the stage. And Josiah goes to.... USHER!
Next, a duo - Midas Whale (Jon Peter
Lewis - whom you may remember as "the pen salesman" from "American Idol"
season 3 - and Ryan Hayes) of Rexburg, OH. Jon's from a family of
musicians. Ryan... is not. He's a geologist. Can they rock the stage
with "Folsom Prison Blues"? "Midas Whale". The performance is
reminiscent of Mumford & Sons. Usher's like "Midas Whale." The other
guys follow suit. So they're in ... Wait, here comes Shakira wanting a
piece. So with whom will the Whale sail? After a heart-to-heart en
español con la belleza colombiana, Midas Whale picks up... ADAM!
Abraham McDonald (35, Los Angeles) was a
very shy kid. He entered (by will of his sister) a karaoke contest at
13. All of a sudden, he's a singer in another karaoke contest. But it
turned out that this was not his first. He was actually on one for
Oprah. Abraham take son "Best Thing I Never Had" by Beyonce. And it
sucks to be Abraham right now, because nobody hit the button. Moral of
the story: don't take on Beyonce unless you... just don't take on
Beyonce. Just DON'T.
Blake is... 0 for 2. Next up, Cáthia (19,
Bronx, NY), whose first language was Spanish and is proud of her
Salvadoran roots. Currently, she studies music business in New York
City. She gets to record for free. How about that. But tonight, she's
singing for cash. Her song, Luis Fonsi's "No Me Doy Por Vencido", which
means "I Will Never Give Up". You'd think Shakira would be a bit faster
on the trigger... She is not. At least not faster than Usher. She
eventually... comes around. Smirk. Blake makes it three, even though he
has NO idea what she's singing. Let's give Cáthia un momentito para
cálmase. And she picks... of course, SHAKIRA.
The night's final artist is Sarah Simmons
(22, Memphis), a music student at Visible Music College. She says she
was born to sing, and music has been her port in the storm, especially
in the face of losing her dad on and off to addiction (he's been clean
for three years. Congrats on that). She closes the night with "One of
Us" by Joan Osborne. Adam and Shakira hit. And here comes the chorus...
and here comes the other coaches. We're going to end the show with a
VERY TOUGH DECISION. She picks.. ADAM!
So after two nights of blind auditions,
this is what it looks like.
But a full team is 12, and we're a long
way away. Come back next week when the search for The Voice continues.
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