Last night on "The Voice",
Christina made her return known in a big way, picking up
a pair of talented singers. Not ones to rest on their
laurels, Blake and Pharrell ended up with three. Adam,
who's been swinging and missing all night, has yet to
pull down a suitable contender, but the season is still
First up tonight, Anthony
Riley (27; Philadelphia), who "literally started singing
before he learned to talk". He was a choir boy who sang
"a little bit too much" in the house. His father is a
train conductor, and he suggests street performing to
get himself out there. He loves it so much, he went to
court for it and won. Hopefully he gets rendered a
similar verdict tonight as he opens the show with "I Got
You (I Feel Good)". And before I could finish typing the
name of this song, all four chairs turn around. That's a
Voice record. He hears the arguments, and says... "I
Gabriel Wolfchild (26;
Seattle) ... is a hippie. He chose his name out of
tradition for his family and "The Rainbow Gathering".
His parents run a nondenominational church. Mom was
raised Catholic. Dad was raised Jewish. Together, they
raised an indie-folk singer who makes "just enough".
Will he make it with Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice,
It's All Right"? He gets Adam's chair rotating. Blake
follows suit. Christina wants in on this action... And
Pharrell's like, "I'm good." His loss is someone's
gain... but whose? It's... CHRISTINA.
Right after Adam comes
back from the bathroom after Blake gives his section a
pep talk, we meet Brooke Adee (16; Tampa), who got the
singing bug when she saw "Annie". Her family says that
she has a really good singing voice, but there's no good
music programs at her high school. Right now, she's a
singing waitress. Her family moved to Florida to Georgia
due to her mother's lupus. It was getting too cold to
function. Hopefully she can get a lot of treatment from
this performance of "Skinny Love" by Bon Iver. Adam and
Blake make a move. Now let's see if Blake's power move
comes into play... It does, leaving Adam in a slump.
Dylan Dunlap (18, Los
Angeles) is the son of a divorced film composer whom he
didn't see much. He went to Berklee College of Music,
something his father only funded one year of. He took
his plea to the street, and now things are looking up.
Hopefully the good news continues with "Talk Dirty" by
Jason DeRulo. It looks like his booty may need a little
bit more explaining... because nobody turns around.
Tonya Boyd-Cannon (35;
New Orleans) was bon in Mississippi, but raised in New
Orleans, singing through the church. She brought her
talents to Orleans Parish Prison as the director of the
prison choir, whose members have just about served their
time. She lost everything in Katrina. EV. ER. Y. THING.
She'll rebuild with "Happy". I wonder if Pharrell is
going to make a play first. Nope, Adam does. So does
Christina. Pharrell... eventually makes his presence
known. Now let's see if she follows suit. She picks...
ADAM! And the Maroon 5 frontman is FINALLY on the board.
Took him a while. Geez.
Blake... decides to make
trouble with Pharrell with Christina.
Next up, Joe Tolo (21;
Sacramento), originally from American Samoa, keeps in
touch with his family and his cultural roots. He's the
youngest of eight children. After divorce, his father
moved back to Samoa, while his mother stayed and raised
the kids. After high school, he wanted to pursue music,
leading him to "Extra's Voice Boot Camp". Maybe he
learned a thing or two. Here he is "To Love Somebody" by
the Bee Gees. There's Christina in first. Blake's in
second. But who will Joe ride with into battle? He rides
CHRISTINA. In the family-friendly way.
We kick off hour 2 with
Drew Parker (23; Covington, GA), a guy who grew up
singing in churches while wanting to be a baseball
player. He ended up being an x-ray tech, stemming from a
brother who had terrible asthma as a child. Funny thing
is that he's know more for his singing than his x-ray
skills. Can he see through the coaches with Merle
Haggard's "Workin' Man Blues"? He's left with the No
Chair Turn Blues. Guess it's back to work.
Mia Zanotti (15;
Pittsburgh), who goes by the stage name Mia Z., grew up
in a family of musicians. She was 8 when she sang her
first blues song. She is in a family band during the
weekends. Uncle Jay compares her to Christina, and not
because they're both Pittsburgh natives. That would be
her first choice, but she has to make her hit the button
during BB King's "The Thrill Is Gone". ... There it is.
But it's Blake, not Christina. Christina.....sits idly
by while Pharrell makes a play. Meanwhile, Christina's
sitting like "I can't believe I missed out on THAT." Her
loss, PHARRELL's gain.
Blaze Johnson (23;
Columbus) came from the Bahamas, but he can turn his
accent on and off at will. He emigrated with his dad. It
was a tough transition. He auditioned for a solo in high
school, but because of who he is and where he's from, he
didn't get the opportunities he deserved. Today, he's a
music minister living with his pastor. He's a big guy
with a big dream, so he needs a big song, "How To Save A
Life" by the Fray. Adam saves him from elimination. So
does Blake. So this is a classic bro-down. He set the
stage on fire, but who'll carry the flame? It's going to
Bryan Pierce (39;
Charlotte) comes from a separated military home. His mom
and him lived in tents. He did construction for 11
years, but he really wants to pay his bills singing. He
hosted karaoke at a pirate bar, and now with this leap
of faith, he's going back to his original love. His leap
tonight: "Rocket Man" by Elton John. This rocket,
however, is stuck on the launchpad.
Finally, Deanna Johnson
(18, Hazlehurst, GA), a rodeo singer a returning artist
season 5, who failed to turn a chair. After a pep
talk from dad, Deanna took up singing in the church and
decided that it was time to return to the stage. She'll
close with "All I Want" with Kodaline. Will she turn a
chair THIS time? No.... .She'll turn ALL FOUR. Blake
once said that she was a year removed from winning this
whole thing... If she's going to win, it's going to be
in her corner..... BlaADAM!.
And here is where we
stand after night 2.
And we're just getting
started. The blind auditions continue next week.
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