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The Voice
Season 8
NBC 8p ET Monday & Tuesday

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Christina Aguilera rejoins fellow coaches Adam, Blake, and Pharrell as we continue the search for this show's marquee superstar.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host Carson Daly
Coaches Christina Aguilera
Adam Levine
Blake Shelton
Pharrell Williams
Creator John de Mol & Roel van Veltzen (based upon "The Voice of Holland")
EP John de Mol
Mark Burnett
Audrey Morrissey
Marc Jansen
Lee Metzger
Packager United Artists Media Group & Talpa for Warner Horizon TV
Origins Universal Studios Hollywood
Airs 8p ET Mon & Tues, NBC
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Blind Auditions 1 Season Premiere
February 23
The thinking man's talent show has returned for an eighth go-round. But as challenging and game-changing as this show is, you can still count on one hand the superstar careers made from it. Namely, the coaches. Namely Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Oh yeah, and to a lesser extent, Carson Daly. We don't want just a good singer this time... we want a STAR.

All four coaches kick off the season with a performance of "Are You Gonna Go My Way".

Let's get season 8 started with Sarah Potenza (34; Nashville), who comes from a comedic family and specializes in country blues. Her husband, a cook named Ian, has been with her through it all. Her father has also been through it all, but he has Alzheimer's. So hopefully this performance will bring out his spirit with "Stay With Me". Adam hits the first buzzer of the season... Pharrell hits the second. Both are moved to their feet. But Christina and Blake want in on this action, too. The decision is now Sarah's... and it's not easier as Adam and Pharrell approach the stage. Sarah picks.. BLAKE? Wow. Must want to win this one BADLY.

Lowell Oakley (19, Durham, NC) comes from a long line of businessmen, but his uncle was an opera singer. He wants to bring opera and jazzy crooning together with a little bit of church music. He says that him being clean cut could work in his favor, but remember, your voice will open the door. He goes with the standard "Don't Get Around Much Anymore". Adam gets around. Pharrell waits for The Note... and challenges Adam for control. Challenge... ACCEPTED. Pharrell is the pick. Adam historically has a hard time picking in the early rounds.

Rob Taylor (22; Donaldsonville, LA) was raised by his mother. Now he returns the favor after she had a stroke. It's made him a stronger person. But does it make him a stronger singer? Let's find out with "I Want You". Christina wastes no time in getting her foot in the door. Then comes Adam AND Pharrell. Christina really does want him. But who gets him? It's... CHRISTINA!

Ivonne Acero (16; Aguila, AZ) is a real melon-head. Actually, she farms cantaloupe with her parents, both of whom emigrated from Mexico. She wanted to work there to get enough scratch for a "Voice" audition in NYC. Well, she made it, despite ZERO voice lessons. Now it's on the coaches to judge her singing "Try". The song goes, "You don't have to try." She needed to try a little bit harder. Well, there's always next time.

Cody Wickline (20; Beckley, WV) is the only one in the family with any musical talent. "(My parents) can't sing a lick." He currently goes to college for nursing, but he would like to make something of his music. Will he make something with the country stylings of "He Stopped Loving Her Today"? Yep. But surprisingly, it isn't Blake, but Adam who gets the first hit in. Blake finally answers back. But before he can end his audition... FOUR TURN! The safe money's on Blake, really... and that's what happens.

We're off to Frederick, MD, where we meet Treeva Gibson (16), who grew up with two deaf parents. She learned sign language before she could learn how to speak. Both of them are teachers. Treeva herself lost some hearing, but it isn't going to get any worse. She will however have to rely heavily on lip reading. Hopefully won't be necessary as she tries for a chair with "Young and Beautiful". And she gets Blake and Christina to turn a chair. Who will get to coach this young ingénue? It's going to be another young ingenue, CHRISTINA!

Next up, we're going back to something we've done only in the early seasons, going strictly by voice. It's Mason Henderson and "Riptide". The answer... no.

Meghan Linsey (28; Nashville) signed a record deal with her duo Steel Magnolia. One of her singles went to the top 5 of the country charts. They opened for Brad Paisley, Bob Seger, Reba, and... Blake Shelton. But in 2011, Josh & her broke up, and so did the group. She's been working on a solo career. All we can say is if Tommy Pickles can get on this show, then why not. Will she stick to country or go for a more soulful route? She goes with "Love Hurts". And it's gonna hurt a lot for Blake, because his three cohorts all want in. "Really, Blake?" Of course. She ends up with PHARRELL.

Joshua Davis (37, Traverse City, MI) got his guitar as a bar mitzvah present. Into his college, he played folk music in a band. Right now, He & his wife are expecting a second child, which makes him want to push this dream ever harder. He'll try his luck with "I Shall Be Released". Wasn't long before Adam and Blake were released. But BLAKE would get his seal of approval.

Bryce Sherlow (17; Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) is a high school student who is plucked from her a cappella group and brought to the main stage. She was studying with American Ballet in New York before discovering her voice. She sang the solo in "Happy" by Pharrell that got her groups to nationals. The question: can she do it again? The song: "Cool Kids". Unfortunately, she probably should've sung "Happy". It would've been a lot less pitchy. Well, she gets to sing it with Pharrell, but she's not going to the Battle Rounds.

Last artist of the night is Sawyer Fredericks (15; Fultonville, NY), who lies with 19 cows, 2 pigs, 1 donkey, 14 hens, and 2 roosters. He will be a farmer to pay the bills, but he really wants to sing. His voice is changing. Hopefully he doesn't peak during the closer, Soggy Bottom Boys' "I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow". Insta-hits all around, with Blake being the sole holdout. Ultimately, Blake says "what the hell." But what does Sawyer say? He says... "... I pick.... Pharrell."

And here is where we stand after night 1.

Sawyer Fredericks
Meghan Linsey
Lowell Oakley
Treeva Gibson
Rob Taylor
Joshua Davis
Sarah Potenza
Cody Wickline

And we're just getting started. The blind auditions continue tomorrow.

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