‘The Voice’ Season 3 Premiere Recap: Soulful Singers and Second Chances (VIDEO)
And the show’s three-night premiere started off with a bang as coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton rocked out with a killer performance of the Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up.” (Watch the performance above.)
Monday’s blind auditions featured tons of talent. Ranging from a yodeler to a rocker to a gospel singer and more, each coach ended up snatching two members for their team from the 14 performers who graced the stage.
So which singers ended up with each coach and what drama transpired between the coaches?
Team Blake had the luck Monday night grabbing his two team members first. Scotland native and current New Orleans resident Terry McDemont rocked the house with “Teenage Wasteland” and was scooped up by Shelton with Levine and Cee Lo also in the fight.
Shelton’s second team member was a hot country commodity among the coaches AND she yodels! Though Levine turned his chair around first and told Garcia Harrison, “By far you are the best country singer we have ever heard on this show,” the singer stuck to her comfort zone and chose country superstar Shelton.
Aguilera was next to snag her two members, the sassy De’Borah and Texan Devyn Deloera.
One of our favorites of the night, De’Borah, owned every second of screen time she got. Rocking a watermelon tinged sweater and pants with an electric blue shirt poking out underneath, she talked of being rejected at church because of her boyish looks. Outspoken with comments like, “BOOM, I am gay. How about it?” the singer sounded fantastic singing Train’s “Hey Soul Sister”
Touting their record label connections and plans to help their contestants past the show’s finale, Aguilera, Shelton and Levine all fought over the 20-year-old Devyn Deloera. The girl proved she had major pipes wailing on Aguilera’s own “Ain’t No Other Man.” And in the end, there was really no other choice for the singer other than her inspiration.
Levine’s first team member hails from the Bronx. Bryan Keith, 22, wants to make a name for himself away from his successful Grammy Award-winning father, Ray de la Paz. His dad is part of The Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Keith’s raspy voice quality brought tons of emotion to his performance of “It will rain,” causing all four judges to push their buttons. With the choice his decision to make, the New Yorker chose Levine as his coach after the Maroon 5 front man told him he was very special.
Cutie Joe Kirkland received pushed buttons from both Levine and Shelton within moments of his first note. After Shelton “played the vest card” and their shared Texas homeland, Kirkland went with Levine who had told him he had “a really cool combination of an aggressive tone but you have also have a lot of control over it.” The singer once played the Warped Tour with his band, Artist vs. Poet.
Cee-Lo’s first get was Daniel Rosa, who auditioned for the show on Season 2. Though Levine didn’t turn his chair around during the performance, he couldn’t contain his excitement upon seeing Rosa, running up to hug him. All the judges appeared genuinely happy to see this familiar face. Overwhelmed, the contestant chose the member of Goodie Mob to lead him through this season.
Closing out the show was the second contestant to make Cee Lo’s team and the only contestant to bring at least three judges to their feet. Trevin Hunte’s soulful voice gave us chills as he performed Beyonce’s “Listen” from the movie Dreamgirls. After hearing his tale of adversity and how he received a radio from his father at age seven making him want to sing, the singer made even Carson Daly shed a few tears.
Alright folks, whose voice is the one to beat so far!? Sound off in the comments below!