The Voice returns with Season 5 and I can’t believe it. It seems they are churning out these seasons so quickly. We also say good-bye to Usher and Shakira as coaches (but don’t worry, they will probably be back soon!) and welcome the return of Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. And how do we celebrate night one of the Fantastic Four? With a collaborative performance of “I Love Rock N Roll.” These coaches have too much fun performing and if this didn’t make you smile, i feel sorry for you. Best part: the dueling guitar cock fight between Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. haha. But on to the blinds!
Kat Robichaud from Raleigh, NC starts us off singing “I’ve Got The Music In Me”. She has a very strong voice and rocks the stage. CeeLo is the first to push his button, but Christina and Blake press their buttons almost half a second after he does. When she finishes, CeeLo says she engulfed him on fire, Christina read off a list of why she was interested in Kat, but Blake cuts her off to try to get Kat on his team. She goes TEAM CEELO!
Next potential contestant is the shy 17 year old Caroline Pennell from New Jersey who sounds like her only claim to fame is performing at a camp. She sings “Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding and honestly I love it. From the first line, when the audience goes crazy she seems embarrassed and pleased at the same time. Very cute. I think she will be one of my favorites. Of course Blake Shelton is first but Cee Lo is right after him. They fight over her and all of the coaches have a lot to say about how she sounds, but she goes with TEAM CEELO! I honestly thought she was going go Blake! She said she thought he looked like he would take care of her as a person.
Donna Allen is the next artist and the oldest in the competition at 54 years old from Florida. She was a cheerleader and background singer for Gloria Estefan. She sings “You Are So Beautiful”. With her first four notes Christina is first to press her button. Adam follows suit. She definitely has a beautiful voice and powerful. Classic and beautiful. Christina told her it was like the heavens opening up. Blake (though he didnt turn around) said because Adam was looking at him that way, she should go with someone like Christina as Adam was yelling at him to shut up while raising his hand for his turn. CeeLo interrupts before Adam can speak telling her he loved it but it wasnt what he was looking for. Why even say that? Adam then says he is surprised all 4 of them didnt turn around and wants her really bad. She joins TEAM ADAM! Adam is so happy he rolls out of his chair, does a pushup, runs over to hug her and Momma D wraps her legs around his waist. haha. I see you now Momma D!
Jake Worthington is 17 years old from La Porte, Tx and is our first country boy of the night. His friends are the reason he went to try out for The Voice. Its great that his friends believe in him so much. “There’s not much to it, besides to do it.” Singing Keep Your Hands To Yourself, Jake is clearly a country boy but he has an older sound, and a little bit of a Dave Matthews falsetto going on. Interesting. Unfortunately no one turned around for him. Blake said it sounded consistent and there were a few times he sounded like he ran out of breath. Jake asked what could he do to make it better? All they could say was work on the breathing.
Our next victim is Matthew Schuler from Pennsylvania: The Rugby Player working at a bagel shop and child of a pastor couple. He sings Cough Syrup, starting off a capella and all 4 judges turn in the fastest chair turn in any season. The coaches get out of their chairs (with the exception of CeeLo) and give him a standing ovation. CeeLo asks him if he wants to be a member of a team or an owner, because he can help him “own” himself. What does that mean? And what does that mean for the other potential members for CeeLo’s team. Adam says Blake is due for a loss, but he knows for a fact that he could win. It seems everyone really wants Matthew on their team. Crazy. Christina says “let me be the first female coach to win.” In the end he chooses to be on TEAM XTINA! And her face is shocked when he says that. She admits she didnt think she was going to get him. Good for him!
26 year old Nic Hawk from D-Town! He proclaims himself to be a mix between Amy Winehouse and Jessie J. Hearing that, I should be excited, but it makes me nervous… He is a hip hop teacher and bartender who lives at home helping his mother with an epileptic brother. (big hearted guy) For his audition he sings Hit Em Up Style and Adam Levine presses his button. I can hear why because he has a high tone like Adam. CeeLO soon presses his button. Nic immediately asks Adam “whats going on handsome?” and Adam responds in kind. CeeLo said it took a lot of breath control, charisma and calculation to execute it, to which Nic quips “this little white boy did!” haha. Nic has a funny personality. He tells Adam that he doesnt know if he will be able to focus because Adam is so good looking. Blake stood up and clapped while Adam covered his face with his cue cards. Who will he pick? In the end he goes with TEAM ADAM.
15 year old Matthew Brea out of ATL. He lost his brother when he was younger and obviously it has affected him a lot. Dammit it made me tear up. For his song he sings I Want You Back and he starts off really shaky. The coaches tease pressing the button and the family cheers him on but no one turns around. When the coaches see him, they are shocked by him. CeeLo asks him where he got the voice from and the boy looks at him like he should know already and shrugs “God” lol. Christina asks him to come and give her a hug. CeeLo tells him not to give up and Adam asks him to promise he will come back. As Matthew was back with his family, CeeLo was so moved by Matthew’s story he came back and told him that he also had to sing at a family funeral. He gives the kid a hug and lets him know not to give up.
Shelby Z is from Jasper, Alabama—wait. Jasper? Hearing the name of that city doesnt leave me with a pleasant feeling in my chest. She is a stylist and works with pageants. She said she stopped doing pageants because kids were making fun of her and she has been a bigger girl. For her audition she sings Here For The Party and she has power! Christina, CeeLo and Blake all press their buttons. She definitely has a great voice! Will she choose Blake? Blake starts it off with a “let me be the first to welcome you to Team Blake.” As the other coaches kind of make jokes that she will go to Blake, though Adam says be different, she goes TEAM BLAKE. (no surprise)
Josh Logan, a 33 year old guy, from New Hampshire. Looking at him he reminds me of Jared Blake from Season 1. For his blind audition he sings Too Close and I love the song. Blake slams on his button but Christina follows soon after. Then Adam. When he finished, Adam said he eerily sounded like the guy that sings it. Blake said he had a man crush on him. There is a brotherly hug soon between Adam and Blake. In the end he decides to go for TEAM XTINA! What is HAPPENING tonight!!!??? Crazy. She is getting some good members.
Next up is Delvin Choice out of Greenville, SC 24 years old and a “tall sexually chocolate glass of water.” LOL. He has a lot of hair on his head. He works at Starbucks and is known as the singing barista. He studied classical music for 6 years, has participated in musical theater and ready to take it to the next level. For his blind he sings Closer. Well that hits home. 0_____0 He has a powerful voice, but none of the coaches turn around.
James Wolpert is the next guy up. 22 years old, from PA and he looks like hipster kid I used to work with that went to St. Edwards University. He is a techie and loves art. For his blind audition he sings Love Interruption. I will be honest, I have never heard this song before. Adam and CeeLo turn around at the same time, followed by Blake Shelton, and Xtina cant help herself, finally pressing her button on his last note. Blake said he expected to see a long haired bearded guy but love that he looked nothing like he expected. Christina lays it on thick and really wants him on the team. The coaches really fight over him. In the end he goes to TEAM ADAM!
So its the first episode of the 5th season where lives are changing bit by bit. Lets see how things progress. Strongest team so far? Maybe Christina???