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10 September, 2012 11:59 PM
Published by Kody Baker
It's time for another season of The Voice. Who's excited? I am! Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton return in the hopes of finding the next Voice of America in a three night premiere of the first fall cycle of The Voice. Who'll have what it takes to be crowned the winner?
I know that this is a couple of days late. My apologies but I couldn't watch the premiere because I was attending the American Idol Concert Tour while this was airing. I'm also a full time college student and part time worker so I didn't have the time to watch the episode until today. I hope you enjoy the recap, let me know what you think!!
Before we get started with the recap of the season premiere there are some changes that need to be discussed.
1. Each team will now have 16 contestants, which is significantly more than the previous two seasons.
2. The battle rounds this year have a surprise element where a coach can steal one of the other coaches contestants if they lose the specific battle. I am sure this will make the battle rounds very interesting and will hopefully be dramatic and makes some very good tv!
The coaches opened up the show with a performance of "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones. Christina was dressed interestingly to say the least. But, I still love her to death! haha. The performance overall was just kinda blah. It never really went anywhere special for me.
Terry McDermott – 35, Aberdeen, Scotland - He was in a band and they decided to move to LA to hit the big time. He is singing "Baba O'Riley," and he does a really nice job on the song vocally. I don't really think that there was a note off pitch. However, the look is pretty old fashioned in my opinion. But, the voice is good and that is what matters the most in this show! Adam, Cee Lo, and Blake all three turned their chairs around and Terry ends up choosing Blake Shelton as his coach.
De'borah – 25, Chicago Heights, Illinois - She was raised in a very religious family, and was a gospel singer. She always knew that she was different which made her kind of the outcast in her family, something that i can personally relate to. De'Borah sang a very soulful rendition of "Hey Soul Sister" by Train and did a really nice job on it. I really like her voice and what she did with the song. Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green both turned around. But, she ultimately went with Christina Aguilera. She has the potential to make it to the live shows I think.
Gracia Harrison – 18, Virden, Illinois - At the age of 10 she started singing at the county fairs and has decided that she wants to sing somewhere else besides the fair. She can yodel, which is interesting! She is singing and yodeling to "I Wanna Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart" and does a pretty good job. However, the little girl that was on America's got Talent several years ago named Taylor did this song much better than Gracia did. All coaches but Christina turn their chairs around. Adam says this is the best country performance on this show. I think that is a bit of an exaggeration. Adam really wants this girl but he doesn't get her. Blake Shelton does!
Garrett Gardner – 16, Ringwood, New Jersey - His father was a musician and has played with people like Tom Jones. His father was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and passed away. After his father's passing Garrett decided that music is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He decided to sing "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" and nobody turned around for him. There were some pitchy moments, and he did have a lack in control over his voice.
Devyn DeLoera – 20, Snyder, Texas - She says that she was known to be a very odd person. She was taken out of public schools and was home schooled by her mother. Devyn has some guts too, because she decided to sing "Ain't No Other Man," by none other than the great Christina Aguilera. Honestly, with being a huge Christina fan myself, it takes a lot to impress with me when someone decides to try one of her songs. Devyn, was not that great in my opinion. She didn't have the vocal range for that song, and she was really pitchy. I also get that really annoying contestant vibe from her. I think Christina turned around only to be nice. Blake and Adam turned around too but Devyn obviously went with Christina Aguilera.
Bryan Keith – 22, Bronx, New York - He is a very attractive man so the ladies are going to be loving him. His father is part of a Grammy award winning Latin band. Bryan says he could use his father's connections to make it big, but he said that he wants to prove to himself that he can do it on his own. Bryan has decided to sing "It Will Rain," by Bruno Mars. His voice is just as sexy as he looks. He has a very rough voice and it suits him perfectly. All fours judges turned around for him and rightfully so! He ended up going with Adam Levine. I think Bryan is one to watch out for this season.
Daniel Rosa – 21, Riverside, California - He's actually a returning contestant from last season, who couldn't make it past the blind auditions last year. I remember he was very upset when he didn't make it. He says that the voice gave him confidence and he is more ready this year then he ever could be. Daniel is taking on Goyte's "Somebody That I used to Know." I actually thought his version was pretty good. There is still work that needs to be done with his vocals though. Blake and Cee Lo turned around for him, and he ended up choosing Cee Lo Green as his coach, and became the first member of team Cee Lo.
Anita Antoinette – 22, Boston, Massachusetts - She is originally from Jamaica and lived in poverty while living there. Her mother left Jamaica when she was 2 years old to come to the U.S. and work to earn enough money to bring her over to the states. Anita just graduated from the prestigious Berkley College of Music. She is going to be singing "No Woman, No Cry" by Bob Marley and dedicating it to her mother. She did a good job with the song. It's just one of those songs that isn't going to motivate one of the judges to turn around their chair. She sang the song again acapella for the coaches and they acted like it was a lot better than it was the first time when in reality it wasn't.
Joe Kirkland – 24, Fort Worth, Texas - Joe was once part of a pretty successful band. They were signed to a label, toured internationally, and sold over 100,000 records according to him. But, then one day the lead singer of the band left and Joe had to take over and the record label didn't like the idea so they dropped the band. Joe is singing "Gives You Hell" and does a really good job with the song. He has a strong voice with a nice growl with it. I'm afraid he may over use that growl at times, but only time will tell with that one. But, the kid has a style to him that is rather current which is nice to see. I see some potential in this kid. Joe got Adam and Blake to turn their chairs. After some debating between the two Joe ended up choosing Adam Levine.
Jessica Sharpe – 23, Greensboro, North Carolina - She was in a cover band and she said that they really helped her with her confidence. Jessica sang "Son of A Preacher Man" by the great Aretha Franklin and she did an okay job on the song. But, it just wasn't good enough. There was nothing that impressive about it. Although I do really like the tone to her voice. She was pretty devastated since she wasn't able to get the any of the coaches to turn their chairs.
Up next was a montage of contestants who didn't make it. Those included Danny Hunter James, a girl singing Love on Top by Beyonce that was really bad, and Odiseas Georgiadis.
Trevin Hunte – 18, Queens, New York - He is singing Listen by the amazing Beyonce and may I say he did a fine job at it. I've heard this done many times, and only a few other people by her can do this song justice. Trevin hit all the big notes and brought a lot of soul to the performance. Every judge but Adam turned around and the other coaches gave him a little bit of hell over that. Trevin ended up going with Cee Lo Green. He got himself a big contender in this competition so I'm sure that he was happy with that.
Leave comments on who you liked or didn't like.. or anything that you disagreed with me about.
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