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The Voice Episode: "The Blind Auditions, Part 1"

Season 2, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: Season 2 of the star search opens with the "blind auditions," in which celebrity coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton choose 12 vocalists for their respective teams.
Original Air Date: Feb 5, 2012

The Voice: The Blind Auditions Begin and an Awkward Blast From Christina's Past Season 2, Episode 1

Turn your big red chairs around, America. That sound you hear is the end of the Super Bowl (great game, Eli) and the beginning of the new season of The Voice. Will Team Adam claim victory two years in a row? Or will this be the time for Cee Lo, Christina or Blake to home the honors for the first time. Let's get started with the blind auditions.

17-year-old RaeLynn makes it clear she's all Team Blake by performing one of his wife's songs, "Hell on Heels." At first, you can hear the nerves in the Texas farm girl's voice, but she's got a strong, throaty style with some heavy twang. Adam flaunts that he pressed his button before Blake, but Blake promises to make her a country star. Adam says she can be more than that, but ultimately she picks Team Blake. She wants to be a country star, so why pick rock 'n' roll?

Jesse Campbell is a 42-year-old single dad who talks about sleeping in his chair before he started making money singing at churches. Let's hope none of the stories tonight get too sappy; that's Idol terrain.  Within the first words of his performance of "A Song For You," Jesse lets out a great, soulful range even if his voice is a little boring. Adam, Cee Lo and Christina all press their buttons before Blake joins in. Christina says she would work hard to bring him to the top, Cee Lo says he feels his soul — to which X-Tina chimes in that she felt it too, even if she's white ... OK? Adam touts Javier's success as a reason to pick him. Jesse goes for Christina because she said she would fight for him. Cue "Fighter" and a quick fist pump victory dance.

The show tries way too hard to turn 20-year-old Daniel Rosa into a sob story because) he has no idea if his parents are full of it when they say he's talented (oh no, my parents love me too much!) and he has a ukulele — and he cries a lot. Keep it together, kid! Luckily, he ditches the ukulele for the performance, but his pitchy acoustic version of "Animal" fails to garner any interest from the coaches. Christina says she was captivated by his voice, and tells him to work on his pitch.

Juliet Simms, 25, looks like she's straight out of the Janis Joplin era and her voice does not disappoint. Her rendition of "Oh! Darlin" is raw and powerful, and you can feel her energy in every note. She's an early favorite of mine, and apparently Adam's as well, since he is on his feet as his chair turns around. Christina pushed her button and says Juliet blew her socks off, and makes fun of Adam's car salesman techniques once again. Adam counters, saying that Christina is one of the best singers but she's not one of the best coaches. Christina then calls Adam a Justin Timberlake wannabe and Cee Lo can't help but comment on their sexual tension. Back to Juliet, people! Cee Lo says he wants her because she turned him on and he felt the story of his life in her song. Juliet picks Team Cee Lo. Hopefully, this teaches Christina and Adam to keep the playful bickering in check. Christina goes over to apologize to Adam. "Be nice," he says. "You know I love you," she retorts.

Chris Mann, 29, majored in opera in college and is here at least partly for his mom, who is suffering from pancreatic cancer. His song choice starts out as traditional opera, but morphs into a powerful, Josh Groban-esque pop song midway through. His style is distinct and consistently strong throughout. He says after years of shrinking his voice down to fit the mold, he wanted to do things his way. Cee Lo and Christina duke it out and Cee Lo says there's nothing Chris can't do, and Christina says she knows what to do with "real vocalists." Chris joins Team Christina.

Cue a quick and sweet montage of auditions that didn't make the cut. None of these performers are terrible by any means, but it's also nice to see the coaches even give the rejected singers thoughtful feedback.

Christina is about to get a big blast from her past as former Mouseketeer Tony Lucca, 35, gets ready to take the stage. He shows a picture of him and Christina together on the set and says that he started performing at smaller clubs after the New Mickey Mouse Club was canceled. Since then, however, he's reached a ceiling in his career. His performance of "Trouble" starts out very good, but also very close to Ray LaMontagne's vocals before he really finds his own layered voice in the song and finds new depth in the frequently covered tune. All four of the judges push their buttons (technically, Adam pushes Cee Lo's button). They all shower him with praise, but Christina does little more. You can literally see Carson's face drop for a split second when it looks like she doesn't recognize him at all. AWKWARD! Adam reminds Tony that he pushed two buttons and wins him over.

Tony fails to mention anything to Christina on stage, but just as the chairs turn around again for the next audition, she suddenly recognizes him and walks backstage to greet her old friend, meet his wife and son, and reminisce about how Britney Spears used to have such a big crush on him. Britney wouldn't mind me saying that, Christina says, but Tony's wife doesn't look too thrilled to learn that factoid. Did she actually remember him? Or did she get a little help from a birdie in her ear piece? The world may never know.

So what did you think? Do you disagree with any of the coaches' choices? Do you think any of the contestants should have picked different coaches? And was watching Tony-gate unfold as uncomfortable for you as it was for us? Weigh in with your comments below!

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Turn your big red chairs around, America. That sound you hear is the end of the Super Bowl (great game, Eli) and the beginning of the new season of The Voice. Will Team Adam claim victory two years in a row? Or will this be the time for Cee Lo, Christina or Blake to home the honors for the first time. Let's get started with the blind auditions.

17-year-old RaeLynn makes it clear she's all Team Blake by performing one of his wife's songs, "Hell on Heels." At first, you can hear the nerves in the Texas farm girl's voice, but ...
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