The Voice Episodes

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The Voice Episode: "The Blind Auditions, Part 4"

Season 2, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: Blind auditions continue.
Original Air Date: Feb 20, 2012

The Voice Episode Recap: Are the Coaches' Ears Burning Yet? Season 2, Episode 4

The blind auditions continue and the teams are filling up fast. There are big ol' crowd pleasers ahead, like Mathia, and then there are some questionable choices — Charlotte Sometimes may be a hometown girl, but someone explain her appeal to me. This is the second-to-last week of auditions before the teams move on to the battle rounds, so let's get to it!

Nothing personal, but 26-year-old Ducky should thank his lucky stars for the blind auditions. I sure wouldn't pick him with that creepy, villainous mustache. Unfortunately, Ducky's distinctive, rock-tinged vocals (which are great to Carson's ears), are not enough to get any of the coaches to turn around. Blake says he thinks he'll look back and regret not picking Ducky, and he shares a sip of something with the fallen hipster.

From the minute he starts singing, Brazilian native and father-of-two Jonathas comes off sounding like Usher's long-lost twin on "U Got It Bad." For a minute, it seems like he may be too much of a copycat, but his dance moves get the crowd going and he holds out a few big notes towards the end. Cee Lo and Christina both turn their chairs around and the battle begins. Christina spouts that she knows the best choreographers in the business and that she's been doing this since she was 4, while Cee Lo says he can do anything and points out that he and Jonathas have the same watch. (So?) Jonathas chooses Team Christina.

Monique Benabou is good enough on "Mr. Know It All," but her rendition sounds a little more karaoke than chart topper and she has a lot of trouble with the high notes Kelly Clarkson hits so effortlessly. Christina pushes her button anyways, and praises her tone and energy. Team Christina now has two less spots than the other teams. Will she be all filled up by the end of the night?

Naia Kete, 21, gets picked off the street, literally, when Carson delivers her invite while she is performing on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Her raspy vocals give some new personality to "Lazy Song" and Blake pushes his button before she even gets to the chorus. At first, she sounds soft (maybe too soft to be THE VOICE), but delivers some strong bigger notes in the second half that get Cee Lo's attention as well. The two men duke it out and Blake and Christina both note Naia's likeness to Xenia and Dia from last season. Although Naia says Cee Lo pushes all her buttons and admits she likes Cee Lo's music more, she picks Blake in the end.

31-year-old Czechoslovakian Erick Macek wants to pursue his American dream for his parents. His performance of "Free Fallin'" is — spoiler alert! — a snoozefest, and he's extremely pitchy on the high notes. Blake says he almost pushed his button, but he wasn't confident that Erick would survive the battle rounds.

Charlotte Sometimes, 23, from Wall, N.J. (Monmouth County what up!) was diagnosed with a rare jaw disease that almost kept her from singing. I'm not sure what it is, but there is something about her voice that strikes me as too dramatic and over-enunciated. You can hear her trying so hard in every note. However, her take on "Apologize" gets all four coaches to push their buttons. Blake says Charlotte is like Xenia and Christina and Adam argue about whether her voice is simple or unique — at which point Cee Lo says they should get a room ... or use his place. Does he want to watch or is he just that generous? Their bickering doesn't help their cause, and Charlotte surprises herself by picking Blake.

Tony Vincent, 38, has been in big Broadway productions like Rent and American Idiot, but says he's always wanted to pursue a pop-rock music career. After working with Queen on their Las Vegas show, he chooses "We Are the Champions," and comes out of the gate strong. He doesn't really add anything to the song, but there's a define electricity and intensity in his voice. Cee Lo pushes his button, but surprisingly, Adam does not. Cee Lo asks the rest of the coaches if their ears are burning and says he himself was moved. More for you, Cee Lo!

Pastor's kid Anthony Evans, 33, shows impressive range on "What's Going On," and, as Christina says, pushes out some big runs towards the end of the song. However, his voice still doesn't seem to stand out that much and Christina is the only one to turn around. I don't see him being able to out-sing any of her other contestants in the battle rounds, but best of luck!

For one of the first times tonight, the very picky Adam pushes his button first for 22-year-old sandwich maker Jamie Lono's performance of "Folsom Prison Blues." He performs the song with a guitar, but he's not a run-of-the-mill acoustic whimpy Jason Mraz-type. His voice has depth and it has grit. Both Adam and Cee Lo compliment him on his song choice and his soul, and even though he seems a better fit for Team Adam, he goes with Team Cee "I eat sandwiches" Lo.

19-year-old Dylan Chambers grew up in the theater because of his mom, and he shows some serious (i.e. a little terrifying and very distracting) hand moves during his tune, "Valerie." He definitely has energy, but he's a little uneven and would need more fine tuning before going onto the next round. Also picking an Amy Winehouse song doesn't help. Christina says she never felt that magical moment.

Carson Daly has a big personal stake in Justin Hopkins, who played for years in Carson Daly's house band on his late-night show. He chooses David Gray's "Babylon" — not a great song to show off vocal prowess — but he gets some runs in there. Cee Lo is the only one to turn around, and says he believes part of this show is about making improvements along the way. It will be interesting to see what progress he can make with Justin.

Nicolle Gaylon wants to be the first piano player in country music so here's hoping she gets Blake to turn around. At times, her voice is a little shaky and pitchy, but she also has a few breakthrough moments. I'll give her this, she definitely sounds like a country singer. However, it's Adam who turns around, not Blake. Adam is the only one to turn around, but sounds sold on Nicolle.

In a quick montage, we meet a few other singers going to the battle rounds: Ashley De La Rosa to Team Christina, Jordan Rager to Team Blake, Karla Davis to Team Adam, ALyX (say what?) to Team Blake.

31-year-old Eric Tipton says image has played too much of a role in his musical pursuits because people expect him to sing a certain genre, but his specialty is actually soul. That soul is very apparent the minute he opens his mouth to sing the very poppy "You Make My Dreams," but this song has a lot of breaks and the catchy music plays against him. If he loves soul music, why didn't he do a soul song instead of trying to re-define such a well-known pop song? Adam says Eric gave a good attempt, but failed to differentiate his version from Hall & Oates.

Mathai has to show her parents why she should be allowed to put off medical school, and her version of "Rumor Has It" doesn't disappoint. She has a killer voice and also great control. She's not afraid to zig where Adele zagged on the original. Adam is the first to turn around, almost immediately, followed by Cee Lo and Blake. Blake says he really, really likes her, and Adam says he's never heard a voice like her's before. Cee Lo tries to fight for her too, but she goes for Team Adam. Sayonara, scrubs!

So what did you think of tonight's blind auditions? Were you sad to see anyone go home? Do you think the coaches need to get their ears checked on any of the singers that are going through? Sound off on your thoughts in the comments below!

 

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The blind auditions continue and the teams are filling up fast. There are big ol' crowd pleasers ahead, like Mathia, and then there are some questionable choices — Charlotte Sometimes may be a hometown girl, but someone explain her appeal to me. This is the second-to-last week of auditions before the teams move on to the battle rounds, so let's get to it!

Nothing personal, but 26-year-old Ducky should thank his lucky stars for the blind auditions. I sure wouldn't pick him with that creepy, villainous mustache. Unfortunately, Ducky's distinctive, rock-tinged vocals (which are great to Carson's ears), are not enough to... read more

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Premise: Singers square off for a coveted recording contract in this reality talent contest from the producers of "Big Brother" and "Survivor." Four vocal coaches mentor the contestants in three distinct competition phases: the blind auditions (during which the coaches can't see a contestant and thereby judge them solely on their vocal talent); the battle phase (in which the contestants are advised and developed); and, lastly, the live-performance phase.

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