Cee Lo Green had a tough night Wednesday in the blind auditions for “The Voice,” losing out many of his chosen artists to other coaches. But he ends week one with four of the 16 team members he needs to move to the battle rounds.
Monday night Green picked up the soulful Trevin Hunte and Daniel Rosa, who auditioned last season but failed to get any coach to turn their chair.
Hunte sang “Listen,” with Christina Aguilera turning her chair almost immediately. Blake Shelton followed shortly after, with Green hitting his button last, but apparently the 18-year-old Hunte wasn’t phased by the delay, as he chose Green.
Bet his eighth grade teacher who told him he’d never amount to anything is eating his or her words now.
Rosa didn’t make the cut last season, but got chair turns from Green and Adam Levine this time around with his rendition of “Somebody That I Used to Know.” Despite Levine rushing the stage after his performance to give him the hug he claimed he had been wanting to since his last failed audition, Rosa chose Green and became the second member of his team.
On Tuesday night’s show, Green picked up only one artist — MacKenzie Bourg, who woke from a drug induced coma and life support the day before the 2012 Super Bowl, and decided to audition after seeing the second season premiere of “The Voice.” Bourg had contracted a virus that caused his major organs to shut down, but has embraced his new lease on life by pursuing his dreams.
He performed “Pumped Up Kicks,” and bonus points for geeky coolness — after being initially compared to Harry Potter for his look, then Justin Bieber, he very quickly piped up with his preference for the Harry Potter comparison.
Geeks everywhere rejoice.
And last but certainly not least, Green picked up singer/dancer Domo on Wednesday after the uh, shall we say, “very confident” singer performed the Green-penned “Don’t Cha.” Green was the only one to turn his chair, but that didn’t stop her from flirting with the “Lady Killer” during her performance. As Aguilera noted, Green is going to have his hands full with that one.
It will be interesting to see what she can do when she focuses a little more on her vocals rather than dancing, and you know the flamboyant Green will really go to town styling this one’s performances.
Team analysis: Rosa is a sentimental favorite with his gutsy resolve to come back and earn a spot this season, but is going to have a hard time holding his own against power vocalists like Hunte. Bourg had a great quirkiness tempered with a dynamic, understated performance which may take him far, but Domo seems to be the great unknown factor, with the promise of a big voice that could be great if she knows how to balance showing off and reeling it in — and watches the fine line between confidence and cockiness.
Remember, fans have the final vote.
The featured video is Domo’s performance — while Bourg’s geek love won me over, Green’s reaction in this video is just too priceless.
Want to catch up with the other teams after week one? Read about Team Blake, Team Adam and Team Xtina.
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