The Voice: End of the blind auditions (spoiler alert)
Let the battle rounds begin.
By and large, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton got some more good ones to add to their 12-singer teams on Monday's episode of The Voice.
I would have picked Cameron just for the burst of opera he did for Carson Daly in the Starbucks where all the contestants gather, but this is one case where the blindness of the auditions worked against him. The coaches apparently thought he was a woman doing "You Oughta Know." Had they known he was a man and an interesting looking one at that, I'm sure he would have made a team.
They even briefly considered breaking the rules to add Cameron to Cee Lo's team. "Dude, I apologize, I made a mistake. I think you're great," Cee Lo said.
Cameron, who had bragged earlier about visualizing himself winning The Voice, responded to his rejection with a rap. I didn't write down the words, but the gist was that it didn't matter what the coaches thought because the crowd loved him.
I think it does, though. How many rejected contestants do you remember from last season? Exactly.
On the other hand, I wondered if the coaches regretted turning around so quickly for Lex, who got worse as she sang "I Can't Make You Love Me."
Nerves wreaked havoc with the softness of the first phrases, with her pitch and enunciation taking a hit and one absolute clunker of a note that had Christina, the only coach not to turn her chair, making a face.
Adam said he wanted to train the Adele mannerisms out of Lex's voice and go for more of a Sade sound, and Blake wanted to focus on her lower register and the "sexy, sultry thing" thing she had. Lex picked Blake.
Here's who else made teams.
Team Adam: Big-voiced Whitney Myer, 25, the lead singer in a band with her dad and uncle, did a version of "No One" that made Christina forget it was an Alicia Keys song. But Whitney went with Adam, who told her, "You can win this whole thing. I know that you can. I promise you I will do everything in my power to make sure that happens."
Adam also picked handsome Orlando Napier, 25, of Los Angeles, who turned to music years earlier after a bar fight landed him in jail. Adam praised Orlando's "impeccable, really smooth timing" on "Waiting on the World to Change."
Team Cee Lo: The Shields Brothers were an endearing pair of rockers who rehearse in the garage of their parents' farm in tiny Rixeyville, Va. "We want to punch America in the face with rock 'n' roll because we think America needs to be punched in the face with rock 'n' roll," said Tristan. Cee Lo apparently agreed after they whipped up the crowd with a rollicking verison of Billy Idol's "Dancing With Myself," one of Cee Lo's favourite songs when he was growing up.
Cee Lo also picked Cheesa, 21, from Honolulu, Hawaii; and Wade, 18, from Alabama, who gave a Motown groove to Amy Winehouse's "Rehab."
Team Christina: Lee Koch's sweet-voiced version of "Like a Rolling Stone" finally got the picky Christina to turn her chair around, but she waited until almost the very end when the 27-year-old baker started playing harmonica.
Not only did Christina choose Sera Hill, 24, an Atlanta hotel clerk with a powerful voice, she joined her for an impromptu duet of "I'm Goin' Down."
Team Blake: Adley Stump, 22, is a newbie, having just recently started singing in her sorority, but she demonstrated natural talent on "Last Name" and had Blake and Christina fighting over her. "You have really, really good chops," Christina told her. "What does chops mean?" said Blake. "You don't know 'cause you're not a real vocalist," teased Christina, adding, "We're still gonna go fishing." Replied Blake, "Good, I'm gonna drown you." Although Christina promised to help Adley improve her vocals, she opted for Blake's promise that she'd learn how to tell a story in song.
Blake's first pick of the night was the aforementioned Lex Land.
The bad news is that half the singers we've seen in the blind auditions will be gone by the time the battle rounds are through, but I suspect we'll be highly entertained watching them, and their coaches, fighting it out.
The first battle begins next Monday at 8 p.m. on CTV.
(The photo is of Lex Land. I can't tell you who took it. NBC doesn't think Canadians deserve access to media photos, so I am reduced to thieving off other people's websites. Thanks NBC.)