On Night 3 of blind auditions, hopefuls get 90 seconds to showcase their talent and hopefully end up on one of the coaches' teams.
Coaches Adam, CeeLo, Christina and Blake were all ready to add more talent to their growing teams. It was a big night for some, while others didn’t exactly make the cut. Going into last night’s show coach Adam had five members for his team, while CeeLo, Christina and Blake all went into the night with four.
Louisiana native and single father Ray Boudreaux started the show. Ray took a break from moving laws to try his hand at singing on a bigger platform. His rendition of the soul classic “Use Me” earned him spins from Blake and CeeLo, who felt they each had something to offer him. (Adam thought he was a perfect fit for both, simply because he looks like Blake and sings like CeeLo).
After careful thought Ray decided that he was going to join team Blake. Blake brought his game-face and his secret weapons to Night 3. This season the three-time champion has been rather mum about picking just anyone for his team, but after hearing 27-year-old Monika Leigh sing “Thrill is Gone” he started a man fight. Although coaches Adam and CeeLo turned around for the Miami native first, after flashing his three trophies, and southern charm, Blake Shelton won the man fight, and ended up with one of the night’s top performers on his team. Following Monika was pop singer Cilla Chan, proving that Blake may not need a team full of country artist to pull off a win.
This season has brought a lot of talented musicians, who want to step away from singing at their local pubs, and move on to a bigger stage. Lina Gaudenzi stopped singing after years of performing in her local bar, moved to Paris and took time to figure out if a career in music is really what she wanted. Lina decided to hold on to her dreams of becoming a singer, and with her stripped-down version of “Landslide” she earned chair spins from Christina and Blake. However it was all about girl power, when Lina chose Christina for her coach.
Another talent that blew all of the judges away was 15 year old Timyra-Joi from San Diego, California. Timyra blew all of the judges away with her (better than Alicia Keys) rendition of “Girl on Fire.” She decided to keep the girl power movement going by joining team Christina along with Kaley Cuoco’s little sister and soon to be ex personal assistant Briana Cuoco, and soul singer Jacob Poole.
While 90 seconds was enough for some, it just wasn’t enough for all. As with every singing competition everyone who auditions can’t make it. Albino soul singer Malford Milligan, who found that "The Voice" would be the perfect platform for him because he won’t be judged on his looks but solely on his talent, in an upset his version of the Al Green classic “Let’s Stay Together” didn’t land him a coach (which they all regretted in the end). Another hopeful who didn’t make it this year was firefighter Zach Hinson and his version of “Drunk on You.” Although both men didn’t make it, they were just happy to get the chance to sing in front of the talented coaches.
Not only is this a season for bar talent, but a season for younger talent, too. Fifteen and 16-year-olds have been blowing the coaches away with voices that are older than them. Sixteen-year-old Juhi was no exception. The avid scholar is taking a break from thinking about her college career as an aerospace engineer or potentially a computer scientist to try her hand at singing. A cross between Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain, the 16-year-old won spins from both Coaches Christina and CeeLo, who were both very eager to have her on their teams after her version of the Duffy, hit “Mercy.” Juhi decided to go with CeeLo. Following in the footsteps to team CeeLo were George Horga Jr. who landed on team CeeLo after covering the Bruno Mar’s hit ‘Treasure, and Anthony Paul.
It takes a brave-brave soul to go into a competition singing the songs by one of the coaches. Last night that guy was Justin Blake. Justin, a small-town Tennessee native performed Blake’s hit “Sure Be Cool if You Did.” It wasn’t enough for coach Blake to turn his chair, but Adam jumped at the opportunity to take a country artist away from the resident country musician.
Justin ended up on Team Adam, and Blake decided he was going to steal him in the battle rounds. While all of the other coaches snatched up good talent throughout the night, Adam won in the end. After getting all four coaches to spin their chairs for him after his rendition of MGMT's “Electric Feel,” Preston Pohl ended up on Team Adam after giving the night’s best performance. (Maybe this is Adam’s new strategy, waiting for the last contestant and hoping they pick him in the end.) Well it looks like it is working for him.
With room for more talent on each team, it is hard to figure out which team will be the team to beat. And with more empty slots, and more auditions ahead, which coach will complete their team first?Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun