'The Voice' Blind Auditions, Pt. 4: A Berry Good Episode
The fourth Blind Auditions episode of "The Voice" Season 4 aired Tuesday night, and it offered quite a diverse array of talent: a former fashion model, a teen YouTube star, a wedding singer, and a couple of long-haired rocker dudes. Do any of them have what it takes to become the next Cassadee Pope, or at least the next Jermaine Paul? Maybe. One of them might even have the potential to be the next Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood. Read on to find out why.
Audrey Karrasch - Audrey's sob story, if you can call it that, is that she used to be a fashion model, and that experience did a number on her psychologically. Oh, boo hoo. This show is full of people with dying parents and doorstep-orphaned pasts, and that's the best this gal could come up with? Really? I know the modeling world can be cutthroat--hey, I watch "ANTM," too--but this wasn't exactly a tale of woe that was going to make "Voice" viewers root for Audrey. But then…Audrey sang Jessie J's "Price Tag," and suddenly she was 100 percent likable. She was a vivacious performer, working the stage to the max even though the coaches couldn't see her yet, and she kind of reminded me of Tony Manero's plucky girlfriend in that Saturday Night Fever movie sequel, Stayin' Alive. Remember? Stayin' Alive? No? Okay, don't ask me why this random celluloid image came to mind, but Audrey just sort of had this cute '80s-B-movie vibe that I appreciated. The judges appreciated Audrey, too. "I knew you were great from the beginning, because of your attack on the song," said Blake Shelton. "It takes strength and confidence to come out here and move this crowd. You're my girl--I already know it!" said Usher. Usher hadn't even finished his sales pitch before a giddy Audrey cut him off and exclaimed, "Okay! Let's do it! I pick USHER!" Audrey is clearly a girl who knows what she wants, and that could take her far in this competition. She might be stayin' alive on "The Voice" for a while.
MEMBER OF: Team Usher
Brandon Roush - Brandon sings in a band with the Worst. Name. Ever: the Dirty Grindstones. (Time to go solo, Brandon!) But otherwise, he's got all the elements of a "Voice" success story: He's a relatable dude who kind of looks like Silent Bob's sidekick, Jay; he works with autistic children by day (aw); and, well, he rocks. I thought I was through hearing covers of the Joe Cocker version of "A Little Help From My Friends" on these shows--and honestly, it wouldn't have hurt Brandon to go with a more interesting, less hackneyed song choice. But he really sold this song, rasping it up like Cocker on a good day and tossing around a mane of hair that would've made a circa-'92 Cornell or Vedder grungy-green with envy. I am still not sure why Blake was so surprised, or why, when he finally got a look at Brandon, he exclaimed, "Oh my God, that is not what you're supposed to look like!" I thought Brandon's image ("He looks like he's in Megadeth, which is awesome," observed Adam Levine) perfectly matched his gruff vocals. The bigger surprise, really, was that only Shakira hit her button for this guy. Shakira seems to dig the rocker boys--she also picked up this week's emo growler Garrett Gardner by default--and if she can pick up a few more, she may be on her way to building her own rock 'n' roll band, or at least building a strong team.