Blind Faith: ‘Voice’ Coaches Finalize Their Season 5 Teams
Adam, CeeLo, Blake, and Christina sat through the final Blind Audition rounds of this "Voice" season on Monday, which meant by the night's end, they'd all solidified their respective team lineups. Looking over how the teams stand going into next week's Battle Rounds, I'd say Season 5 is either CeeLo Green or Adam Levine's season to lose — and also, that it's literally Christina Aguilera's season to lose. That is, Adam and CeeLo have recruited some very strong singers; Christina, once again, has not chosen so wisely.
Below is a rundown of Monday's successful auditions, followed by my self-declared-expert rankings of each finalized team:
Matt Cermanksi – Matt auditioned last season, doing that gender-flipping shtick that so often works wonderfully on singing shows by covering Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream." It didn't work in his case, though. Matt's big mistake? He didn't play his guitar. Duh! Obviously this guy never watched the David Cook or Kris Allen seasons of "American Idol." Anyway, Matt took some vocal lessons, packed his guitar, and returned to "The Voice" this week — but not before suffering the indignity of having to rewatch his failed Season 4 audition and an old home video of him singing on the toilet as a toddler. Eek! Honestly, I didn't think Matt's cover of "Have a Little Faith in Me" was so amazing; I'd heard better singers get passed over this season. That's why I was flummoxed when Blake Shelton, Adam, AND CeeLo all hit their buttons for Matt. Matt went with Adam, who called him this show's "most improved player." But Adam has one of the strongest teams, if not the strongest team, this season, so it's likely that Matt's teenage dream of winning "The Voice" will be crushed in the Battle Rounds.
MEMBER OF: Team Adam
Tamara Chauniece – This ministers' daughter took "The Voice" to church with her powerhouse performance of Beyoncé's "1 + 1." Her style was a little conservative and old-fashioned, but there was no denying this diva's vocal fire. Christina buzzed in first, but CeeLo, the fallen son of ministers himself, also wanted Tamara (in the most carnal, least churchy way possible, of course). CeeLo's gross flirting usually backfires with female contestants…so when he asked Tamara to "save" him and then purred to her, "Damn, Jesus looks gooood," I was convinced he'd have Tamara reaching for her cross the way Scotty McCreery did when he was mentored on "Idol" by that heathen Lady Gaga. But for some reason, Tamara picked sinner CeeLo anyway. Hmmmm…I wonder if her parents would approve.
MEMBER OF: Team CeeLo