He Will Be Loved: ‘Voice’ Contestants Crush Hard on Adam Levine
The Emmy-winning "Voice" returned for a fifth season this Monday, which meant the return of original coaches Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green, who joined regulars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for a rousing opening number of the Arrows'/Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." Xtina looked fabulous in her body-hugging LBD, and CeeLo was his usual colorful self, rocking a headful of henna tattoos and a "Thriller" jacket. But somehow, it was Adam who received most of the attention this evening. The Maroon 5 heartthrob may have recently gotten engaged to a Victoria's Secret supermodel, but that didn't stop two very different contestants from shamelessly hitting on him. His longtime bromance partner Blake was probably jealous.
The first contestant to make a pass at Adam was soul sensation Donna Allen, who at 54 years old was the oldest contestant of the night, and 20 years Adam's senior. Like many singers on "The Voice," Donna came to the show with a long and impressive professional history, including nine years as a member of the Miami Sound Machine. (Here's an awesome vintage video of her gyrating in an '80s-graffiti-splattered alley, wearing a yellow Spandex catsuit, accompanied by what appears to be the cast of Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. You're welcome.) Donna's powerhouse performance of "You Are So Beautiful" won Adam over, and when he ran up to give her a celebratory hug after she agreed to join his team, she showed that she still had a few sexy moves in her arsenal, coiling her arms AND legs around him. This bold flirtation totally shocked even Christina, a woman who once flaunted a thong and schoolgirl skirt in that "Dirrty" video and had presumably seen it all by now. All I can say is…you go, Donna. And you go get that yellow unitard out of mothballs and wear it to your first one-on-one mentoring session with Adam, too.
And then there was Team Adam recruit Nic Hawk. Fascinatingly describing himself as the male version of Amy Winehouse or Jessie J, this wild-eyed theater fop and twerktastic hip-hop dance teacher hit the stage singing "Hit 'Em Up Style" with so much manic energy, it seemed like he'd been chasing fistfuls of No-Doz and sugar pills with a case of Jolt before his performance. (Starbucks is a sponsor of this show. Maybe there was a LOT of free Starbucks backstage?) While Nic's reedy, nasal vocals were hardly the best of the night, Adam still whacked his button with lightning speed, much to Nic's delight. "What's goin' on, handsome?" Nic sassed, batting his lashes in Adam's direction.