‘The Voice’ Season 3 Premiere: Still The Best, Hands Down?
Well, it's only been four months since Jermaine What's-His-Name won "The Voice" Season 2, and already Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, and Cee Lo Green are back on NBC, searching for yet another singer who won't sell any records. Oh snap. Okay, yes, that sounds a little harsh and jaded. To be fair, Jermaine Paul hasn't even released an album yet--but that's precisely my point. Isn't it too soon for "The Voice" to be coming back? How can we miss it if it won't go away?
Well, like it or not, "The Voice" is back, and, to be honest, I did miss it just a bit. (Most of all, though, I missed Cee Lo's feline mascot, Purrfect, who apparently has been replaced by a considerably less cuddly pink cocktaoo.) "The Voice" is the TV talent show with arguably the widest and most impressive range of singing talent, even if that talent is too often overshadowed by the show's superstar judges, and Season 3's Monday premiere did not disappoint in that department.
So, do any of Season 3's first crop of promising Blind Auditioners have a shot of one day being as successful as, well, Adam, Xtina, Blake, or Cee Lo themselves? Quite possibly, but the season is young, so we shall see. Here were Monday's standouts:
De'Borah - I loved this girl. And yes, she is a girl, even though this ex-gospel singer readily confessed that she is often mistaken for a boy due to her androgynous style. The openly gay daughter of (wonderfully supportive and accepting!) pastor parents, De'Borah totally represented what makes "The Voice" different from more conservative talent shows like "American Idol." She declared, "I'm into love, I'm not into the gender thing...I represent every misfit who thought you had to blend in." Go De'Borah! The judges who turned around for her "Hey Soul Sister" performance, Cee Lo and Christina, definitely seemed surprised by De'Borah's appearance, but both seemed eager to take her on. I thought Cee Lo, who is also a quirky misfit from a church family, would have been the perfect coach for De'Borah (even host Carson Daly thought so)...but surprisingly, De'Borah went with Christina. This pairing sure is going to be interesting. I just hope Xtina does right by De'Borah.
MEMBER OF: Team Xtina
Terry McDermott - One of many "Voice" contestants with a not-so-secret professional past, this former member of Geffen Records band Driveblind capably belted out the Who's "Baba O'Reilly"--NOT an easy thing to do, as even Roger Daltrey would attest. None of the indecisive judges whacked their magic red buttons until Terry hit that "They're all WASTED!!!" money-note at the end, but then all three male judges spun their chairs around for this rockin' Scotsman with the Ron Wood rootster 'do. (I guess Xtina's not a Who fan.) After Blake joked that Terry could probably win this show just by talking in his charming Scottish brogue (hey, it worked for Damian McGinty on "The Glee Project"!), Terry went with Blake. A bonny good choice!
MEMBER OF: Team Blake