‘The Voice’ Season 5 Blind Auditions, Part 3: Bang-Up Jobs
The third Blind Auditions episode of "The Voice" Season 5 featured a little something for everyone: blues, soul, rock, pop, folk, nepotism. But while the appearance by the sister of a certain sitcom it-girl will undoubtedly make headlines (read on for more about that audition), a few other singers on the show made a truly, um, big bang.
Here's who made it through the Blind Auditions this Monday:
Ray Boudreaux – This Louisiana crooner and single dad was the perfect mix of hipster and hick, belting a sexy, bluesy version of Bill Withers's "Use Me" that was brimming with personality and passion. This was one of the standouts of the night, and a fantastic way to kick off the show. I was surprised that Adam Levine didn't turn his chair (Ray had a bit of Maroon-eyed soul in him), and I think that CeeLo Green, who did turn around, would have been THE perfect coach for Ray. ("We're cut from the same cloth," CeeLo said, also namedropping his pal Bill Withers for good measure.) But Ray went for the coach with the solid track record, three-time winner Blake Shelton. And Blake may soon be a four-time winner, with Ray on his side. The ladies are going to LOVE this guy. I know I already do.
MEMBER OF: Team Blake
Lina Gaudenzi – This ex-model (and daughter of an ex-model) turned her back on the fashion world and fled to Paris to study classical music. I do think her performance had a few lovely moments, but overall, I believe she has a bit more studying to do. There was a disturbing goatiness to her vibrato (Season 4 coach Shakira probably would have loved Lina!), and I'm sorry, but nobody messes with Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" — one of the best, weepiest ballads EVER — and gets away with it, as far as I'm concerned. However, Christina Aguilera was impressed, spinning around before Blake finally caved in, and she won over opera singer Lina by namedropping her own successful opera-belting Team Xtina alum — without ever saying his actual name. (For those of you with especially short short-term memories, Christina was vaguely referring to Season 2's Chris Mann.) Lina may have a chance, but she certainly won't win this season by a…wait for it…landslide.
MEMBER OF: Team Xtina
Juhi Pathak – Juhi was another major highlight of the night. The sassy 16-year-old, a '90s fan who quite awesomely dreams of being "a cross between Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain," had TEAM CEELO written all over her. She was quirky, artsy, exotic (she learned to sing by listening to her mom perform Indian music), and her rendition of Duffy's "Mercy" was chock full o' soul. This girl was simply cool. CeeLo called her a "kindred spirit" and "family." None of the other coaches ever even had a chance. CeeLo and Juhi clearly go together like Blake Shelton and beer.
MEMBER OF: Team CeeLo