‘The Voice’ Season 5 Blind Auditions, Part 4: Chicago Hope
Up until the fourth night of "The Voice" Season 5's Blind Auditions, I was thinking that CeeLo Green had a real shot of winning this season. But then, on Tuesday, he all but got shut out of the audition process, as one contestant after another passed him over. Meanwhile, Adam Levine surged into the lead, recruiting three valuable Team Adam players. Now it really looks like Adam will be the coach to beat this season, finally seizing "Voice" victory from the jaws of defeat/Blake Shelton.
Here's a full recap of the contestants who made it through this Tuesday:
Will Champlin – This guy had a lot going for him. First of all, he had a cutely nerdy style; he kind of looked like he'd been raiding Season 2 finalist Pip's closet, while Adam described him as the "male Michelle Chamuel" (a major compliment, as far as I'm concerned). Second, Will came to the competition with plenty of experience as a working musician. And third/most importantly, his father, Bill Champlin, is a member of Chicago (the band), and CHICAGO ARE AWESOME. Anyone who disagrees with me about this, I will fight you. I didn't think Will's vocal was as interesting or unique as his look, but a lot of that probably had to do with his ho-hum song choice, Gavin DeGraw's "Not Over You." Hopefully Adam, whom Will ultimately picked as his coach, can assign this guy some material that's a little cooler, a little funkier, a little more Chamuelian. Or maybe Will could just cover Chicago's "Stay the Night." That'd be rad, too. (Side note: Why did the producers make such a big to-do about Will's rock 'n' roll heritage, but no mention was made about fellow auditioner Jason Kertson's grandfather, Rob Lind of the legendary Sonics? Maybe because Will got through and Jason didn't.)
MEMBER OF: Team Adam
Stephanie Anne Johnson – I admit that I readied myself for a dreaded four-chair shutout when I learned that this woman makes a living as a cruise-ship singer. After all, "cruise-ship" is a hyphenated adjective often utilized in singing-show critiques to disparage cornball contestants. Thankfully, Stephanie was not corny. But I don't think KT Tunstall's "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" was quite the right song for her. While she attacked the bluesy tune with the gusto of a performer used to having to fight for buffet-bound passengers' attention, she trailed off on a lot of her lines and sounded winded in parts. There was potential there, and she was immensely likable, but the girl needed guidance. CeeLo and Christina Aguilera both offered their guidance, and I totally thought CeeLo had this one in the bag when Stephanie revealed that she'd attended high school with CeeLo's Season 1 alum, the fabulous Vicci Martinez. Maybe it was CeeLo's failure to remember where Vicci placed (he said she came in second, but Dia Frampton was actually the runner-up that year) that blew it for him. CeeLo needs to brush up on his "Voice" trivia — especially when it comes his own contestants! Sheesh.
MEMBER OF: Team Xtina