‘The Voice’ Blind Auditions, Episode 7: Team Blake Gets Back In The Game
"The Voice" Season 3 Blind Auditions continued at a snail-crawling-through-molasses pace on Tuesday, with frustratingly little progress made by the episode's end. Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera only scored one new team member apiece, and Adam Levine somehow managed to get through the entire episode without recruiting a single singer. Only for Blake Shelton was Tuesday's episode any sort of game-changer. But what a game-changer it was! In the course of just one hour, Blake went from being this season's most disadvantaged coach, with the weakest team, to someone with a real chance of winning this whole thing for a second season in a row--when he snagged two new valuable team members who are likely to become Season 3 frontrunners.
Charlie Rey - This likable everyman, a smog technician who works in his dad's auto shop and fears that all air pollution exposure is affecting his father's health, definitely saw "The Voice" as his escape from a long (but possibly shortened) life of exhaust fumes and exhaustion. "I don't want to keep breathing all that carbon monoxide; it's taking years off my life and destroying my voice," Charlie told host Carson Daly. (Suffice to say, after this, "The Voice" is not going to be sponsored by Jiffy Lube any time soon.) Charlie's performance of Michael Buble's "Home" (a song once covered by Blake Shelton, actually) started off underwhelmingly--his diction was garbled and his projection wasn't great--but his confidence eventually grew and he started to sell the song, and himself, by the end. Blake and Adam were impressed and buzzed in, and a grateful Charlie dropped to his knees, overcome with emotion--which probably only endeared him to America all the more. "I think it's obvious that I'm a better coach than Blake," an eager Adam told Charlie. Charlie didn't find it so obvious, however--he chose to join Team Blake instead. Frankly, Blake needed Charlie more, after building a fairly unimpressive and fodder-filled team this season...but I don't blame Adam for being angry over losing this one. Charlie may not be the strongest singer this season, but he's the kind of contestant that America with vote for.
MEMBER OF: Team Blake
Cassadee Pope - Every season of "The Voice" brings us a cool chick who once was in pop-punk band of some renown. Season 1 had Meg & Dia's Dia Frampton, Season 2 had Automatic Loveletter's Juliet Simms, and for Season 3, it's Cassadee, the former frontwoman of Columbia/Decaydence Records band and onetime Fall Out Boy touring partners Hey Monday. (FOB's Pete Wentz even gave Cassadee a pre-audition video shoutout this Tuesday.) Cassadee appeared to be very nervous going into her audition, which seemed unusual for a pro who toured pretty much nonstop from 2008 to 2011. And she had no reason to be skittish, really. Her cover of Ednaswap/Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" was stellar, and none of the coaches were torn: All four of them turned around for her. Adam was so into Cassadee's performance, in fact, that he gave her a standing ovation and gushed, "I would be so honored to have you on my team; I know exactly what we would do." It was no surprise that Cassadee didn't go with Cee Lo, who can't get anyone to join his team nowadays, and who probably creeped her out by singing ZZ Top's "Legs" while leering lecherously at her miniskirt. It was also unsurprising that Cassadee didn't go for the least-rockin' judge on the panel, Christina. But when Cassadee chose Blake over Adam, that was a shock, especially after Adam's standing O and impassioned speech. Adam was crestfallen and bitter once again, and Blake was once again delighted.
MEMBER OF: Team Blake