‘The Voice’ Season 3 Final Auditions: Ladies’ Night
The first two winners of "The Voice" may have been men, but if the final Blind Auditions episode of "The Voice" Season 3, which aired Monday, is any indication, then the show very well may crown a female champion this season. Monday's episode was all about the ladies, with the male auditioners (even a very promising one with real heartthrob appeal) getting passed over in favor of one talented girl after another. Well before the episode was even over, lone female coach Christina Aguilera had completed her team with a whopping 12 of her 16 contestants being pop females, and I'd personally developed at least three serious girl-crushes of my own.
In fact, it was only towards the very end of Monday's show--as Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and the constantly snubbed Cee Lo Green solidified their own team lineups--than any male contestants even got a shot. But the two talented men who did get picked, in the episode's down-to-the-wire final minutes, were definitely worth the wait.
Here's how Xtina, Adam, Blake, and Cee Lo's teams shaped up after this week's final auditions...with some final analysis about each team's odds moving into next week's Battle Rounds...
Nathalie Hernandez - This charming 15-year-old came to the show with, refreshingly, no over-the-top sob story (seriously, NBC, you've been laying on the melodrama way too thick this season), other than the fact that her she missed her prom and her brother's graduation to attend her "Voice" audition. I think her brother and rejected prom date will forgive her once they see her lovely audition of Taylor Swift's "White Horse," which inspired Blake, Christina, and Adam to all turn their chairs. While Nathalie was not a powerhouse belter (which is why I was slightly surprised that Christina showed interest), there was natural talent there, an unforced quality to Nathalie's voice that I appreciated (especially in a talent-show era when so many contestants think the only way to impress is to practically SHOUT a song as if its lyrics were in all caps). "You can actually believe and hear what you're singing, and you sold the song," said Blake. "You have a lot of what people don't have, which is the ability to connect," said Adam, already shifting into hypercompetitive mode. But surprisingly, Nathalie chose Christina as her coach. I'm not sure this was the best match, genre-wise, but as a former teen singer herself, it's possible that Christina can offer Nathalie insight that Blake and Adam couldn't.
MEMBER OF: Team Xtina
Rod Michael - Rod and his scrupulously manicured Joey Lawrence eyebrows used to be in an American boy band called B3, who according to Wikipedia and Rod were once really, really big in Germany. However, unlike American export David Hasselhoff, Rod was never able to replicate any of his German success over on these here shores. And he apparently found it very humbling to return to a life of obscurity and street-busking in the States, which I think was supposed to be his sob story. ("I want to get back what I had," he told Carson Daly.) Well, Rod's sob story wasn't over just yet. While his performance of Mike Posner's "Please Don't Go" was far from terrible, and there were some interesting tones here and there, overall it wasn't enough to impress any of the coaches, and by the end of "Please Don't Go," it was, well, time for Rod and his perfect eyebrows to go. Rod's good looks might have made him a contender under different circumstances, but as Adam put it, "It's 'The Voice,' not 'The Abs.'" (Side note: How much you wanna bet Mark Burnett is shopping a pilot for "The Abs" to the Oxygen network right now?)
MEMBER OF: Team No One
Caitlin Michele - GIRL-CRUSH ALERT! Oh, there were so, so many things to cosmically love about Caitlin. The Allison Iraheta-esque tie-dyed hair. Her adorably proud and supportive father. Her gutsy cover of the not-at-all-easy-to-sing "Cosmic Love" by Florence + The Machine. Not even her sob story (she suffers from extreme panic disorder) could turn me off, and she certainly didn't seem panicked as she performed naturally and gracefully onstage. I was panicked for a moment when it seemed like no coach was going to turn around for Caitlin, but then finally Blake and Adam came to their senses. (Side note: Since Caitlin described herself as "the farthest thing from normal," I'm a little saddened/surprised that resident weirdo Cee Lo didn't turn around too.) Caitlin eventually went with Adam, which means Team Adam could become my favorite team of Season 3, because it now features both Caitlin and my gurl Melanie Martinez. The downside? I'm already prematurely bummed out realizing that, because of the way this show's rules are structured, Caitlin and Melanie can't both make it to this season's finale.
MEMBER OF: Team Adam