Last night’s blind auditions premiere of The Voice proved that new girls Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus are coming in full speed to fill their teams with some top-tier talent and win this thing. Now it’s the boys’ — well, mostly just Adam Levine’s — turn to start thinning the margins by culling some talent for their own teams. In the season premiere, Adam couldn’t even land the guy who once creeped on him backstage at a Maroon 5 concert. It’s now go time for Team Adam, and what a bounty he receives this eve. He wiiill be loved.
Sa’Rayah (28 - Chicago, IL)
“Drown In My Own Tears” by Ray Charles
The night starts out on a heavy note, with soul singer Sa’Rayah breaking everyone’s hearts with her bitter memories of being robbed of a childhood by her mother’s addiction. The good news? Her mom’s now sober, Sa’Rayah has a gorgeous little girl of her own, and she gets to take her pick between Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys after running away with an old soul classic. Alicia tries to woo her with her usual speeches about tapping into “the truth, the real, the light,” and Miley throws out a few platitudes, too. Ultimately, Sa’Rayah just wants to do the unexpected when picking her coach of choice, so she opts for a little flower power to help her through.
Ethan Tucker (26 - Olympia, WA)
“Roxanne” by The Police
Here’s a guy who once tricked the Steve Miller Band into letting him be their opening act just to get some play time at a sold-out show. That alone makes him completely rad, but it’s even cooler that his roommate is his 85-year-old grandma Dorothy, with whom he spends all his free time whenever he’s not busy touring with the likes of Ziggy Marley and Buddy Guy. His reggae-jazz take on “Roxanne” is a little dry, sure, but Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are definitely feeling his raspy tones and the theory that went into his song variation. In a surprise decision, Ethan decides to forgo the opportunity to work with Adam — who says they “musically get along,” whatever that means — and instead joins forces with Blake. Was it Blake’s casual reminder that he’s recently made some friends within the ska-reggae scene (“I’m not ashamed to say I played the Gwen Stefani card”) that won the day? No doubt.
Katie Colosimo (28 - Nashville, TN)
“Stone Cold” by Demi Lovato
This pet beautician really wants to break out of her cage, but she’s gonna need to do a little grooming before her next audition. There was definitely some talent there, but the pitch was all over the place.
NEXT: Team Adam finally nabs some solid hopefuls…