Wednesday, October 2, 2013

'The Voice' Gets Its Own Rap And A Four-Chair Second Chance

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"The Voice" teams continued to take shape on Tuesday night's episode. At the end of the show, coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton both have two spots left for next week's blind auditions. Christina Aguilera has only one spot left open while Cee Lo Green needs to get his butt in gear with three spots.

The episode introduced us to new talent like the authentic country singer Justin Chain and the passionate soul singer Stephanie Anne Johnson. Read on to see how the night went down!



Macey Has A 'Way' With Hip-Hop
We met Macey Estes in a big transition in her life: she'd just graduated from high school, hoping to leave her days in show choir behind to pursue an edgier career in hip-hop. Her parents were OK with her putting off college, and together they picked up and trekked to "The Voice" auditions. The dancer/singer/rapper wowed the judges with Ariana Grande's "The Way," but her youth showed through. Christina, Macey's choice coach, didn't hear high notes that she would've like to hear, and agreed with Adam that there was too much potential to work on. Even though she wasn't chosen, she busted out a "Voice" rap for the coaches.

Land, Ho!
After spending eight months a year working as a lounge singer on a cruise ship, Stephanie Anne Johnson decided that she wants to drop her anchor on land. The classically trained singer used "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" to win over Cee Lo and Christina. "I heard soul and conviction," Cee Lo told her after she admitted that she wants to make "indie soul" music. Despite Green's desire to get her on his team, Aguilera nabbed the singer, saying "I was really taken by the energy you put out there. It just moved me." Now all Stephanie has to do is swap out her sea legs!

Getting A Third Chance
You might remember James Irwin from last season of the "The Voice." He was the guy who was looking for his second chance in music after he was about to give up. But although he never made it past the blind auditions, Shakira told him "Life gives you third and fourth chances," which pushed him to work harder on his technique. "I'm too stubborn to quit," he admitted. So when he came out and sang his rendition of R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion," all four chairs turned rather quickly — a complete difference from his rendezvous with season four's judges. "I think that's the first time ever," Levine said.

Irwin went with his "rocker" gut feeling and chose Adam as his coach. "That kind of accelerated improvement made me think that that dude is capable of doing anything," Levine said afterward.

He's Country
Justin Chain had the complete look of an authentic country singer. He had the plaid shirt, cowboy hat and Alabama twang to go along with everything. So it was no surprise that when we opened his mouth, true country crooning flowed out. Blake, of course, applauded his reworking of Jason Aldean's "She's Country" and became his coach in the one-chair round.



Shine Bright Like A Diamond
Ashley Dubose sang the intro to Rihanna's "Diamonds" without any notice, but the single mom got three simultaneous chair spins as soon as she launched into the chorus. Cee Lo decided to follow suit too. The 23-year-old college grad from Minnesota was starting to get bogged down with work, music and parenting. She brought her talents to stage in an effort to condense work with her love of music, following the ultimate dream With all the judges onboard in an attempt to recruit her, Ashley had her pick at coaches. Dubose took a fancy to Adam's feistiness and chose him as her mentor in the end.

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