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TV Show: Voice, The

'Voice' brings more heart to stage
By Samie Durnford, QMI Agency


Mackenzie Bourg singing Foster The People's Pumped Up Kicks.

The blind auditions continued last night on The Voice and no time was wasted getting started. Back to back with last night, I guess they held the corny judge group performance for episode two. An episode full of survivors, this half of the blind auditions brought more heart to the stage.

Adriana Louise was 9 years old when her family was held at gunpoint. Singing Domino in a little white dress, she instantly captures CeeLo and Adam's buttons. Christina and Blake were closely behind. Adriana is a strong singer, although sort of cookie-cutter normal. She doesn't seem to bring anything special but is definitely a full package with her looks. Christina is a shoe-in choice for mega fan Adriana.

Ex-wrestler and cowboy, Casey Muessigmann, put music on the back-burner until a knee injury which caused him to gain a ton of weight. Inspired to lose the weight and get back into music, he's now taking his chance singing with a rendition of Sweet Home Alabama. Blake is obviously the first one to turn around, followed shortly by CeeLo. Casey is cute and lovable, but I'm not sure he's got what it takes to even make it past the battle rounds. Plus, he keeps smacking his own butt which is kind of weird. Blake walks away with Casey on his team, naturally.

Aquile takes the stage singing Your Song. After breaking his jaw when he was 19 and learning to play the guitar, he feels ready to take on the judges. CeeLo and Christina turn around within the first five seconds. His smooth voice is nice but he should have tried to do something different with the classic Elton tune. Adam turns around before the song ends. With a little convincing and a pick up line, Aquile ends up choosing Christina.

Christina is cleaning up this episode and for once in three seasons, I think she's making good choices.

Ryan Fogarty, tour production coordinator for Leann Rhimes, is no stranger to the music business. Ready for the spotlight with Leann backing him, Ryan takes the stage with slow country song Tomorrow. It's a bit shaky and no one ends up turning around. Probably for the best.

A boy who has fought hard for his life after catching a virus which started to shut down all of his organs, Mackenzie Bourg survived and decide to really go after his dream of music now that he has a second chance at life so young. Armed with a guitar and a new twist on the popular Pumped Up Kicks, Blake is instantly excited when he hears the beat but doesn't turn around. CeeLo is the first to press the button and is happy with the super cute Mackenzie. But, no one else turns around. I think Mackenzie will do really well. He's quirky and The Voice fans love covers with a twist.

Singing since he was a little, Julio Cesar Castillo sings for his father entirely in Spanish, which is a first for the show. Well known song, La Bamba, is his choice and Blake instantly turns around for some reason. I'm not quite sure what he plans to do with an all Spanish singer. CeeLo also turns around last minute when he hears Julio rip the last note. Blake walks away with him on his team.

The teams so far:

Christina: Picked up two singers, making her team total four.

Adam: Picked up no one this show and only has two team members.

Blake: Picked up two team members this show, making his team total four.

CeeLo: Picked up one singer this show and has a total of three members.

They've all got a long way to go to get 16 members total on each team, meaning there are many more blind auditions to come and many more sob stories to pull your heart strings.

Tonight The Voice brings it one more time.

 




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