‘The Voice’ Live Round Week 1 Recap: Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton Watch Their Teams Perform
The live shows finally began on ‘The Voice‘ tonight, so the coaches changed outfits after several pre-taped weeks of battle rounds which saw them dressed in the same thing, like a grandpa cardigan. We’re talking to you, Adam Levine! His bromantic parnter Blake Shelton was fresh off his hosting gig. Cee Lo also rocked a new coif, with some sort of wig-like appendage on his head. Oh, and we loved the smoky makeup, Christina Aguilera!
Both Shelton and Aguilera saw six performers from their teams sing for their lives tonight, as the the thinning of the herd begins and America can vote.
Here’s how things shook down, courtesy of this nifty PopCrush recap. No, no, you’re welcome! It was our pleasure to provide it for you. So, who ya voting for? You have until 10 AM ET tomorrow (April 3) and you can nab the songs you liked on iTunes already. Tune in tomorrow night to find who survives and what will be left of them.
Chris Mann: He has a magical voice and sang ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ so he could show his emotion and his operatic range. He could be Josh Groban’s heir apparent.
Moses Stone: The rapper sang and rapped to a medley of Kanye West‘s ‘Stronger/Power’ with able-bodied gymnasts going nuts around him. All the coaches felt he is actually a better singer than rapper, which didn’t seem to be the case when we met him. Good work, Mo!
Lindsey Pavao: She went extremely new and modern with Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used to Know,’ adding some dubstep influence to her delivery. Her voice is airy and breathy, and she turned up the performance element, with mimes by her side and using her eyes to flirt with the crowd.
Sera Hill: ‘Find Your Love’ by Drake was her jam, but she is still a mini Mary J., which is of course a compliment. Loved the white suit and finger waves. Oh, and her voice was pretty bangin’. We admit, she’s a personal fave.
Jesse Campbell: He needed to bring it, life or death style, with ‘What a Wonderful World.’ He chose life! The coaches said he is the one to beat, since he can sing the alphabet and make it sound goooood.
Jermaine Paul: “Whoa, we’re halfway there, livin’ on a prayer!” That’s what he sang, using his massive voice to show off his rock ‘n’ roll side by attempting Bon Jovi in dramatic fashion. Thumbs up.
RaeLynn: The country gal took Maroon 5‘s pop song ‘Wake Up Call’ and made it country. She had killer stage presence, stomping around. Shelton called her the future of country, and said people at the ACMs were talking to him about her last night. That’s a big deal, Rae.
Naia Kete: The reggae street singer performed ‘Turning Tables’ by Adele with a tender flair. She made it her own with her raspy voice and the stringed arrangement. Her coach wanted her to prove she is more than just reggae, and she did, since there was not a note of reggae in her perf.
Erin Willett: Her father died during the battle rounds, so she was certainly singing Stevie Wonder’s ‘Living for the City’ for his life. She delivered a technically proficient performance, for sure.
Charlotte Sometimes: The New Jersey queen wanted to show her softer side with Paramore’s ‘Misery Business,’ so she rearranged the song to let us see (and hear) she is not just a singer with sass. It was quiet when it needed to be and bold when it had to be. PopCrush’s editors thought her hair and dress were perfectly paired, too.