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'The Voice' recap: Talents impress in second night of blinds

September 25, 2013|By Amy Reiter
  • Holly Henry picked Blake Shelton as her coach during "The Voice" Season 5 blind auditions.
Holly Henry picked Blake Shelton as her coach during "The Voice"… (NBC / Tyler Golden/NBC )

"Is it true that it's now named 'The Blake Shelton Show'?" Christina Aguilera quipped during a coach bonding session that kicked off the second night of "The Voice" Season 5.

Actually, Shelton shot back, it's " 'Blake Shelton Presents The Voice.' "

Laugh if you wish, but now that he's coached a singer to victory on "The Voice" three years in a row, Shelton's fellow coaches aren't going to let him bag a fourth win without a serious fight. He has, as host Carson Daly so delicately put it, a big "bull's-eye on [his] back" – and the other coaches are aiming for it.

That was clear enough on during Tuesday's blind auditions, when, even as the other coaches were stocking their teams with talent, Shelton, who had started the evening with only one singer in his stable, got halfway through the night before he scored even one more. Ultimately, though, the show's winningest coach managed to catch up.

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Aguilera snagged 16-year-old New Jersey cheerleader Jacquie Lee from Shelton straight off the bat. Lee, a cute kid from a big Italian family who sings to sick kids and cancer patients in the hospital, offered up a hearty rendition of "Back to Black," spinning both Aguilera and Shelton.

Cee Lo Green, for his part, was captivated by Lee's shoes. "I like those boots. I wonder do they make those boots for dudes?" he mused, even whipping out his phone to snap a photo. "Did you buy those boots from Aldo?"

Meanwhile, Shelton and Aguilera duked it out for the talented teen wearing the blinged-out boots. Shelton said he "specialized" in helping 16-year-old girls win the show, but Aguilera noted she'd been a young girl growing up in a "tricky" business, and said she wanted to help Lee make her way. "I want to be that shoulder you can lean on," she told Lee, sinking Shelton's chances. Team Christina it was.

Shelton also lost out on Barry Black, a singer from American Samoa who lived in Washington and could make a sound like a fluegelhorn with his mouth. Black showed off this strange talent as well as his singing with "What You Won't Do for Love."

Perhaps simply out of curiosity, Adam Levine turned for Black first, followed shortly thereafter by Shelton. "I think you're weird and wonderful," Levine told Black. "Why don't you go ahead and punch him in the face while you're at it?" Shelton piped up, maintaining he was "desperate" to have Black on his team.

Despite Shelton's harder sell, though, Black went with Levine. No, it wasn't Shelton's puns about his country of origin that did him in. "I always ask for Samoa," he said reaching for his drink. "I need Samoa right now. I'm almost out." Black later said Levine had had him from the start, explaining, "He's a creative mind and so am I."

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If Shelton lost out on gorgeous country singer Destinee Quinn, a 20-year-old from Surprise, Ariz., who makes a living singing wherever she can, including at biker bars, it may only have been because he didn't even try for her. Her "Cowboy Take Me Away" spun first Aguilera, who took pains not to let her face reveal that Quinn looked as good as she sounded, and then Green. That ol' dog Cee Lo seemed too dazzled by the singer's beauty to fight all that hard for her, so Aguilera snapped Quinn up.

Green did manage to land Cole Vosbury, a 22-year-old from Shreveport, La., who comes from a line of musicians, including his spitfire grandma, Nita Lynn, who toured with the likes of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, back in the day. Lynn says her greatest claim to fame may be that she once turned down Elvis, with whom she toured, because "I didn't care for him at first," finding him "kind of cocky."

It was her grandson's boldness -- he sang "Movin' On Up," the theme song from "The Jeffersons" -- that endeared him to his new coach. Green, who was the only one to turn his chair for Vosbury, said he needed to associate himself with someone with "the audacity to do that song." Levine, meanwhile, of whom Vosbury declared himself a "huge fan," expressed regret at passing the singer by. "I really missed the boat on that one," he said. Oh well, there's always a chance for a steal.

With about half the show over, all the coaches had added one or two members to his or her team -- with the notable exception of Shelton. That changed with the next singer, Holly Henry, a glowingly beautiful platinum-blond 19-year-old from Minneapolis, who works as a waitress at a pancake house because she can't afford college. Henry's haunting take on "The Scientist" spun Shelton within seconds, and ultimately turned all four coaches.

The other coaches did their best to convince Henry to join their teams, but Shelton may have tried the hardest. "Because of you, I am officially excited about Season 5 of 'The Voice' right now," he said, noting he pushed his button so fast and hard he "nearly broke my hand." She didn't break his heart. Shelton snagged his first singer of the night -- and she was a good one.

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