The third night of the season premiere of The Voice went much like the second. Once again six singers were shown, and once again, one of them failed to get a coach to turn for them. Unlike Nick Townsend, who should have gotten one coach to turn, Adam Pearce was not ready for prime time. He sounded like a great rock and roll voice, but there was tons of vibrato and all kinds of pitch issues on his version of “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” by Procol Harum. If he can harness that voice and returns, then maybe he gets a coach.
For the five singers who did make it, here’s how it went down (once again, in order of appearance):
Ashley Levin kicked things off with a version of Patti Griffin’s “Let Him Fly.” She has a bluesy tone to her voice, and she sounded really good. I thought she might get a four-chair turn, but Adam held out. In the end, she took her bluesy style to team Blake.
Next on the stage is Brandon Royal from the Virgin Islands. Naturally (or maybe not so naturally) he sings Stevie Wonder’s “Master Blaster (Jammin’)”. Not my pick for a song to showcase your voice, it being a Stevie Wonder song that doesn’t give you much vocally chew on. But he performed it gamely, and it managed to get Blake and Gwen to turn for him. He chose Gwen as his coach; but no matter who he chose, I’m afraid he may get stuck in the reggae or reggae-arranged slot for anything he sings. He’ll need to prove he can sing more than that if he wants to hang around.
Next to be heard was Julien Martinez, who sang “Pride And Joy” by Stevie Ray Vaughan. He definitely didn’t sound like I thought he was going to, and he probably should have laid off the dance moves, but he wasn’t horrible. That said, it looked dicey until he screamed at the very end of his performance. That scream got Adam and Blake to turn. He picked Adam as his coach, but he’s gonna need to have more than that scream to go far.
Thirteen year old Quizz Swanigan performed “Who’s Lovin’ You,” originally performed by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, but perhaps better known by the Jackson 5 version. Swanigan’s promo featured him performing in his native Arkansas as Little Michael Jackson, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised by his song choice. For thirteen, he’s pretty good. For this show, I don’t know how far he will go. If he’s going to ape famous singers, then he won’t go far. Gwen and Alicia wait until almost the end to turn for the youngster, and he chose Alicia as his coach.
The final performance of the night belonged to Casi Joy, who performed LeAnn Rimes’ “Blue.” She has obvious talent, and her performance was very good; it was the best of the show in my opinion. She also received the only four-chair turn of the night. But as has been proven throughout the season so far; if you want to call yourself a country artist, you pick Blake as your coach. And in just about all cases, that is what happens, and it happened again with Casi Joy.
Next week, the show returns to just Monday and Tuesday night airings. More blind auditions are on the way, and I’m almost certain there will be a montage at some point. Maybe more than one. Oh well; guess it’s the price to pay when you run two seasons of the show when one will more than do.
(photo from Creative Commons via Eva Rinaldi-available for reuse).