The blind auditions continue on the second season of The Voice.  And last night, after Blake, Christina, Adam and Cee Lo, tore into a medley of hits by Prince (WATCH NOW!), more hopefuls filed in to see if the judges would hit their buttons, spin their chairs around and say, " I want you!"  As always, our Voice expert, Steve Thompson, was watching and shares his thoughts about the cast-offs and the contenders, all of whom want to be The Voice!

From Steve Thompson:

  • Night #2 of our blind audition round presented us with even more talent and a few unspoken jabs at American Idol.  This is shaping up to be a very interesting group of singers.
  • A duo calling themselves The Line sang American Girl by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.  Here was a country duo putting some definite twang in an iconic rock song.  Hayley & Leland.  They sounded pretty cool and all four judges turned around.  They chose Christina.
  • Jamar Rogers is a name familiar to those of you who recall Danny Gokey's good buddy who was left behind when Danny continued on American Idol.  The background story presented said he was HIV positive from his drug addiction-- here's a backstory Idol never presented!  He chooses a very cool song--  Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes.  He is chosen by Cee-Lo Green.
  • Say what you will-- but so far this show has better song selections.
  • By the way, based on the commercials is Fashion Star the designer equivalent to Shark Tank?

  • Neal Middleton is 33 and looks like a cross between Ian Anderson and Mick Fleetwood. He sings I Heard It Through the Grapevine and no one turns around.  Blake said his entire song was like "an amp on ten."  Interesting.
  • Other singers not getting the anyone to turn around included T J Gibson who sang Calling All Angels; Aly Jacobs who sang Because the Night; and, Sam James singing I Don't Want to Be.

  • Jermaine Paul is a background singer for Alicia Keyes.  Jermaine is 33 years old and sings the song Complicated by Avril Lavigne.  He sings fairly well, but I was expecting more.  He joins Blake's team.
  • Hoja Lopez tries to sing Teenage Dream by Katy Perry.  Emphasis here is on tries.
  • Angel Taylor is 23 years old and apparently grew up with an abusive father. She tackles a giant of a song in Someone Like You by Adele.  She sounded better than just about anyone else who tried to sing Adele on the Idol auditions.  She winds up on Adam's team.
  • Gwen Sebastian has decided that music is more important than starting a family.  She is 37 years old and sings a truly wonderful version of Stay by Sugarland.  She doesn't really try to impersonate Jennifer Nettles, but she definitely embodies the spirit of the song.  She goes to  Blake's Team.
  • Kim Yarbrough is 50 and evidently she once did security forthe Dave Matthews Band.  She sings Tell Me Something Good and sounds like she's channelling Chaka Khan.  (A neat trick since Chaka is still living according to what I've read.)  She goes to Adam's Team.
  • Angie Johnson has had seven Mideast deployments as a member of the United States Air Force.  She is thirty-one and sings Heartbreaker by Pat Benatar.  Is she any good?  Well, Pat Benatar better watch her back.  She goes to Cee-Lo's team.  **Here's the video that landed Angie on the show . . . her cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" that became a viral sensation!
  • Pamela Rose is 28  years old and from Florida.  She attempts Already Gone by Kelly Clarkson.  Attempts is the key word because no one who knows the song would've recognized it.
  • Dez Duron plays big time Ivy League football at Yale.  He sings I Want It That Way. I actually thought this was excellent simply because I've never liked the song.  However, none of the coaches turned their chairs around for him.  You know Idol would've given him a ticket to Hollywood.

  • Lindsey Pavao sings Say Aah by Trey Songz. This was a very good version of a song I'm not that familiar with (but I just listened to the original and thought Lindsey's liberties with the song were right on target.)  She goes to Christina's Team.
  • I think my favorites of the evening might well be Gwen Sebastian and Angie Johnson-- but all of these who were selected have their good points.
  • Tune in again next week.  Same bat time, same bat channel.

@February 6, 2012  Stephen W Thompson