Last night was Night 4 of the blind auditions for The Voice, and our judges' teams are taking shape.  Blake (who continues to make surprise choices), Adam, Cee Lo, and Christina just need a handful of team members each to round out their squads advancing to the next round.  As usual, our Idol expert-turned-Voice expert, Steve Thompson, tuned in and shares his thoughts about the contenders here at!

This morning, Steve and I chatted about the highlights from last night's show . . . and some of the folks that jus didn't make the cut.  Take a listen!

From Steve Thompson:

  • A wide variety of talent tonight, some good and some not so great.  While there was no one who made me cheer as loud as the reappearance of Jordis Unga from Rock Star:INXS last week, there were definitely some interesting folks...

  • Ducky. You know, if I was named for a character in a John Hughes movie, I don't know if I'd try to sing as a career choice.  I guess AFLAC was taken.  He sang Tighten Up by The Black Keys.  No one seemed to care.


  • Jonathas sang U Got It Bad by Usher.  Personally, I wasn't all that impressed-- but compared to Ducky, he may have been the second coming of Marvin Gaye.  He chooses Christina over Cee Lo.


  • Monique Benabou sang Mr. Know It All by Kelly Clarkson.  Now Idol #1 has absolutely nothing to worry about, but she sang the song with a pleasant tone.  She winds up with Christina.


  • Naia Kete sang The Lazy Song by  Bruno Mars.   I'll be honest here-- my granddaughter ran into the room because she was familiar with the original song.  I, however, was not that familiar since I tend to stick with country and classic rock.  She sounded somewhat unique, so she wound up with Blake's team.


  • Eric Macek covered Free Fallin' by Tom Petty.  This proved yet another point.  Unless your name is Cash, Ronstadt, or Dia Frampton, you don't need to be covering Tom Petty.  No one turned around-- and with good reason.


  • Charlotte Sometimes sang Apologize by One Republic.  This song was done to death a few seasons ago on Idol, but I thought this was a very good rendition.  Frankly, I had a hard time with her name.  She's Charlotte sometimes, wonder what she is the rest of the time?  Anyway, she's with Blake.


  • Tony Vincent sang We Are the Champions by Queen.  You know, for all the build-up they gave this guy I expected someone who would take the stage by storm.  I couldn't even get the sense that the audience was ready to rush the stage.  I read where everyone who seems to know these things claim his wife is the better singer.  Just our luck.  He's with Cee Lo.


  • Anthony Evans Jr. sang What's Going On by Marvin Gaye.  As the son of a preacher man, you'd expect him to be able to move somebody.  I suspect many may have wanted to move toward the exits.  I can't say I was impressed, but he's in Christina's hands now.  (Get that image out of ya head!)


  • Jamie Lono sang Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash.   This was an unexpected surprise.  One of the better auditions of this episode and the hope that someone could be more than just another white guy with a guitar.  He's on Cee Lo's team.


  • There were several examples of people who didn't get an offer tonight.  Eric Tipton looks like a bouncer in a cowboy bar and sings blue eyed soul.  No one turns around for him.  Dylan Chambers had the same luck-- if you can call a basic inability to sing luck.


  • Justin Hopkins sang Babylon by David Gray.  Not impressed here at all.  This sounded a lot like the actual song as oposed to some of the other selections tonight that didn't sound like carbon copies.  The backstory was interesting.  Used to play guitar in the band on Carson's show.  Reminded me of some of the usual cannon fodder we see on Idol.  He's on Cee Lo's team.


  • Nicole Galyon sang You Save Me. I guess it has been a while since we had a piano player singing country music.  (Frankly, I'm trying to recall the last country female who played piano and sang and have been coming up empty.)  She goes to Adam's team.


  • Mathai doesn't want to go into the family business, even though medicine is a lot more steady than the music business.  She sings Rumor Has It by Adele.  Not nearly as good as the original, but different enough to catch Adam's ear.


  • Next week we have the final blind audition.  Then it will be off to the battle rounds...

@February 20, 2012  Stephen W Thompson

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