Singing competition show with powerhouse celebrity singers “The Voice” returned for season 5 with original coaches Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and three-time Voice champ Country singer Blake Shelton. Blake’s ongoing goal it seems so far is to never make the other coaches forget his three-time winning streak especially when it comes to winning-over the contestants during round one – The Blind Auditions. The first contestant up of season five was Kat Robichaud.
KAT ROBICHAUD – Team Cee Lo
Kat is from Raleigh, North Carolina. She sang “I’ve Got the Music in Me” by The KiKi Dee Band. Blake said “I may seem like a unlikely choice for you, that’s why you should come to team Blake.” Christina told her, “Your having an amazing time up there. How did you do those kicks? I am into her.” Cee Lo commented, “fresh raw set me on fire!” Adam told Kat the her voice is great and “raspy.” Kat chose to go onto Team Cee Lo
Watch Kat Robichaud sing “I’ve Got the Music in Me” HERE
CAROLINE PENNELL – Team Cee Lo
Caroline is a 17-year-old from New Jersey. She sang “Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding. Blake said “you had our attention with your tone…you are a bad ass vocalist”
Cee Lo said “You got it now. You have a quirk that really works for me,” and said she is adorable.
Adam said “You are the sweetest thing.” Caroline picked Cee Lo to be on his team.
Watch Caroline Pennell sing “Anything Could Happen” HERE
DONNA ALLEN – Team Adam
This season of The Voice has seen a few older songstresses and one such person was Donna who is 54 years old. She’s from Hollywood, Florida and sang “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker.
Christina said “You are so beautiful to me. Hearing you sing like the heavens opening up. I hope your journey is with me.”
CeeLo said “I really enjoyed it, just not what I am looking for right now.” Adam said, “Shame on Cee Lo and Blake For not turning around. I want you on my team really badly, she is incredible, I love her.”
Donna will be singing on Team Adam.
Watch Donna Allen sing “You Are So Beautiful” HERE
MATTHEW SCHULER – Team Christina
Matthew is from Pennsylvania. He sang “Cough Syrup” by Young the Giant. All of the coaches chairs turned right away at the same time
Blake got up on stage, gave him a high five and said that was awesome. Not to be out-done by Blake, Christina also got up on stage to offer congratulations on a great performance, “let me be the first female coach to win, I am on your side, I got you.”
CeeLo said “Hot Damn, your voice is beautiful. I can help you own yourself. This is your time bro.” Adam stood on his chair applauding” “I just jumped for joy, the passion in your singing, I know for a fact we can win this.”
Matthew decided to go onto Team Christina.
Watch Matthew Schuler sing “Cough Syrup” HERE
NICK HAWK – Team Adam
Nick is 26-years-old from Dallas, Texas. He sang “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” by Blu Cantrell.
CeeLo said “it takes a lot of breath control and attitude to sing like that” “rapid fire R&B
Adam asked Nick “What’s your name handsome?” Nick said, “Flattery will get you everywhere.” Adam then said, “I turned around because you are a phenomenal singer. Dynamic and funny”
Watch Nic Hawk sing “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” HERE
SHELBIE Z. – Team Blake
From Jasper, Alabama Shelbie sang “Here for the Party” by Gretchen Wilson.
Blake responded with “That was absolutely amazing. This is no time to monkey around, come to team Blake.” Christina said “you are a power house.” Cee Lo got in on the action by saying, “you are so cute. Look at your cowboy boots.”
Adam pleaded, “pick anyone other than Blake!”
She actually picked Blake!
Watch Shelbie Z sing “Here for the Party” HERE
JOSH LOGAN – Team Christina
Josh is 33-years old from Manchester, New Hampshire. He sang “Too Close” by Alex Clare. Blake said “he can do anything. I have man crush on you!” Christina said “I love that song, it’s about you now. You would be different for me to work with.” Adam complimented Josh, “you sounded a lot like the dude who sings it.”
Josh will be competing on Team Christina.
Watch Josh Logan sing “Too Close” HERE
JAMES WOLPERT – Team Adam
Twenty-two year old James is from Lancaster, PA. He auditioned for the coaches with “Love Interruption” song by Jack White. Blake reacted with “To have that much character in your voice is amazing, I am a fan.” Christina said, “I grew up in Pitsberg, this is the voice and you have it.” Cee Lo is up for the battle, “we gonna fight tooth and nail for you, you were born for this moment. Come to me I will make you win this.” Adam said “you can win this for sure.”
James chose Team Adam
Watch James Wolpert sing “Love Interruption” HERE
Watch THE VOICE Season 5 Episode 1 – The Blind Auditions Premiere, originally aired on Monday, September 23, 2013.
NIGHT 2 BLIND AUDITIONS – WEEK 1
At the start of night two of the Blind Auditions, Christina said of her and Cee Lo’s return that the four of them are “the fabulous four. It’s like Deja Vu” She also joked that because of Blake Shelton’s consecutive three wins “it’s now the Blake Show.”
Host Carson Daly agreed and warned Blake, “If I look, you may already have a bulls eye on your back.” Adam said he’s going to remind him. And with those words, the coaches own battle of the night began first with young singer Jacquie Lee.
JACQUIE LEE – Team Christina
At 16 years old, she’s been singing since she was eleven.
Jacquie sang “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse. Christina and Blake turned around at the same time. Cee Lo said he likes her boots. Christina and Adam teamed-up against Blake on getting Jacquie to pick Christina. Blake’s rebuttal was, “I specialize on 16-year-old girls winning this show!”
In the meantime Cee Lo was only interested in her boots and took a photo of them. Christina told Jacquie, “I was once 16-years-old girl growing up in the business.” Cee Lo asked Jacquie “who do you think should be your coach?” Christina and Blake both pointed their fingers at themselves. Jacquie picked Christina.
Jacquie said she picked Christina because “she’s a soul singer and I am very soulful.” Christina did a mock Blake victory dance.
Watch Jacquie Lee sing “Back to Black” HERE
BARRY BLACK – Team Adam
Barry is from Las Vegas. He was helping his dad in the family hotel business. He wanted to do something he loved and taught himself how to play the guitar. He moved to Vegas and started playing in clubs in Vegas. He said if his parents see him on The Voice they will realize that it’s not a joke. “Today is my chance to take it to the top and step it up.”
Adam turned around immediately. Blake turned around. Cee Lo was torn on pushing his button. One of the coaches noticed he was simulating a horn. Adam said, “I thought your bow tie was a weird harmonica.” Blake said, “Do you want a coach that can’t tell a harmonica from a bow tie?”
Adam told Barry, “I think you’re weird and wonderful.” Can I have an honest moment. Barry started playing the Jeopardy tune. Blake was totally in it. Christina said, “I love both of these guys and you’re in good hands.” But, she suggested Blake.
Barry decided he was going to “roll with” Adam. Adam was excited and said Barry is “quirky” and he doesn’t have anybody like Barry on his team.
Watch Barry Black sing “What You Won’t Do for Love” HERE
MIKE UNSER – NO
Mike grew up with divorced parents. He said he used to fight with his Step-Dad. He used music to get through it. Now he is close to Step Dad. Mike plays Christina music in a band. He wants to work with one of the coaches because “there is so much to learn”.
He sang “Dirty Little Secret” by All American Rejects. When the coaches chairs were turned after his audition, with none of them hitting their buttons, he told Adam, “nice beard.” Adam responded, “That was the least awkward of us not turning around ever,” and told him there was nothing that he could say that Mike did wrong during his blind audition. Cee Lo told him he had a really cool look, like a young William Defoe. Blake said, “There was nothing wrong about. It reminded me of Blink 182. Man I messed-up” Christina told him, “Great attitude. You should really come back.” Mike went down and shook every coaches’ hands.
During his backstage interview Mike said, “I really genuinely appreciated everything that they had to say.”
DESTINEE QUINN – Team Christina
Destinee is a 20 year old working musician. She plays at bars. Her style is Country and she’s from Arizona. Destinee was 13 years old when she got to perform with Alice Cooper in Cooperstown in Phoenix. She got inspired by Alice Cooper early on that she could turn it into a career. Her parents have their dream jobs (fire fighter and special needs worker) and they want her to have her dream job.
Christina was the first coach to turn around. Then Adam, and Cee Lo. Christina asked her, “What is your name angel of God?” Then said, “It was destiny for me. I pushed my button first. Remember when they turned around they showed no emotion at all. The poker faces.”
Cee Lo said I’m just being quiet and basking in beauty.” Blake said “the only thing that I missed was the bottom end.” When she said she is 20, Blake said that makes sense and I wish I pushed my button.”
Destinee picked Christina. “She’s such a powerhouse vocalist and Christina can teach me so much about my voice” Destinee said about Christina. Cee Lo said “Damn I’m looking for a country artist.”
Watch Destinee Quinn sing “Cowboy Take Me Away” HERE
COLE VOSBURY – Team Cee Lo
Cole said his dad tried to keep him out of music so he wouldn’t have to go through everything that he had to. His Grandmother sang with Elvis. She thought Elvis was too cocky.
He said his uniqueness won’t be heard. He was talking about his beard and look. He sang “Moving on Up” The Jefferson’s theme song.
Cee Lo was the only coach to turn around. Adam said “that’s an awesome situation you have right here” talking about Cole’s beard. Cee Lo said Cole has “a great balance of Country and soul. I’m from the country myself.” Blake laughed and said if you consider Atlanta the country. Cee Lo said he had to pick the bad-ass who sang the Jefferson’s song. Cole said he is so honored to be on his team after he told Adam that he is a big fan of his. Cee Lo said in a backstage interview, “Anyone that had the audacity to do that song I have to be associated with.” Blake joked that Cole is on Duck Dynasty. Adam said his missed-out on Cole and regretted not turning around. Maybe in the steal!
Watch Cole Vosbury sing “Movin’ On Up” HERE
HOLLY HENRY – Team Blake
Holly is 19 years old. She worked as a waitress in a pancake house. “I’m not incredibly great at meeting people,” Holly said about her shyness. Her parents watched the voice and encouraged her to try out. “As a musician I don’t perform in front of anyone. Being in front of a large audience is a huge step. No matter how frighting it is I need to put myself out there,” explained Holly.
Holly sang “The Scientist” by Coldplay. Blake turned around on her first note. Then Adam, then Cee Lo. Christina then pushed her button and Blake was trying to stop by telling her “no….no..no”
Blake told Holly, “Because of you I am officially excited about season 3 of The Voice right now. When you hit those high notes I thought oh my gosh this girl can sing.” Holly told Cee Lo that she writes music a lot when he asked her about getting on the Voice stage. Cee Lo also asked her if she performs often. She said not at all. Cee Lo said he’d like to help her.
Christina played the female card by saying “I know as a female a different level than these guys do. I would love to take you to the end. Do it, do it with me.” Blake said, “I recognize star quality in your voice. I almost broke my hand hitting this (button). Let’s get together and win this frekin’ thing Holly.” Blake told her because he’s married to Miranda, he knows what the business is like from her side of it.
Holly picked Blake to be her coach because “he turned right away. He knew what he wanted,” she said.
Watch Holly Henry sing “The Scientist” HERE
SAMMY C. – NO
Sammy was diagnosed with Alopecia at a very young age. He has no hair because of it. Sammy had a hard time with kids making fun of him. He started singing to cope with his diversity.
Sammy sang “Where is the Love?” by The Black Eyed Peas. Cee Lo said, “you have such a good energy and attitude. what inspires you?” He said his Alopecia and being on the stage was epic. Cee Lo and Christina both told him he needs to master his craft. Sammy asked the coaches what he could do in order to be where they are. Adam said, “If you can dedicate yourself to the passion of singeing as well as you did in that first verse.”
AUSTIN JENCKES – Team Blake
Austin started playing the guitar when he was nine. He currently works as a scooter tour guide. “I’m just trying to make something happen with my music,” he said. When he was 16-years-old his dad shot and killed himself. “I get a lot of my emotion out through my music,” explained Austin.
At THE VOICE blind audition, he is playing on his Dad’s guitar. Austin sang “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Sknyrd. It’s a song that his Dad taught him when he was ten-years-old.
Cee Lo and Blake turned around. Cee Lo reacted with, “That’s what I’m talking about” then asked, “What’s your name soul brother?..You have soul power.”
Blake said, “That’s a classic country song.” Austin said he considers himself a country, folk singer. Blake said “It was so impressive. You look like the guy that I hoped you look like. Like a big dude up in the mountains that came on down.”
Austin responded, “This song is a song I’ve been singing since 10-years-old. Its the song that I play at the end of every show.” Blake noticed his guitar and asked, “What’s the story with that guitar?” Austin said sometimes when his parents couldn’t pay rent, they pawned the guitar many times, but his Dad always go and get it back.
Austin picked Blake as his coach.
Watch Austin Jenckes sing “Simple Man” HERE
E.G. DAILY – Team Blake
50 year old actress from Hollywood, Ca.
She did movies like Valley Girls
She’s been doing voice over work. She said whether she was acting or not, she always sang.
Cee Lo and Blake turned their chairs. When she told them that she is from Hollywood, Ca, Adam said, “That’s awesome that she’s not from anywhere near where you (Blake) are from!” Blake said, I live there. Adam told him not by choice. Blake told EG that she was able to hit all the notes that she did. In Christina’s advisement to CG, she didn’t take sides and said, “I love both of these guys. Either way.”
Cee Lo said, “I like it when rasp is someone’s reality and not a struggle of trying to get.” He said she reminded him of Rod Stewart. Christina then told her that she looks familiar. EG asked if she had seen “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” movie? “Dottie!” Christina yelled. EG has also done voice-over work for “The Rugrats” cartoons.
“Go with Cee Lo,” Christina told her. That didn’t work for EG. Because she said, “Today I’m here with the voice that I’m singing with. I’m going with Blake.”
Cee Lo reacted with, “Dottie, what did you do?” In a post interview, EG said, “I picked Blake because I don’t want to play the voice-over card. Blake heard my voice.” Blake said, “EG can do things with here voice that are impossible.” Cee Lo said “I want to beat Blake. He can not win again!”
Watch E.G. Daily sing “Breathe” HERE
JOHNNY GRAY – Team Cee Lo
30 years old from Austin, Texas. He was deployed at 18 years old. He said he left the Air Force in Dec 2006 and he knew he wanted to seriously pursue music. He wants to work with Blake.
Sang “All These Things I’ve Done” by The Killers
Adam and Cee Lo turned around. Cee Lo said, “I can hear Stevie Nicks and Eddie Vedder. You sound like a soldier.” Johnny told him he was in the Air Force for four years. “I enjoy this irony – You seem to be both of them,” said Cee Lo
Adam said, “What I was hearing sounded so energetic.” Christina told him, “You’re so versatile. I’m so happy you made it in the competition. I look forward to the battle rounds!” Christina was implying a potential steal.
Johnny made his selection, “my soul brother Mr. Cee Lo Green!” Johnny said he picked Cee Lo because he threw a Pearl Jam reference. I feel he knows my voice.”
Watch Jonny Gray sing “All These Things That I’ve Done” HERE
TESSANNE CHEN – Team Adam
An unexpected nice surprise ended the night with 28 year-old Tessanne Chen from Kingston, Jamacia. Her father is Chinese and Cherokee. Her mother is black and Caucasian descent. She said her influence was Papa Roach. Tessanne was a back-up singer for famous Jamaican singer Jimmy Cliff. He sent her a video message before her ‘Voice blind audition.
Tessanne sang “Try” by Pink. She said on this level, it’s the first time for her not singing reggae. She wants to become a national artist and wants to learn the tools on how to do that. “I want to make the most of this opprotunity” she said.
ALL the coaches turned their chairs. Adam gave her a standing ovation after her song. Cee Lo told her, “You sang that song like a grown woman.” She replied, “Thank you Mr. Cee Lo, I am a grown woman.”
Adam said you can easily win this season. Blake said, I’m not going to lie to you, its’ not easy to win this. Its going to take a lot of work.” Adam disclosed to Tessanne, “My favorite music comes from where you’re from. You’ve got something crazy special. I want it. I want it bad!”
Cee Lo commented, “It’s going to take a lot of hard work.” Blake said, “I’m fascinated by you because you’ve been to Jamaica, but have you been to the Country?” Christina said, “Adam, you’re a hard one to beat. I’m getting so much passion. You’re such a powerhouse how you have a calm sense about you. I want to help you any way I can.”
It was time for Tessanne to decide on her coach. She said, “I’m a fan of music period. I want to evolve. For me vocally I’m gong to go with Adam.” Adam was excited and said, “I’m madly in love with Tessanne.”
Watch Tessanne Chin sing “Try” HERE
Watch THE VOICE Season 5 Episode 2 – The Blind Auditions Premiere Part 2, originally aired on Tuesday, September 24, 2013.
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