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MI STAGE ES SU STAGE Judge Christina Aguilera joins forces with English-Spanish singer Michael Lynch.
LUPE CARROLL, 26, of Illinois is a flower deliveryman, which he describes as "like being the ice cream man coming down the street."
Sings: "If I Were a Carpenter" by Bobby Darin
Verdict: With Lupe's smooth, Ray LaMontagne appeal, CeeLo is the first and only judge to turn. "I may be a little crazy, but I ain’t stupid. You sound damn good," CeeLo said.
GREY, 25, of Florida is the lead singer of a wedding band, Berklee College of Music grad, and retail associate.
Sings: "Catch My Breath" by Kelly Clarkson
Verdict: Adam swoops in first, then Blake during the chorus, followed by CeeLo. After Grey's 90 seconds were up, and when all judges' chairs were supposed to be facing the front, Blake's chair malfunctions and swivels the opposite way, "Hey I didn't do that!" he yells, before accusing Adam of the chair mishap. Finally, a Voice chair rebels and gets its 15 seconds of fame. On Grey's dramatic vocal buildup, Blake says, "my heart's pounding." "I just thought it was very matter of fact," said CeeLo. "I think you're extraordinary," said Adam. For a second there, I coulda sworn we were watching The Bachelorette. Grey gives her rose to Adam, whose team is now complete. Chairs turned, Blake jokes to Adam, "She just ruined her life."
MICHAEL LYNCH, 27, of Chicago is a landscaper and lover of Latin music. He describes his style as "pop with a little bit of Latin fusion."
Sings: "Bailamos" by Enrique Inglesias
Verdict: Christina moves first, then Blake, then CeeLo. "Your pitch is so amazing," said Blake. "I just knew you were gonna be Latin," said CeeLo. But though Michael can speak Spanish, he reveals to Christina that he's "100 percent Irish." "You're so taken with Spanish for an Irish white boy!" said Christina. Blake's final plea is "Dammit I can’t speak Spanish, I can’t dance the salsa, I can’t do any of that crap, but I can win this show." Michael chooses Christina. She celebrates by dancing a little salsa with him and even a mini "Bailamos" duet. "Match made in heaven, baby," she said. Christina's team is now complete.
BRIAN POUNDS, 24, of Texas used to harbor dreams of becoming a pro baseball player, but now wants to become a soul singer.
Sings: "Wagon Wheel" by Darius Rucker
Verdict: Blake turns first, then CeeLo. Christina comes to CeeLo's defense, urging Brian to "mix it up." "I hate to see you be experimented with," said Blake, before the rest of the judges gang up against him. But Brian says, "I gotta keep it country, I gotta go with Blake."
CeeLo is now the only judge with an incomplete team. For the next contestant, Carson describes him as an "unexpected artist."
SHAWN SMITH, 32, of New York is an Iraq veteran. While enlisted, he ran over an IED and suffered from a concussion and hearing loss. His nickname is "Big Sexy," which is also emblazoned on his belt buckle.
Sings: "Chicken Fried" by Zac Brown Band
Verdict: CeeLo turns and the rest of the judges applaud him on his pick.
Hooray! Blinds are over and now we can finally get to the good stuff.
There weren't any standout voices for me tonight, except for the interesting powerhouse, yodel-ly quality of reject Deanna Johnson. She wasn't chosen, but I wonder if she would have fared better by singing an Adele song like she mentioned.
How about you? Any highlights from tonight?
What we can look forward to next week: Celeb mentors like Cher, Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder, & Miguel; Kaley Cuoco going bananas in the stands, and CeeLo in a cherry red onesie.