The Voice recap: Take One for the Team

There's no spelling 'superstar' without 'team.' Blind auditions roll on...
Ep. 03 | Aired Sep 30, 2013

CALL AN AMBULANCE 'Cause young Timyra-Joi is on fiyah, impressing the judges with her mouth-blazing rendition of Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire." 


JUSTIN BLAKE, 20, of Tennessee, is a father-to-be. Carson describes him as someone who "knows the value of hard work." Justin drives an 18-wheeler towing mobile homes for a living. He takes a big risk by choosing to sing from a judge's catalog.
Sings: "Sure Be Cool If You Did" by Blake Shelton
Verdict: Surprisingly, Blake did not make a move. Adam was the only judge who moved, and wins by default. "That takes nerve to come out here and do one of my songs," said Blake, who lamented not turning, hoped he could try to steal him from Adam later on.

TIMYRA-JOI, 15, of California, has a voice way, way beyond her years. Listen especially for when she hits the chorus -- she just blows it away. Timyra-joi thanks her vocal coach, who has helped her family in more ways than in just vocal training -- she gave free lessons when Timyra-joi's dad lost his job and a place to stay for six months.
Sings: "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys
Verdict: Christina is all over this one, giving her the "woman to woman" talk. Blake and CeeLo also turn. She chooses Christina. Blake gets tired of the other judges ganging up on him, calling them the "coach alliance." Timyra-joi reveals that she went in with the intent to choose CeeLo, "but Christina just fought for me and I just went for my gut."

MONIKA LEIGH, 28, of Colorado, works in Guest Relations at a hotel. She has a smoky, deep voice, reminiscent of Joss Stone, with the luscious Rapunzel hair to match.
Sings: "The Thrill is Gone" by B.B. King
Verdict: Adam is first, then CeeLo and Blake. I was surprised Christina didn't pounce. Adam declares, "it's gonna be a man fight!" He also says, "I would consider you to be the centerpiece of my team." Blake says, "I can give you three reasons why you should pick me,” and then clomps his trophies on the his chair-desk. Monika declares that she's "not very country," but Blake says only one of his winners was a country artist. Blake wins the man fight.

BRIANA CUOCO, 24, of California, is personal assistant and little sister to The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco. "She's deserved this her whole life," said Kaley.
Sings: "You and I" by Lady Gaga
Verdict: Christina turns first, the CeeLo. And Briana's reaction is to sit down on the stage. Backstage we see Kaley crying. "You held those notes out really, really strong -- you made me happy!" said Christina. Though I wasn't totally crazy about Briana's voice, I thought the palpable sisterly love was really sweet. “I hope one day I'm just as successful as she is," said Briana. She chooses Christina, citing "girl power."

GEORGE HORGA JR., 19, of Oregon, is from a tight-knit Romanian family and wants to make the Romanian community proud.
Sings: "Treasure" by Bruno Mars
Verdict: He totally sounds like an Adam protégé, but only CeeLo makes a move and wins by default. I thought it was kind of funny that Christina suspected he was a looker by the female audience members' reactions. "He's cute," said Blake. "I knew he was," said Christina.

Then for some reason, the producers decide to not show these singers perform. They were also chosen:
Anthony Paul sings "With You" by Chris Brown, and goes with CeeLo.
Jacob Poole sings "Marry Me" by Train, and goes with Christina.
Cilla Chan sings "Come and Get It" by Selena Gomez, and goes with Blake.

Last is a singer who, Carson says, "drives our coaches wild:"

PRESTON POHL, 26, of Texas, used to play guitar in a Christian rock band but wants to bust out with a solo career. "A lot of people didn’t even know that I could sing," he said.
Sings: "Electric Feel" by MGMT
Verdict: Preston impresses everyone, but not enough for a four-chair-turnaround -- only Christina doesn't budge. The smoky quality of his voice turned an MGMT tune into "a Marvin song," according to Adam. Preston is impressed by CeeLo's Slim Thug reference, but chooses Adam.

I think these were the best blind auditions of the season! I kept changing my favorites after every commercial break, but I think I've settled with young guns Juhi and Timyra-Joi on my to-watch list. Or at least 'til someone from tomorrow similarly blows me away. Also, what did you guys think of Kaley's sister? Was the show right to save Preston for last, compared to last week's Tessanne finale? What qualifies as a showstopper these days anyhoo? Sound off in the comments!

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