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SEEING RED Auditions may be blind, but the judges see nothing wrong with a little saucy strategy.
Shelbie Z., 21 is a hair stylist and part-time pageant coach. She herself has been competing in beauty contests since she was 3 years old, but stopped around 10 because girls told me I wasn’t pretty because I am a bigger girl.” Shelbie’s husband shares that the first time he heard her sing, “She was just beautiful and I loved her from that point forward.” Shelbie sang Gretchen Wilson’s “Here For The Party,” bringing down the house with her supercharged vocals. Christina was first, then CeeLo, and then Blake, surprisingly. “You’re such a powerhouse,” said Christina. Adam said, “Just pick anyone other than Blake.” But if you wanna be a country superstar, you ought to go with the thrice winner, and she does.
So to tally up the judges’ wares so far: CeeLo has two contestants, and everyone else is one apiece.
Now it’s time for the alterna-rocker. Josh Logan, 33, has double piercings and wears all black. He shares that at age 16 he and his girlfriend had a baby boy and “didn’t handle it well at first.” They are no longer together, but his son was there to support him. Singing “Too Close,” Josh’s voice also sounded like an Adam mach II, but maybe with more One Republic mixed in with a dash of diva runs. Blake jumped the gun first, followed by Christina. Adam was third.
“I have a man crush on you,” said Blake. “I’m not sure how to take that, thank you,” said Josh.
There’s been lots o’ embracing tonight and somehow we see Blake and Adam hugging it out.
“You would be different for me to experiment with,” says Christina, which should have been accompanied by an evil scientist hand gesture.
And her vaguely suggestive statement gets her the guy! Josh chooses Christina, prompting Carson to ask, “Why?” “She was very serious in her demeanor,” explains Josh.
Our penultimate contestant wins already for most interesting name: Delvin Choice, 24. He calls himself a tall, sexy glass of water, and wears a fauxhawk-bun called “the lobster.” He works at Starbucks (ad-content synchronization!) and actually sings his orders. He’s The Singing Barista! Wearing black-rimmed glasses and a red scarf, he sang Ne-Yo’s “Closer,” sounding very John-Legend-y. I guess no one likes soy-latte melodies, because no judges turned around. They enjoyed his charming personality and encouraged him to come back next time.
The final blind audition of the night came from James Wolpert, 22, lookin’ straight out of a Williamsburg-based startup, wearing horned-rim glasses, a mauve t-shirt and a maroon cardigan, though he hails from Pittsburgh, PA. He likes tech and illustration, and dropped out of college and works at the Apple Store. He sang a spectacularly soulful take on Jack White’s “Love Interruption,” impressing the judges with his unique vibrato and eclectic singing style. “You’re like the complete vocalist,” said Blake. “I didn’t expect to see you, that’s what I love about this show so much.” Blake wins for most idiosyncratic voice of the night. I couldn’t pin down a genre, nor the judge he should go with. Of course there was a Christina-Adam quibble, but Adam won this battle. As if they’ve been hearing my accusations of their sexual tension, Christina yells “Bend over! Bend Over!” and whacks Adam’s behind with what might have been her purse.
Check back tomorrow for more blind audition fun. Here’s the count so far:
CeeLo has Kat and sweet Caroline, Blake has Shelbie Z., Adam has Donna, Nick, and James, and Christina has Matthew and Josh.