Noah Lis, 22, Palmer, MA
Is He Cute?: YES!
Genre: Jazz and pop standards
Small Business Owner: Sings at events, books 250 events a year
Best Closed-Caption Observation in Pre-Audition Package: “This is a hallway.”
Song: “Me and Mrs. Jones” – Billy Paul
I’ll admit, I teared up when he teared up talking about his late grandfather. I also liked the goofy charm, from his super awkward Michael Buble-aimed “Tell him I’m his biggest fan!” chuckle to his 1999 front-spike, which is exactly the kind of hairstyle I might have rocked at a bar mitzvah. But gosh, I loved Noah, and so did Adam and Blake, who waited until the last second to try and slip in at the last minute. Adam makes a literally crappy metaphor, and rightly so, Noah chooses Coach Blake.
Blake Quote I’m Including in EW’s Soundbites This Week: “To be a crooner, you have to be one of those guys who really doesn’t give a crap. Do you know anybody else in the entertainment industry that gives less of a crap than me?”
Keith Shuskie, 28, Buffalo, NY
Tomorrow You’ll Refer to Him as: “Mustache Guy”
Looks Like: Mario with an H&M gift card
Genre: “Rock ‘n’ roll with a mix of operatic sound”
Member of a Secular Indie Rock Band Called: Den of Lions
Backstory: Has the two sweetest children I have ever seen
Song: “Somewhere Only We Know” – Keane
His voice is a little quirky, but he sure wasn’t lying when he said he was rock and opera (he reminds me of season two’s Tony Vincent, no?). Poor guy didn’t get anyone to turn around for him, unfortunately (and it probably didn’t help his hurt feelings that Adam yelled “Mustache!” after having just rejected him). They all make him promise to come back next year, and Keith vows that his mustache will be even grander in season seven.
Adam Wrongly Points Out: “He looked like the Monopoly guy.”
Deja Hall, 16, San Antonio, TX
Name Sounds Like: A place I once had a sociology class
Backstory: Military family kid, missing a kidney
Claim to Fame: Local talent shows
Song: “True Colors” – Cyndi Lauper
I LOVE DEJA. I don't know why, because she's not the best female singer so far, but she's a chic vocalist of the Glee generation who will probably be incredible in about five years. The episode’s funniest moment happens during this performance, wherein Blake hits his button, scaring Shakira, who tries to hit her button and actually misses. Her passion seems like it will win Deja’s allegiance; Blake’s request to ADOPT HER probably won’t. Unsurprisingly, she picks Coach Shakira.
Cary Laine, 28, Citronelle, AL
Backstory: Married at 18
Mother to: Adorable child named Cameron, who says, “This is like a tiny town that needs more products and stores.”
Song: “Better Dig Two” – The Band Perry
Adam wants on super quickly, followed soon after by Blake and Shakira. We don’t really see Blake’s facial expression after he turns, but I have to imagine it’s shock because Cary actually looks just like Miranda Lambert. Like, JUST like her. Like, it’s kind of weird. Usher bizarrely asks her if she wants sneakers (??). Adam tries to woo her by letting her sit in his chair. Usher tries to hypnotize her. Shakira does something. Basically everything gets real creepy real fast, except for Blake, who’s being surprisingly normal, but not normal enough because the chair thing worked and Cary picks COACH ADAM! Bombshell!
Tonight's episode was a hot-quick hour, so we're already done for the week. Who stood out for you on tonight's episode? (It's okay to say nobody.) See you next week!