'The Voice' Kicks Off Post-Super Bowl With A Blast From Christina's Past
'The Voice' Kicks Off Post-Super Bowl With A Blast From Christina's Past

The second season of "The Voice" launched Sunday with the promise of making dream's come true just as they had moments earlier for the New York football Giants. The hour-long show filled the bulk of its time with exemplary auditions, bickering judges hoping to land contestants and tales of woe -- homelessness, cancer, dead-end careers.

What they hinted at, but did not fully come clean about, was the extensive experience of the singers trying out for the teams of Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

Chris Mann was an "opera singer" on Sunday, while no mention was made of his stint as one of the Warblers on "Glee." Tony Lucca, 35 and accompanied by his wife and child, was in the Mickey Mouse Club with Aguilera. He got in a van after the show ended and has since tried to make it as a touring artist; his seven albums and two EPs were not mentioned. Jesse Campbell is a divorced father who said on the show his singing is done mostly in churches; he is also a former solo artist whose version of "Where is the Love" was on the "Dead Presidents" soundtrack.

Video: Chris Mann, "Because We Believe," The Voice


Video: Tony Lucca, "Trouble," The Voice

If the opening segment is any indication, season two of "The Voice" is headed down the same path as the inaugural season -- performers who with limited professional success looking to use television to push them over the top. For some, like 42-year-old Campbell, it's an end-of-the-road move, while others such as 25-year-old Juliet Simms, the lead singer of Automatic Loveletter who played acoustic sets on the Warped Tour last year, the show could provide a mid-career boost.

Video: Juliet Simms, "Oh Darling," The Voice


Video: Jesse Campbell, "A Song For You," The Voice

It's unlikely "The Voice" will produce an unknown or a completely fresh face -- the one performer promoted for tonight's episode is one of Alicia Keys' backup singers. Based on the opening episode, "The Voice" has done a good job getting singers from varied backgrounds.

Each audition was admirable -- Lucca performing Ray LaMontagne's "Trouble," Campbell twisting the verse on Leon Russell's "A Song for You" into a song "to you" and Simms growling the Beatles' "Oh Darling," which got Levine to remark that he liked "the dirt" in her voice.

None were knockouts, but they lit up Twitter with comments, and web searches wreaked havoc with Mann's website, knocking it offline for awhile. That, it seems, indicates "The Voice" has returned with fervor.

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