American Music Awards
'The Voice' Is Back With Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo and Blind Auditions
NBC's "The Voice" is back, reunited and feelin' so good, especially after winning the Emmy for best reality competition program (making it the second show to ever beat out "The Amazing Race"). Christina Aguilera has returned with a short bob and slim bod, and Cee Lo Green debuted a head tattoo (don't worry, it's not real) and an outfit as if he were "stealing Michael Jackson's clothes," according to Adam Levine. However, the season 5 premiere wasn't the most successful night for reigning three-peat "Voice" champion Blake Shelton.
Once the coaches kicked off the season with its traditional ensemble performance – this time, joining forces for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' "I Love Rock ‘n' Roll" – the Blind Auditions began, complete with hot hooks, tear-jerking back stories, and creative musical gimmicks that win every time.
Meet the first additions to "The Voice"'s fifth season (and the ones who nearly made the cut):
Song: "I Got the Music in Me"
Coaches who turned their chairs: Green, Aguilera, Shelton
The female bandleader of The Design revealed that she met her husband on the road, and recently lost her dad to rheumatoid arthritis. A lifelong lover of glam rock, Robichaud's raspy rendition of The Kiki Dee Band's hit simultaneously enticed three coaches. Good call picking Team Cee Lo to channel David Bowie and Queen. Extra points for doing high kicks in striped pants and platform heels during deliberation.
Song: "Anything Could Happen"
Coaches who turned their chairs: Shelton, Green
The super sweet 17-year-old indie fan musically came of age at camp, and sang a ballad version of the Ellie Goulding track with a quirk that reminded loyal Voice fans ofMelanie Martinez' creative stylings. It'll be interesting to see if her new coach Green will edge up her image or let her stick to floral-printed dresses.
Song: "You Are So Beautiful"
Coaches who turned their chairs: Aguilera, Levine
A member of the Miami Sound Machine (yes, Gloria Estefan's Miami Sound Machine), the 54-year-old put her musical career on hold for motherhood. Her soulful notes immediately won over Aguilera and Levine, and though Shelton tried to encourage Allen to kick off Team Christina, she chose Levine – but we're not really sure why. Maybe just so she could wrap her legs around him in that hug? Don't take it too personally, Christina.
Song: "Keep Your Hands to Yourself"
Coaches who turned their chairs: none
The 17-year-old Texas cowboy got the coaches singing along with their backs turned, meaning he at least picked a great audition song. "I don't know what the hell I was thinking, I screwed the pooch," said Shelton in regret.
Song: "Cough Syrup"
Coaches who turned their chairs: all four
This adorable guy is a Westchester University student who plays rugby, a bagel shop employee who writes songs at work, and a pastor's son whose family moved their congregation into their house's basement. And then, he sang a Young the Giant hit with an epic a cappella intro that instantly – no really, instantly – won over all the coaches and got them all out of their chairs. Shockingly, he goes with Team Christina! She better not ditch him for her signature powerhouse female diva; instead, do it like Dez Duron who was the last one singing on Team Christina in season three.
- Head over to The Hollywood Reporter to get audition recaps for Nic Hawk, Matthew Brea, Shelbie Z., Josh Logan, Delvin Choice and James Wolpert
After the first night of Blind Auditions, the contestant count puts Team Adam in the lead at three, Team Christina and Team Cee Lo tied with two each, and Shelton trailing behind with one. That’s probably the only way to humble a three-peat Voice champion – clever editing of a pre-taped round.