Even though all of these blind auditions for The Voice obviously took place in one sitting — we could probably describe every single article of clothing worn by Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, and Blake Shelton by now — it feels like the coaches are starting to really find their groove…and not just with their contestant picks, either. They’re already barbing back and forth like it’s old business, and they’re selectively stacking up their teams without hesitating to be competitive with one another. Well, except for Miley and Alicia, who’ve made a secret pact to never besmirch one another — the exact opposite of what Adam and Blake have going on with their frenemybros situation — but that’s all just part of the plan for global female domination. Mwahahaha! Just kidding…maybe.
Anyway, the story of tonight’s round three is it features one heckuva contestant comeback and a lot of jabs from Blake to Miley (no wonder they separated those two). Here’s who came out this time, where they landed, and why:
Aaron Gibson (25 – Atlanta, GA)
“Losing My Religion” by R.E.M.
Okay, so Miley Cyrus probably just found her soul brother in this Aaron Gibson guy, who, like her, boasts that same “growly, scratchy, husky voice” that has become her signature sound…well, since ”Party in the U.S.A.” anyway. As his name might hint, Gibson’s got a gift with the guitar, too, so he and Miley are already ready to make ~the climb~ together…no matter how many local name-drops Blake’s got in the queue to try winning him over.
Simone Gundy (26 – Arlington, TX)
“I (Who Have Nothing)” by Ben E. King
Every year there’s at least one booming R&B singer who makes Adam lose his mind, and this year it’s Simone, a former teen mom who’s put her dreams on hold to raise her son — but who’s now finally ready to explore her stage talent. Miley makes a good point that Simone has no trouble commanding the room and her bid feels more like a performance than an audition, but ultimately it’s Adam’s persistence that wins the day. “Right now I’m an animal, and I know I’m going to get you on my team,” he declares, surprisingly sans any teeth-baring. Blake does try to pitch in and rustle up some friendly competition, by suggesting Adam’s too “corporate” for her obvious sense of artistry and that she should aim for Team Miley instead, but Simone sees right through that hogwash and pours a little sugar on Team Adam. The fact that her pinchable-cheeked little 10-year-old told her to pick Adam certainly didn’t hurt.
Samantha Landrum (22 – Laurel, MS)
“Man! I Feel Like a Woman” by Shania Twain
Word to the wise: Steer very clear of anything by Shania Twain on this or any other singing-competition show for the rest of eternity — the twangy Twain train only makes one stop and that’s karaoke amateur night, as Samantha here found out the hard way. Good thing she’s still got her homegrown stage (and tractor) back at her family’s faux plantation to go back to.
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