After five long weeks, Monday night was finally the last segment of the judge’s “blind audition” process. Now that the four judges have each filled their teams with a dozen promising singers — battle rounds start next week — here’s how each one fared on Monday, and a look at their complete teams.
Adam spins his chair around for the first singer of the night, Whitney Myer, 25, an enthusiastic vocalist who performs in a family band with her dad and uncle. She impresses Adam and Christina right away with “No One” by Alicia Keys, but Adam sweet-talks her into joining his team.
Orlando Napier, 25, is given a much longer chance for a backstory — he wound up in jail years ago after he got in a bar fight. But Orlando claims the stint in jail rejuvenated him as a musician, and now he plays in a band with his dad.
As Orlando sits down at the piano and starts crooning John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change,” Adam spins around almost immediately, and is the only one. Adam then explains that he thought, “I need to have him on my team,” and, without thinking what it would sound like out loud, adds, “And I do, because no one else picked you.”
Tony Lucca (the former Mouseketeer)
Cee Lo Green
Cee Lo has a big start to the night, picking up rock band The Shields Brothers, made up of a sibling duo Rory and Tristan Shields who want to “punch America in the face with rock ‘n roll.” They’re from a farm in Rixeyville, Va., (about 60 miles west of DC) and the entire Shields family seems to be in agreement that it’s time for the boys to move out of Mom and Dad’s house.
Cee Lo digs their rendition of Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself,” and has no competition from the other judges as he spins around almost immediately.
Cheesa, 21, has a more difficult time impressing Cee Lo, but ultimately, the Hawaiian-born singer charms him with her version of Beyonce’s “If I Were a Boy.” Cee Lo almost misses out completely, as Cheesa pauses before ending on a glory note, causing Cee Lo to think the song is over — but when she launches into the glory note, he hastily presses the button to add Cheesa to his team.
The final crooner to land on Team Cee Lo is Wade, 18, an R&B singer from Alabama who puts his own spin on Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab.” After praising the late Winehouse, Cee Lo is intrigued enough with Wade to add him on as well.
Team Cee Lo:
Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson
Christina’s first pick, Lee Koch, 27, makes everyone hungry as he describes his day job — working at a bakery with his wife and brother, making fresh bread, scones, and more delectable-sounding treats. But Lee’s heart isn’t in it, as he says he would rather be “a musician who bakes, not a baker who pursues music.” He jams to “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan, but no one turns around until Lee starts playing a harmonica. That grabs Christina’s attention, who is the only one to spin around at the last minute.
Christina finally completes her team with Sera Hill, 24, who works at a hotel, but says she always thought she would make it big someday. Sera is dying for Christina to turn around, and sure enough, the pop diva spins around as Sera wails her version of Mary J. Blige’s “I’m Going Down.” The song even inspires Christina to grab a microphone, hop on stage, and do a duet, because Christina’s always happier when everything is about Christina.
Ashley De La Rosa
The Line (country duo)
Blake continues to add to his roster with classical musician/jazz singer Lex Land, who is visibly terrified as she sings “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt. But her voice is impressive enough to make up for it, and Blake has to compete with Adam and Cee Lo. While Adam starts immediately offering constructive criticism and Cee Lo argues he pushed his button first, Blake manages to win over Lex by saying her voice sounded like three different people — sultry, raw, and “that note at the end.”
But that’s nothing compared with Blake’s battle with Christina over Adley Stump, 22, a sorority girl who recently discovered she could sing and wows the judges by belting out former “American Idol” champ Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name.”
Blake admits that seeing Christina spinning around only encouraged him to want Adley as well, and Christina points out that she knows how to train newbie Adley to get the most out of her voice. Blake manages to one-up that by saying he’ll help Adley sell a story in a song, instead of Christina’s intensive training, the equivalent of “a treadmill of vocal cords.” After much bickering, Adley decides that Blake sounds more fun.
Jermaine Paul (Alicia Keys backup singer)