Wednesday, September 12, 2012

'The Voice' Season 3, episode 2 recap: Christina Aguilera keeps piling up ... - New York Daily News

 New Yorker Adriana Louise shines during the blind auditions on Tuesday night’s ‘The Voice.’

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New Yorker Adriana Louise shines during the blind auditions on Tuesday night’s ‘The Voice.’

On day two of the marathon first week of season three, "The Voice" launches straight into another batch of blind auditions.

The glitzy opening was for Monday night. Now it's back to business for Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton, with two singers out of 16 on each of their teams.

First up is another New Yorker, 22-year-old Adriana Louise of Brooklyn. She's a waitress with a sob story: When she was 9-years-old her dad was set upon by a gang of thugs as he closed up his Carroll Gardens store. After he refused to cave in, the perps came to the house and held his family at gunpoint.

You know, that old chestnut.

Performing Jessie J's "Domino," Adriana gets all four judges to turn around and New Yorkers continue to dominate the singing competition in the early going.

"You're Christina Aguilera and you're talking to me right now," Adriana says. "It's crazy."

It's clear then that none of the others ever had a shot to get her on their teams.

"The first record I ever bought with my own money when I was nine years old was.Christina Aguilera," she says before running over to her idol.

Blake has better luck with Casey Muessicmann ("that's really my name"), a 22-year-old collegiate wrestler who shredded his knee and turned to singing.

"Boots, I heard boots," says Blake, sensing a country singer even before the first note of Lynard Skynard's "Sweet Home Alabama" starts.

Both he and Cee Lo turn, but it's no contest. "I came on this show to make beautiful country music with Blake Shelton."

Next up is Aquile, 24, a full-time musician from San Diego. He grew up biracial in a mostly white community of 3,000 in Wyoming and learned to play guitar while he was sidelined by a broken jaw. It's hinted that he was punched in a hate crime, but never really made clear.

Either way, his jaw is working fine: Just a couple of notes into Elton John's "Your Song," Christina hits her buzzer immediately. Cee Lo waits until the last minute.

Once she spins around and actually sees the hunky crooner, Christina says, "I kind of want a private concert to be honest."

That seems to have sold him! Welcome to Team Xtina.

Ryan Fogarty, the next aspiring singer, already has one foot in the business. He's the tour production coordinator for Leann Rimes, 28, from Nashville. He figured out that he could sing when the gang all out to karaoke.

"I was blown away," Rimes tells the camera.

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