"The Voice" is back! Season three of the hit NBC reality singing competition returned on Monday night with its star-studded cast in tow. Judges [artist id="1350855"]Adam Levine[/artist], [artist id="509026"]Christina Aguilera[/artist], [artist id="1164298"]Blake Shelton[/artist] and [artist id="1163841"]Cee Lo Green[/artist] didn't wait to dig in to one another, but took a moment before that to kick off the show's first blind auditions with a group performance to the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up."
The new season did bring about some new changes: each coach's team will now be comprised of 16 singers, coaches will have the ability to "snatch" one another's contestants, and Green seems to have replaced his white cat Purrfect with a pink parrot.
Nail-biting started early as contestants took to the stage to compete for a Universal Music Group contract and be championed "The Voice."
De'Borah is not your average church singer, which is probably why she was cast out of her gospel choir. "I'm into love, I'm not into the whole gender thing," De'Borah said. It was this unique quality, along with a charming charisma and stellar vocals, that lit up the judges' hearts. "I love your swag," judge Green told the self-proclaimed "misfit," but her heart was set on Aguilera, whose song "Voice Within" inspired her to embrace her originality.
The Yodel Battle Begins:
The show found its first yodeler in Gracia Harrison, who started an all-out battle among judges Levine, Green and Shelton. "By far, you're the best country singer we've ever heard on this show," Levine told the blonde beauty, to which Shelton rebutted, "You know what the right thing to do here is." She did and chose fellow country man Shelton, leaving his bromance with Levine on the rocks, "I hate you."
While "The Voice" generally focuses on its successful contestants, there were a couple hopefuls whose notes just fell a little flat. The show's first no-go, 16-year-old Garrett Gardner, was advised to work on his control. Jamaican native Anita Antoinette also failed to excite the judges with her lackluster rendition of Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry."
Perseverance Pays Off:
Returning contestant Daniel Rosa definitely proved why not to give up on your dreams. The season-two hopeful was skipped over but came back with a vengeance. He took the judge's prior advice to control his pitch and went one step further by working on his overall confidence, bringing to life a fabulous cover of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know." The judges were so happy to see him return, Levine jumped from his seat and gave Rosa a tight hug. "That's the kind of rendition of a recent song this show dreams of," Green said, and the acclamation might be why Rosa went with the Goodie Mob vet.
Born To Sing:
Two contestants hit a real chord with the judges. Bryan Keith was the night's only unanimous "yes" vote, receiving a standing ovation for his rendition of Bruno Mars' "Let It Rain." "You have a signature voice," Aguilera said. But Keith's heart was set on Levine. Then there was 18-year-old Trevin Hunte, who was told by his teachers that he would never amount to anything. The R&B crooner's soulful voice and skillful technique was far beyond his age, which prompted Green to ask, "What planet did you come from?" before he scooped him up for his team.
Not too shabby for day one of blind auditions. Each judge walked away with two new team members and will return Tuesday night in search for that one singer with "The Voice."
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