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'The Voice' Season Premiere Recap: Former Mouseketeer Tony Lucca Wows The Coaches

Mon, February 6, 2012 12:20am EDT by 2 Comments
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‘The Voice’ kicked off a new season with the show’s trademark blind auditions. What do you make of the new crop of talent?

Last year, The Voice emerged as a bright spot on NBC’s schedule. It’s therefore no surprise that the struggling network gave the next-generation singing competition the plum post-Super Bowl slot. The show launched its second season with a round of blind auditions, in which the coaches — Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton — began putting their teams together. For a season premiere, the episode was a little underwhelming, but not without its highlights.

Sure to be talked about around the water cooler tomorrow is Tony Lucca, the 35-year-old struggling musician and former Mouseketeer who blew away the judges with his moving performance of “Trouble.” Yes, you read that correctly — Tony appeared on The Mickey Mouse Club alongside Christina, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Ryan Gosling!

Only thing is, Christina didn’t remember him — at least at first. Tony was a gentleman, though, and kept his mouth shut. (He did, however, choose Adam as his coach.) Count on Christina not to remember one of her former costars! When she finally realized (read: was told) who he was, Christina rushed over to give him a hug, introduced herself to his wife and son, and let slip that Britney once had a crush on him!

Another standout contestant was Jesse Campbell, a 42-year-old single father who had once been homeless. Jesse impressed the judges with his smooth rendition of “A Song For You,” and earned himself a place on Christina’s team.

A little later, pierced and tattooed rocker Juliet Simms, 25, brought the audience (Adam Levine included) to its feet with her gruff and throaty delivery of “Oh! Darling.” Despite catching Adam’s attention, she chose Cee Lo as her coach. A bit of an odd choice, we think!

What did YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Who were your favorite acts of the night?

— Josh Rosenblatt