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‘The Voice’ Recap: Cassadee Pope Starts A War Among The Coaches

Tue, September 25, 2012 9:43pm EDT by Billy Nilles Add first Comment
The Voice Season 3 Auditions
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Former lead singer of pop-punk band Hey Monday Cassadee had all the coaches fighting for her, and she got a little love from former tourmate Pete Wentz, too! Read on for all the details.

Week three of The Voice came to a close tonight with more of the show’s signature blind auditions. It was an especially strong night for talent, with former lead singer of Hey Monday Cassadee Pope at the top of the pack. Our favorite coaches, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton all fought for the girl who once toured with Fall Out Boy!

Standout Auditions

The Voice has this habit of always saving the best for last, which certainly continued tonight. Cassadee was outstanding on Natalie Imbruglia‘s “Torn.” The girl, who got a special video message from FOB bassist Pete Wentz before going on stage, had each coach spinning in their seat and foaming at the mouth to have her on their team. In the end, she settled with Team Blake. After gaining fellow standout Terisa Griffin last night, Team Blake is looking pretty strong.

Another shining star tonight was smog technician Charlie Rey. Charlie, who works with his dad and is a major cutie, brought a truly charming performance of “Home” by Michael Buble to the stage and had Adam and Blake fighting for him. Charlie eventually chose Blake. It was a very good night for Blake.

Amanda Brown was another highlight. Amanda, a former backup signer for Adele (!), brought a really high-energy performance of “Valerie,” originally by The Zutons, but made famous again by Amy Winehouse. Oddly, she only got Cee Lo to turn, but, luckily, one is enough on this show. I’m glad we’ll get to see more of her.

The only other audition that made it through was Egypt-born Sylvia Yacob. Sylvia was good, but hardly my favorite of the hour. She sang “Only Girl In The World,” by Rihanna, and she was a bit sloppy with her runs at times. Surprisingly, she was able to convince Christina, Blake, and Cee Lo to hit their button and vie for her. Eventually, she chose Team X-Tina.

What About Everyone Else?

There were only two other auditions in tonight’s episode, both of which failed to land a spot on a coach’s team. In the case of IJ Quinn, the hog farmer with the high voice who was a literal mess on Jamiroquai‘s “Virtual Insanity,” this was a blessing. In the case of 55-year-old school bus driver Yolanda Barber, however, this was a crying shame. Yolanda sang the heck out of “Get Here” by Brenda Russell, and she really deserved a spot in the competition. It was tough to watch as no one hit their button. Bad move, coaches!

What did you think of tonight’s episode, HollywoodLifers? Did you love Cassadee? Were you disappointed that Yolanda failed to make it through? Is there someone else you were rooting for? Let me know below!

— Billy Nilles

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