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‘The Voice’ Season Premiere Recap: Bryan Keith Wows The Coaches

Mon, September 10, 2012 11:02pm EDT by Billy Nilles 2 Comments
The Voice Premiere
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In the third season premiere, ‘The Voice’ kicked things off with their trademark blind auditions and brought out some major talent. What do you think about this year’s field of contestants?

The Voice stands out among the rest of the singing competitions on TV today because the show refuses to include, and mock, the singing hopefuls who show up to audition without much talent. The show premiered its third season tonight, with the all-star judges — Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton — beginning to put their teams together. While the full episode may have been a bit underwhelming, there were a few singers who are sure to be at the top of the pack.

Standout Auditions

22-year-old Bronx native Bryan Keith is my front-runner for the season, based of tonight’s episode. The guy with the “signature” voice, as Christina referred to it, is son to Ray de la Paz, a two-time Grammy winning member of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Never having asked his dad for help to break into the industry, Bryan is admirable for wanting to be his own man. He came out and sang Bruno Mars‘ “It Will Rain” and had Blake spinning in his chair immediately. His performance was so good, in fact, that he got the season’s first four-way tie, with each judge pleading their case. In the end, Bryan went with Adam.

Other standouts included returning contestant Daniel Rosa. Daniel auditioned last year and couldn’t get anyone to turn their chairs, each judge citing pitch issues. Well, Daniel was back with a new-found confidence and sang a really cool version of Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know.” He brought a raspy twang to the track that was fresh, but I do think the judges oversold just how good it was. Cee Lo and Blake duked it out for Daniel, with Daniel eventually choosing Cee Lo.

The final contestant of the night is someone who people will probably be talking about in the morning. Trevin Hunte, the 18-year-old from Jamaica Queens, NY, came out and performed a stella version of “Listen” from the musical Dreamgirls. He immediately had X-Tina spinning in her seat, with Blake and Cee Lo soon following. (Adam didn’t turn out of fear of fighting the others for Trevin!) I thought Trevin was superb, but he didn’t knock my socks off in the way that song demands. But, clearly that was just me. Cee Lo won out in this battle, too.

Team Line-Ups, After Night One

By the end of the episode, each coach had two singers on their team. Blake ended up with Scottish Terry McDermott, who sang a serviceable “Baba O’Reilly” by the Who, and country queen Gracia Harrison. Adam walked away with Bryan and Ft. Worth native Joe Kirkland, who went a little too power-poppy on “Gives You Hell” by The All-American Rejects.

Cee Lo (and his totally weird pink bird) took home Daniel and Trevin, a power team in the making. Christina’s team is probably the weakest, at this point, though it’s not lacking in girl power. X-Tina wound up with Devyn Delora, who had guts to come out and sing “Ain’t No Other Man,” (but could never do it as well as her coach) and quirky De’borah, who performed “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train. De’borah is one of those contestants who could wind up being either incredible or one-note and bland. I guess we’ll have to see!

What did you think of tonight’s premiere, HollywoodLifers? Any clear favorites yet? Was there anyone who didn’t make it who you thought should have? Whose team do you think is the strongest after this first night? And are you stoked for two more episodes this week? Sound off in the comments below!

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— Billy Nilles

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