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'The Voice': Our top 10

Now that the blind auditions are over, 48 singers are moving on to the battle rounds on NBC's ''The Voice'' (Mondays at 8 p.m.). We pick the 10 performers who really made our chairs spin

1. Tony Lucca, 36
How he describes his sound: ”Soul-folk: singer-songwriter/storyteller with inherent soulfulness.”
Background: Like Christina Aguilera, Tony’s an All New Mickey Mouse Club alum. He went on to star on 1996’s short-lived Aaron Spelling drama Malibu Shores with Keri Russell. Since then he’s put out eight albums, and his songs have been featured on shows like Friday Night Lights.
Why he’s one to watch: Tony’s already strong following has only grown since his gravelly rendition of ”Trouble” triggered a four-chair turnaround. Jokes Lucca, ”The full wrath of the Mickey Mouse Club has yet to be experienced.”

2. Jordis Unga, 29
How she describes her sound: ”I’m a rock & roll soul singer.”
Background: Jordis sang in two bands (blues and punk) before placing fifth on CBS’ 2005 sing-off Rock Star: INXS. She later recorded an album with Epic, but was dropped when her development deal ”went up in smoke,” she says. ”Nothing was ever released.”
Why she’s one to watch: Raspy, raw, and powerful, Jordis is a versatile rocker — and fun to watch, too. Coach Blake Shelton laid on the praise, calling hers ”the voice I’ve been waiting to hear.”

3. Tony Vincent, 38
How he describes his sound: ”Melancholy, hauntingly hopeful, incredibly honest.”
Background: An industry vet, Tony released three solo albums in the ’90s before transitioning into the theater world. He starred in Broadway productions of Rent and Jesus Christ Superstar before originating the role of St. Jimmy in Green Day’s American Idiot.
Why he’s one to watch: Any good reality competition needs drama, and Tony’s natural theatricality (which coach Cee Lo Green should know a thing or two about) and killer rock howl could make for some hugely exciting (and likely polarizing) performances.

4. Gwen Sebastian, 37
How she describes hersound: ”Definitely country, with a little bit of edge to it…country spunk!”
Background: After growing up singing in her parents’ van and at church, she released four albums through an independent label and has been touring with her band, Breakaway, for the past six years — mainly on the county- and state-fair circuit. ”I’ve been a full-time musician,” she says. ”But I’m thankful for it!”
Why she’s one to watch: Her tender, twangy ”Stay” audition showed just how developed and controlled she already is; as a country artist, she’ll blossom under coach Blake’s guidance.

5. Pip, 19
How he describes his sound: ”Pop-rock with a little more soul.”
Background: Before he had all four Voice coaches fighting over him, he auditioned for another TV singing competition, Oxygen’s The Glee Project, where he was eliminated in the first episode.
Why he’s one to watch: Don’t let the baby face fool you. Pip doesn’t want to be ”another Justin Bieber.” As his coach Adam Levine said, he’s a ”chameleon” — his surprisingly grown-up voice can adapt to jazz, rock, musical theater, and pop. As for the bow ties and suspenders? They’re here to stay.

Originally posted March 2 2012 — 12:00 AM EST

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