Oops! Due to a scheduling snafu, our second Voice recap of the week is just a wee bit late. As penance, I will refrain from making any jokes about Christina Aguilera’s boobs until next Tuesday. Pray for me.
Anyway: Tonight, the Blind Auditions keep on truckin’, and the sob stories keep on comin’. First up is smiley single mom Trevanne Howell, who wants to show the world that “single mothers have dreams too.” But not that often! Because they don’t get much sleep! Nailed it. Trevanne’s dramatic rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” is an obvious crowd pleaser – but somehow, her high notes don’t move any of the judges to press their big red buttons. When not even Christina is jockeying to book a diva, you know the competition is finally beginning in earnest; everyone’s being a bit more selective, now that their teams are really starting to take shape. Trevanne exits after getting plenty of reassurance that she sounded good – just not good enough.
She’s followed by Collin McLoughlin, a Millennial who doesn’t totally have the whole “sympathetic back story” thing down. “I sacrificed everything for music,” he explains; here, “sacrificing everything” means “leaving the degree program at NYU my parents were paying for in order to mooch off of them full time.” I’m being a little hard on him, but only because his tale of woe really can’t compare to, say, the orphan whose beloved grandfather just died. (More on him later.) Collin’s gentle but powerful take on Cat Stevens’ “Wild World” wins over every judge but Christina – who really knows how to milk the drama of almost pushing a button. Adam says that Collin has one of the purest voices he’s heard yet, and Collin repays him by joining Team Levine. Afterwards, his mother is forced to admit that she shouldn’t have criticized him for leaving school: “I was wrong,” she says, her heart growing three sizes.
Little Joselyn Rivera didn’t speak until she was five years old, but used to spend four hours a day singing into her Barbie karaoke machine. See, Barbie is a force for good in the world! She goes for the jugular with Kelly Clarkson’s “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger),” and though I’ve got an inexplicable fondness for parenthetically positive songs, Joselyn’s voice isn’t quite strong enough to do justice to an anthem. But she sounds young and strong – and there’s clearly a lot of potential there – so Christina (of course) scoops her up, despite Blake’s best efforts. Xtina and Joselyn’s embrace is set to Aguilera’s song “Fighter” – which seems like a subtle “F– you, I did it first” to Kelly Clarkson.
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