Carson Daly needs to calm himself. I appreciate how involved he gets with the contestants, but I can’t help but think it’s a little too much when he’s cheering louder than a singer’s mother. We know that you’re the “fifth Beatle” and everything, Carson, but we won’t like you any less if you take your cheerleading down a notch. In fact, we might like you a little bit more. And then there’s always the fact that Carson’s opinion doesn’t matter (no offense) and really can’t help us when it comes to judging the night’s auditions…
The story: This 28-year-old charmer hails from Dallas. Currently working as a “starter” at a golf course, Lewis once had a record deal with Interscope, for which he completed a radio tour. And after two and a half years, Lewis had almost finished a record when his music was shelved. Now, he’s hoping The Voice is his second chance.
The song: Usher’s “You Got It Bad” performed with a guitar and a little white-boy flair.
Embarrassing moment: When discussing his past in music, Lewis gives the audience a glimpse at a few of the music videos he was in during his record deal. The undone bowtie look with the sexy fingerpoint to the camera? Yep. He’s going to regret showing that one.
The verdict: After Usher, Blake and Shakira all turn around, it isn’t hard to imagine Lewis’ choice. “I got to go with my man Usher.” And after a super cool handshake and a quick dance move from Usher, the night is off to a good start.
The story: 45-year-old Shawna P is out to prove that it’s never too late to do what you’re passionate about. After seeing Elvis perform at the age of 8, Shawna knew what she wanted to do. She joined the Music Mafia in Nashville after college, which included other members Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich. She even performed with Kid Rock. But after the Music Mafia dissolved, Shawna was left without a leg to stand on. And now, she’s ready to give it another go.
The song: The Black Crowes’ “She Talks to Angels,” performed with a raspy rocker edge and a nose ring.
The quip: When asked how long she’s been singing, Shawna replies, “I’ve been singing since most the people who’ve tried out have been alive.” Touché, Ms. P.
The verdict: Adam and Shakira do their best to convince Shawna they’re both rockers at heart, but she only believes one of them — the one who can show her how to move her hips. Shawna joins Team Shakira.
NEXT: Which coach says “diaphanous?” (Hint: It’s used correctly.)