The third night of "The Voice" blind auditions showed that talent truly comes in all shapes and sizes. The coaches also revealed bits and pieces of their strategies and philosophies when it comes to building 16-member teams for Season 3.
Xtina goes on the offensive
Performing under the name of his band, Nelson Emokpae (a.k.a Nelly's Echo ) said that he and his family had to flee Nigeria to come to America. Emokpae delivered the goods with his rendition of "Ain't No Sunshine" and landed on Team Xtina. "I am so excited by Nelly; I think he's a true artist," she said.Aguilera also went head-to-head with Cee Lo Green and attracted Lisa Scinta and MarissaAnn to her team. Team Blake acquires a mother/daughter duo Even before they sang, Blake Shelton was determined to land the next performer. In this case, he attracted Alison and Crystal Steel, a mother/daughter duo that performs under the name 2 Steel Girls. Shelton was sold on them as soon as they performed a duet of "Before He Cheats."
"You guys are great. It's power, like an angry freight train of jilted women. The only reason I didn't push my button was that duos confuse me," Adam Levine confessed.Team Adam lands the powerful Nicole Nelson
Samuel Mouton's performance of "Redemption Song" earned three chair turns with Blake Shelton being the only hold-out. Levine hit his button first and added Mouton to his team.
"You can tell you are a scholar of reggae music, but what you did in front of us today is very different, which is impact us and make us feel something special by doing very little. That, in my opinion, is the hardest thing to accomplish," Levine said.Nicolle Nelson's polished rendition of "Hallelujah" earned a four chair turn and Levine as a coach. "I am so proud I turned around first," he said. Nelson could easily become the anchor of a strong Team Adam. Appearing as part of a montage, Loren Allred sang "When Love Takes Over" and also earned a spot on Team Adam.
Team Cee Lo gets more than he bargained forWhen she appeared backstage, Domo was a little hard to take. Her ego filled the room as she recited a rapid-fire list of her accomplishments. After the first few verses of "Don't Cha," though, Domo proved she had the pipes to back up that massive ego. Cee Lo was the only coach to turn his chair, acquiring a singer that could potentially be too hard to coach.
"I can tell by his raunchy facial expressions and body language that he was looking at something he really liked," Xtina said.Four hopefuls are sent home
Chris Trousdale, a former member of the boy band Dream Street, had more dance moves that singing ability. His moonwalking prompted Shelton to try his own fancy footwork, but Trousdale failed to make a team. "Right now, it seems like you are a dancer that sings," Levine said.
Mike Squillante's performance "Everybody Talks" earned some comments from Cee Lo. "I am not going to allow myself to just like something. I have to love it or else," he said.
Jasmine Rose sang "Mercy," but also left the competition without a coach. "I do have a specific team that's happening right now, and it didn't happen for me," Xtina said.
Brandon Clark left the judges a little cold after his rendition of "Colder Weather." "There's got to be that magic. Whatever that magic is, it has never been more important than it is right now," Shelton said.
The Season 3 blind auditions for "The Voice" continue on Monday, 9/17 at 8 PM EST.