In the first week of "The Voice" blind auditions, almost every singer that made it through to the battle round was faced with choosing the mentor they wanted to work with. Only two contestants had just one coach pick them during their performances. The other 19 singers inspired more than one judge to turn their big red chairs, leaving the contestants to make the decision which team to join. In a recent conference call interview several of these singers discussed the reasons why they made the choices they did.
All four judges turned around for some singers
Only a few singers were so impressive that all four judges turned around. Bryan Keith, the 22-year-old from the Bronx who sang "It Will Rain," was one of them. He had decided before the audition that he most wanted to work with Adam Levine, but when all four judges pleaded with him, he did consider changing his mind. But he stuck with his initial gut feeling and went with the coach that held on until the song was almost over to buzz in. He recalled, "I went with [Adam] because he pushed me to prove myself. He waited until the end, and I liked that. I liked that he didn't press his button for me right away. So it made me want to be with him even more."
Adriana Louise, the 22-year-old from Brooklyn, New York, who also impressed all four judges, said she is still in shock that every judge wanted to work with her. She managed to remain calm and remembered that she went in wanting to be on Christina Aguilera's team. Although it was flattering to hear the other judges complementing her, she stated, "The only person I saw was Christina at that moment standing for me, and I was like, 'I have to go with her.'"
Some singers consider changing their minds
Casey Muessigmann, who sang "Sweet Home Alabama, contemplated switching his choice at the last minute. He was hoping to be coached by either Blake Shelton or Levine, but when Cee Lo Green and Blake turned around instead, Muessigmann momentarily rethought his predetermined plan. He stated, "Looking at the different styles that these coaches have and the ways that they can help develop you as an artist, it really stops you and makes you reconsider who you are and what you can actually do with your voice and your personality." In the end, he chose Blake.
Some singers make the decision on the fly
Julio Cesar Castillo, the mariachi singer from Chicago who sang "La Bamba," said he had made up his mind before auditioning that if given the chance, he would wanted to be on Team Adam. But when Levine didn't turn his chair, Castillo was faced with the choice between Green and Shelton. Ultimately he said, "I just thought that Blake would've been a better match for me."
Background and past history also come in to play
Joe Kirkland, who just recently stepped up to front his band after the lead singer quit, picked Adam because they have similar stories. "He actually used to not be a front man. And I really enjoyed the thought of him helping me figure out how to exactly be that front man. He comes from the same music-style background that I do. And it honestly just seemed like a perfect."
Terry McDermott, who rocked the house singing The Who's "Baba O'Reilly," surprised everyone when instead of choosing one of the pop singers, went the country route with Blake. He explained, "He's very supportive, and he's very hands-on. I got that impression from watching the previous season. I wanted to embrace that; I wanted to grab that if I could. Plus my wife's an enormous country music fan and has worked on converting me so she would have been mad at me if I hadn't gone with Blake."
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