As singing competition shows "The Voice" (NBC) and "The X Factor" (FOX) head into the third week of their selection process, which singers have stood out so far? Here are five to watch from each show.
De'Borah, 25, is the daughter of pastors who have supported her decision to be her androgynous self. With her smoky, rich tone, confident personality and easy-going command of the stage, she's likely to inspire those who are different. Her coach, Christina Aguilera, is at her best with strong female vocalists and should help her shine.
Trevin Hunte, 19, whose father is a garbage truck driver, got everybody but Adam Levine to turn for his rendition of "Listen." A big guy with a bigger voice, he prompted his coach, CeeLo Green, to predict, "You could be that dude that could win this thing." CeeLo can help him refine his soulful side.
Melanie Martinez, 17, a photographer with quirky fashion sense, auditioned with an alt-rock, breathy rendition of "Toxic" by Britney Spears. A unique artist with a voice that will stand out, she may well survive the battle rounds when she faces off with another member of Adam Levine's team.
Aquile, 22, delivered a deliciously spot-on rendition of Elton John's "Your Song." With his smooth sound and good looks, he's likely to keep coach Christina singing his praises.
Cassadee Pope, 22, is the former singer of a band called Hey Monday. Her heartfelt rendition of "Torn" got the coaches fighting over her. She chose Blake Shelton for her coach; with his proven record with singer-songwriter acts, she could go far.
"The X Factor"
Jason Brock, 34, had confidence to spare, which combined with his Goth-inspired look, seemed destined for failure. As it turned out, his version of Billy Joel, "New York State of Mind," owed an allegiance to Elton John, getting the audience (and judges) applauding.
Carly Rose Sonenclar, 13, by all appearances a typical preteen with long, brown hair, little to no makeup, denim shorts, and a black vest, had a voice that singers decades older than her would envy, as she proved with a show-stopping rendition of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good."
Panda Ross, 42, had just recovered from a hospital stay for pneumonia when her bluesy delivery of Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home" caused the judges to give her four yeses. While attention is currently focused on 540-pound pastor Freddie Combs, 41, whose inspiring story may have been a factor in the judges voting for him, don't forget about the frumpy woman who could well prove a breakout star.
Julia Bullock, 18, was a rocker auditioning without her band. Her version of Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" showed off a jazzy voice and easy confidence. As one of the few rockers in the competition so far, she's likely to stand out in a good way.
David Correy, 26, a tattooed, bearded young man in a fedora, was adopted from Brazil. As he launched into an amazingly sensitive version of the Bruno Mars song, "Just the Way You Are." With a voice that is at times reminiscent of Michael Jackson, with an interesting look and with what Britney Spears called an "amazing stage presence," he's got the entire package, which is exactly what "The X Factor" is about.
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