Tuesday night's episode of The Voice was a lovely trip down memory lane. If there is one thing we need after 53 days of Blind Auditions, it is a recap of the best moments. In honor of this "best of" party, I drummed up a list of my favorite season five singers… as of week three. I am a human with opinions, so please don't get bent out of shape that I (spoiler alert) didn't choose a gaggle of country artists or dude rockers. I appreciate the talent of a Brandon Chase, but pop music courses through my veins and my preferences skew accordingly. Also, I stan for Adam Levine. Enough disclaiming. Top ten list (in no particular order): engage!
- I can't stop talking about Holly Henry's Blind Audition. Full disclosure: she sang "The Scientist," and that song would've been the top played song in my iTunes library my freshman year of high school if I had iTunes my freshman year of high school. That song ruins me. Holly's sound was so haunting and creepy-pretty. She's my only pick from Blake Shelton's team. Sorry, Mr. Shelton!
- Donna Allen. Donna Allen. Donna Allen. Miami Sound Machine alumnus, current student of Adam Levine, and forever the winner of my heart. I will be rooting for her with my entire being during the Battle Rounds. You and your voice are so beautiful to me, Donna Allen.
- Tessanne Chin has an unstoppable voice, and I suspect her audition performance of "Try" was a mere preview of what lies on the horizon. She is a member of Team Adam, and I will be a WRECK if he pits her against Donna. Don't wrong me like that, Adam.
- Michael Lynch did a short duet with Christina Aguilera and didn't sound like a hot landfill next to her, so I believe in him and miracles.
- Lupe Carroll is the sole member of Cee Lo Green's team to make my prestigious list. I don't know how that happened. Cee Lo and I always saw eye-to-eye in seasons past. Lupe has that folksy, coffeehouse sound with a hint of grit AND I LIKE IT. My friend and I didn't understand why Cee Lo was the only coach to turn for him. Stoked to watch you prove everyone wrong, Lupe!
- The gorgeous Lina Gaudenzi and her gorgeous performance of "Landslide" was, well, gorgeous. Don't bother buying me a thesaurus because I don't care to use any other adjectives to describe her. I'm counting on coach Xtina to pick a Battle Round song that'll showcase Lina's wild vibrato.
- I loved Nic Hawk's audition, yes. I live for an unexpected dose of Blu Cantrell, especially if it is done right. It was done right. I also live for any shameless flirting with Adam. A+ work, Nic.
- James Irwin and his pretty green eyes are on Team Adam (swell. So many of my faves are on Team Adam. This won't end well for my emotions), and I think his tone is so listenable. He made magic with "Losing My Religion," and magic is my everything.
- Ashley DuBose sang "Diamonds" better than I do in my mind, which is a serious compliment. She has powerful pipes, a stunningly beautiful face, and Adam as a mentor. I think I want to be her.
- Preston Pohl's got charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and tal-- wait. That's another show. Regardless, his voice and stage presence were memorable (in a good way). What is with Adam's team this season?! Maybe my unrelenting crush on Adam is clouding my judgment, but his team is stupid talented/stupid unfair.
Next time I visit Manhattan, I'll make a beeline for the NBC Experience Store to acquire a Team Adam t-shirt. It's my destiny. I could very easily drive to Universal Studios and check the souvenir shops for the blouse, but "The Great NYC Team Adam Shirt Caper" sounds so thrilling! Next week: Battle Rounds. Be there or be somewhere else.
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