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'The Voice' recap: The teams take shape...

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The judging team of The Voice

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NBC's much buzzed-about new singing competition The Voice kicked off on Tuesday night as Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green began their search for the next singing superstar (and treated the audience to an amazing group rendition of Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy').

For those unfamiliar with the format, contestants audition behind the backs of the coaches. If the coach likes what they hear, they can press a button which swings their chair around and brings the auditionee into view. It also signals their desire to work with them in the competition, although if more than one coach likes a contestant, then it's up to the contestant to choose their mentor, prompting a battle between the mentors as they try to lure the contestants to their team.

The blind audition stages (which began last night and continue next week) will see the mentors assembling a team of eight each, who they will then coach and train ahead of the live show battle rounds.

So, how are the teams looking after the first episode?



Team Christina (watch video interview)

Tarralyn Ramsey
Tarralyn, who has released albums in the past and shared the stage with Mary J. Blige and Ray Charles, is the night's first performer. Her rendition of 'Breathe' impresses both Christina and Cee Lo, while Adam jokes that he didn't push his button because she's a "better singer" than him and it upsets him. After singing a few bars of 'What A Girl Wants', Tarralyn opts for Christina, saying she has all her records, even the Spanish ones.

Frenchie Davis
A familiar face, following her American Idol disqualification and a stint on Broadway, she says that she believes regrets are a "waste of time" and is eager to continue pursuing her dream, and so hopefully be remembered for her talent this time around. She wows Christina with her version of 'I Kissed A Girl', prompting Blake to say: "This is a great marriage. I think Christina is perfect for you."



Beverly McClellan
This shaven-headed soulful rocker with piercings says that she may be 41, but she feels like she is 26. She plays at least ten instruments and has released five independent albums. She wins over both Christina and Adam with her energetic and passionate performance of 'Piece Of My Heart', although ultimately chooses Christina after the diva jokes she should be wary of Adam. "He's a bit of a wheeler-dealer. He will sell a used car to your grandma. Be careful about that one. He comes on strong!"



Team Blake (watch video interview)

Patrick Thomas
The Cowboy hat-wearing, music and economics student from Dallas wows Cee Lo, Blake and Adam with his performance of 'Live Like You Were Dying'. Christina, who didn't press her button because country is out of her comfort zone, thinks he's a cutie pie, joking: "Can you take your hat off? Can you take your pants off?" Adam and Cee Lo both argue they would be good at taking him on a different path, while Blake says he has the "avenues to make [him] a country star". That's enough for Patrick, who becomes the first member of Team Blake.



Elenowen (Josh & Nicole)
This married couple from Nashville, who describe themselves as a folk pop duo, live together in Nicole's basement and have already released an album detailing their life as newlyweds. They perform 'Falling Slowly' and win over Cee Lo and Blake, who begin a back-and-forth over who would be a better mentor. Nicole wants to know what they can do for them. Cee Lo says he can bring them into a broader spectrum of music, while Blake says he will ensure their relationship isn't affected by the demands of the industry. The latter promise wins them over.

Xenia
She says that she's always been a quiet girl and even her best friends didn't know she liked to sing until recently. Cee Lo and Blake are both impressed by her rendition of 'Break Even'. Cee Lo loves her raspy twang. "A country twang," interrupts Blake. "I consider myself country too," replies Cee Lo. "I'm from Atlanta, Georgia!" In the end, she opts for Blake, who promises to be a dependable figure, unlike Cee Lo, who he thinks will turn up to rehearsals in a Batman costume.



Team Cee Lo (watch video interview)

Kelsey Rey
Adam and Cee Lo press their button at the same time for the striking singer, who found fame in Europe and Scandinavia through YouTube. Christina struggles with her decision before eventually following suit. She jokes that the beautiful Kelsey should stay away from the boys because they "might hit on her all day". Cee Lo thinks her voice and appearance are "flawless" and she "swayed gracefully over the track" with impeccable clarity. "It's a shame about your looks," laments Adam jokingly. Kelsey says that, while she loves Maroon 5 and grew up listening to Christina, she's opting for Cee Lo.

Vicci Martinez
The 26-year-old, who has served as opening act for artists such as Sting, Etta James and Annie Lennox, wows Cee Lo and Christina with Adele's 'Rolling In The Deep'. Adam explains that he didn't press his button because he thinks his colleagues would be better mentors. Vicci tells Christina that, while she is "the goddess of goddesses", she is choosing Cee Lo because of his comment about her singing from the heart.



Tje Austin
This is the only audition of the night to keep the audience in the dark about the contestant until the performance has begun. In a voiceover, Mormon Tje describes himself as "a big goofy guy who likes to read sci-fi and play video games", before going on to wow Cee Lo and Adam with 'Just The Way You Are'. Adam thinks there was something special about his entire package, while Cee Lo heard himself in Tje's voice. Tje appreciates that they both turned around at the exact same time but decides to join Team Cee Lo.



Team Adam (watch video interview)

Jeff Jenkins
Jeff's mum passed away ten months ago and this will be the first time he's performed without her in the audience. He's the first performer of the night who gets a yes from all four coaches for 'Bless The Broken Road'. "I have never heard that song before but I'm pretty sure no-one can sing it as well as you just did," says Adam. Blake starts to say that Jeff could probably do other genres but country, before Adam interrupts: "I don't know if I made it clear, but I want to work with you really badly." Christina says he triggered instincts inside her, while Cee Lo says it was an "empowering" performance. It's a hard decision for Jeff, but he chooses Team Adam.



Rebecca Loebe
This folk singer lives in her 1982 station wagon ("It has a CD player and a tape player so don't be jealous!") because she travels around the country playing shows wherever she can. She performs a stripped down version of 'Come As You Are', which kick-starts a battle between Adam and Christina over who should mentor her. She eventually opts for Adam because she admires his career trajectory, but not before saying: "For anybody who has never stood 20-feet from Christina Aguilera, it's like staring at the surface of the sun. You are so beautiful."

Javier Colon
This husband and dad-of-two takes to the stage with his guitar for a stripped back rendition of 'Time After Time' which impresses all four mentors. Cee Lo calls it perfect, while Adam says it was tasteful. Javier then asks Christina (who was third to press her button) what took her so long. "I wanted to get lost in you and really feel you," she replies. "Christina Aguilera wants to feel you already!" jokes Blake. "That's awesome!" But, in the end, it's Team Adam for Javier.



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