Did you watch the new NBC singing competition The Voice last night? You know, the one where four celebrity coaches--Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton--hear singers in "blind auditions" (their backs are turned to the artists), and then try to get the musicians to join their respective teams. No? Well, you missed some good stuff!
We learned that Levine has never heard "Bless the Broken Road," and that people who don't listen to country music have no idea who Shelton is, or why he's qualified to sit on a stage with Xtina, Cee-Lo, and the dude who sings "This Love."
What you didn't miss was a whole lot of fresh, new talented voices. Talented, yes, but not exactly new. There were a few industry newcomers last night, including 16-year-old Xenia and adorable power singer Jeff Jenkins, but also a large percentage of contestants with established careers.
No one was expecting The Voice to feature tone-deaf train wrecks, a la American Idol, but the number of singers who are already (semi) famous was surprising.
Davis, who sang Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl," and will compete on #teamxtina, is a D.C. native who was famously ousted from season 2 of American Idol after the show's producers discovered that she once modeled topless. But, Davis went on to become a well-known star of the stage, most notably in a run of Rent.
This Connecticut singer, whose voice had all four coaches drooling, but decided to go with Team Levine, once had a deal with Capitol Records! He sang with the Derek Trucks Band! And, he released a Billboard charting single, "Crazy," in 2003!
What does Kelsey Rey (Team Cee-Lo) have in common with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Aguilera? She's a Disney kid. She was part of the teen quartet Funn Club and, like the Jonas Brothers, had an album out on Disney Music. Check it out--that's Rey, second from the right. Sadly, no Funn Club footage is available, but here's the vid for her most recent track. The people at Disney probably would not approve.