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Season 7 | Episode 2 | “The Blind Auditions Part 2” | Aired Sept 23, 2014

OK, kids, it’s night two of blind auditions. We’ve got quite a few performances to cover, so let’s gather round the camp fire, sing “Kumbaya,” and talk the latest episode of The Voice.

The doctor is in
After a bit of exposition, we open on the coaches chatting backstage. Pharrell is psychoanalyzing everyone’s strategies, and I’ve gotta admit, his insights are pretty accurate (especially the part about Blake hitting contestants with the accent and using the art of distraction).

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I know what to do with that voice
The first performance of the night comes via Danica Shirey, a likable 25-year-old stay at home mom. Danica’s “Big White Room” is effortless and soulful. It’s probably the best performance of the night from a technical perspective, easily inspiring three chair turns. Adam and Gwen fight hard for Danica, but Pharrell seals the deal by saying “[Adam’s] all fit, and I’m so scrawny. But I know what to do with that voice.” Naturally, Danica picks Team Pharrell.


The hat makes an appearance

Our next contestant is Joe Kirk, an earnest 17-year-old from Nashville, TN. “Lego House” is a smart decision for Joe’s pliable voice, and the end result is charming enough to garner him four chair turns. Then the circus begins as the coaches fight for him like a pack of dogs going after a discarded doughnut. Pharrell calls Blake the “Nashville whisperer” and imitates his Voice Jedi routine. Then this happens.

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In the midst of all the chaos, Adam quietly steals Joe for his team.

Bromance isn’t dead
We have a rare reggae moment on The Voice thanks to Menlik Zergabachew, a 19-year-old from Silver Spring, MD. Menlik’s “Santeria” isn’t flawless, but his voice is appealing and his delivery is interesting. In a shocking turn of events, Blake is the first chair to turn (because when I think reggae, I think Blake?), and Gwen eventually follows suit. Obviously Team Gwen is the right fit, but seeing Blake attempt to say the name “Menlik” is nothing short of delightful. Adam comforts Blake for his loss in the only way he knows how.

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Texas cannot be denied

Tonight’s youngest contestant is Reagan James, a 15-year-old from Burleson, TX (the same city that gave us Kelly Clarkson). Reagan classifies herself as R&B, but her “Give Me Love” is anything but. Her performance is breathy and quirky with some unusual vocal tics, and it’s unique enough to inspire both Gwen and Blake to push their buttons. Gwen makes a game attempt to woo Reagan, but Blake’s play on the Texas connection lands her on his team.

Happy feet
My favorite male performance of the night belongs to Taylor Phelan, a 25-year-old who left his indie rock dreams behind to provide for his young family. I should note that Taylor’s baby is wearing headbands throughout this segment, and it’s so over-the-top cute, it almost hijacks the entire thing. Moving on, Taylor’s “Sweater Weather” has a little nervous energy at the top, but he quickly funnels that into one of the most passionate auditions so far, giving an intense, tightly controlled performance that earns him four chair turns. While Adam is effusive, naming him “Happy Feet” for his fancy footwork, Taylor ultimately chooses Team Pharrell as his new home.


Hey Sugar
Sugar Joans,
a 24-year-old from Los Angeles, has one of the best stage names to grace any season of The Voice. Her “Chain of Fools” is a bit over-sung for my taste, but it’s so ballsy and impressive, it wins me over and garners chair turns from Blake and Gwen. Blake finds endless joy in her stage name, getting in a few good zingers, like, “Everybody likes sugar.” However, his suggestion that they duet on “Me and Mrs. Jones” is just creepy enough to send Sugar straight into the arms of Team Gwen. Nice one, “Uncle Blake.”

No, you hold your horses
The country highlight of the night comes to us via 21-year-old Taylor Brashears. Taylor’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)” is brassy and assured, and although her vocal isn’t as distinctive as the original, her bravado is still enough to inspire three button pushes. The coaches fight over her aggressively, and Adam at some point tells Blake to “Hold your horses!” like an old Southern pro. Despite Adam’s attempt at a more Southern vernacular, Taylor takes the more well-trod country path and joins Team Blake.

Take my shoes! Take my handbags!
Our final performer is Maiya Sykes, a 36-year-old professional singer from Los Angeles. Her “Stay With Me” is my personal favorite of the night, showcasing a lovely, rounded tone and warm vibrato, and amping up into a spectacular ending. While the performance isn’t technically perfect, I don’t care, because it’s gorgeous. All four coaches agree, turning their chairs and bartering for Maiya’s affection like carnival barkers. Gwen even goes as far as to offer her free shoes and handbags, but in the end, Pharrell’s low-key monologues are enough to bring Maiya aboard Team Pharrell.

 

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night
While we had plenty of happy endings tonight, we also had a few who didn’t make a team. Jimi Milligan, a 35-year-old working musician, turned no chairs with his “Get Ready,” and Pez collector Caitlin Lucia struggled with nerves during her “You’re the One that I Want.” Last but not least, 28-year-old Andy Cherry wasn’t quite able to live up to his awesome ’80s selection, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”

Odds and Ends

  • Fun fact: Caitlin Lucia reveals she has a collection of almost 1,000 Pez dispensers. This feels like the beginning of a The Voice/My Strange Addiction crossover. And I LOVE IT.

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  • The editors and producers are KILLING it with song cues this week. My personal favorites were “Pour Some Sugar on Me” after Sugar Joans, and Dolly Parton’s “9-5” after Taylor Brashears.

Who were your favorites from episode 2? Least favorites? Leave your thoughts in the comments, and I’ll see you back here after the next episode of The Voice. Thanks for reading!

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7C on NBC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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