'The Voice' determines first eight second-season Top 16 artists
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/04/2012
The Voice determined the identities of its first eight Top 16 artists during Tuesday night's broadcast of the NBC singing competition's second season.
Erin Willett, a singer from Gaithersburg, MD; Jermaine Paul, a singer from Harriman, NY; RaeLynn, a singer from Baytown, TX; Jordis Unga, a singer from Ridgeland, MN; Jesse Campbell, a singer from Chicago, IL; Lindsey Pavao, a singer from Macteca, CA; Chris Mann, a singer from Wichita, KS; and Ashley De La Rosa, a singer from Orlando, FL, advanced to the competition's next round.
Willett, Paul and RaeLynn -- who were three of the six members on the team led by The Voice coach Blake Shelton -- advanced after host Carson Daly revealed they had received the most home viewer votes of anyone on their team following Monday night's performance show, while Unga was selected by Shelton from his three remaining team members after they were each required to sing a new song in the hopes their coach would save them in the competition.
Similarly, Campbell, Pavao and Mann -- who were three of the six members on coach Christina Aguilera's team -- will be moving forward in the competition after receiving the most home viewer votes this week of anyone on their team, while De La Rosa was selected by Aguilera from her three remaining team members after they each performed a survival song as well.
During the "sing to be saved" portion of last night's The Voice broadcast, Unga beat out fellow "Team Blake" members Naia Kete, a singer from Leverett, MA, and Charlotte Sometimes, a singer from Wall, NJ, with her performance of "Wild Horses" by the Rolling Stones. Kete sang Beyonce's "If I Were a Boy," while Sometimes performed a rendition of "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls.
After singing again for the coaches, De La Rosa won out over fellow "Team Christina" members Moses Stone, a singer from Laurel, MD, and Sera Hill, a singer from Stone Mountain, GA, with her performance of "Paris (Ooh La La)" by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Stone performed a version of The Script's "Breakeven (Falling to Pieces)," while Hill sang "Vision of Love" by Mariah Carey.
During The Voice's next episode on Monday, April 9 at 8PM ET/PT, the show will feature its second of the six live performance shows in which coaches Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine's teams will perform in their entirety.
The members of Green's second-season team who will take to the stage next week are James Massone, a singer from Boston, MA; Tony Vincent, a singer from Albuquerque, NM; Cheesa Laureta, a singer from Honolulu, HI; Juliet Simms, a singer from Tampa, FL; Jamar Rogers, a singer from Bronx, NY; and Erin Martin, a singer from Berrien Springs, MI.
Levine's team is comprised of Mathai, a singer from Dallas, TX; Karla Davis, a singer from Monroe, NC; Kim Yarbrough, a singer from Memphis, TN, who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA; Tony Lucca, a singer from Waterford, MI; Phillip "Pip" Arnold, a singer from Marietta, GA; and Katrina Parker, a singer from Holly Ridge, NC.
Following the performance show, The Voice's second season will then feature its second live results show on Tuesday, April 10 at 9PM ET/PT. Similar to this week, the three "Team Cee Lo" and "Team Adam" members who receive the most home viewer votes will automatically advance to the Top 16.
The bottom three artists on both teams will each get the opportunity to fight for survival by performing an additional song in the hopes of impressing their coach. Green and Levine will then get to select one additional team member to join them and advance in the competition, ultimately sending home two of their own artists.