'The Voice' reveals the identities of six Top 24 second-season finalists
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/06/2012
The Voice revealed the identities of its first six Top 24 finalists during Monday night's broadcast of the NBC singing competition's second season.
Tony Lucca, a singer from Waterford, MI; RaeLynn, a singer from Baytown, TX; Chris Mann, a singer from Wichita, KS; Cheesa Laureta, a singer from Honolulu, HI; Jordis Unga, a singer from Ridgeland, MN; and Jesse Campbell, a singer from Chicago, IL, advanced to The Voice's live performance rounds.
Lucca, RaeLynn, Mann, Laureta, Unga, and Campbell moved forward in the competition after they won their respective "battle" round face-offs against fellow contestants Chris Cauley, Adley Stump, Monique Benabou, Angie Johnson, Brian Fuente, and Anthony Evans.
The contestants squared off in the "battle" round face-offs after The Voice coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton each selected two members of their individual singing teams to perform a duet performance that would end with the coach eliminating one of the singers from the competition.
Lucca and Cauley, a singer from Alpharetta, GA, were matched-up by Levine and required to sing U2's "Beautiful Day."
Shelton paired RaeLynn and Stump, a singer from Tulsa, OK, and then had them perform a duet of Tom Petty's "Free Fallin."
Mann and Benabou, a singer from Alameda, CA, were selected by Aguilera and assigned Celine Dion's "The Power of Love" for their "battle" round.
Laureta and Johnson, a singer from St. Louis, MO, were paired by Green and required to perform Jim Steinman's "Total Eclipse of the Heart."
Unga and Fuente, a singer from Ridgeland, MS, were matched-up by Shelton and required to sing Alanis Morissette's "Ironic" for their "battle" round.
Aguilera paired Campbell and Evans, a singer from Dallas, TX, and then had them perform a duet of Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You."
Monday night's The Voice broadcast was the first of the competition's four "battle" round episodes.