After feeling the wrath of Christina Aguilera on ”The Voice” last week, fellow ”Mickey Mouse Club” star Tony Lucca was ready to impress this week — with another Mouseketeer’s song!
Lucca, who was labeled “one dimensional” in a harsh critique by Xtina last week, performed a dark version of Britney Spears’ first single ”…Baby One More Time.” Tony killed it … and the crowd went crazy for his cover. Read more and watch his performance here!
My early predictions are in. Now that I’ve seen all of the live performances on “The Voice,” I’m calling it. Jamar Rogers for the win. There are lots of other performers I’m digging — Lindsey Paveo, Erin Willet, Mathai and Juliet Simms were all live show standouts. BUT … I believe Jamar Rogers, who the show has dubbed “The Comeback Kid” (because he is an HIV positive, recovering drug addict), is going to take it. I sat through all 90 minutes of last night’s show waiting to see him perform, and he didn’t let me down with his version of Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” Yes, I’m gonna go his way, and I think America will too.
Do you watch “The Voice”? If not, you should, not only because it is the best music competition show out there, but also so you can enjoy the eccentric behaviors of judges Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green. In addition to the weird overblown sexual tension-filled snipes between Christina and Adam, you will find Cee Lo, inexplicably stroking his white Persian cat. At first, we weren’t sure if the cat was real, but it seems that it is. It seems Cee Lo is really trying to make cat-sessories a thing. And hey, we can totally get behind that.
Meet Jamar Rogers. He used to be a meth addict. He’s been sober for six years. He is HIV+. He can also sing his ass off. A few years ago, he auditioned for “American Idol” along with his best friend, Danny Gokey, who went on to third place that season. Danny’s story was powerful too — he was a young widower — and producers cut Jamar talking about his drug addict past out of the episode. This year, Jamar decided to audition for “The Voice,” and absolutely killed his rendition of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” Best of all, his idol, Cee Lo Green, chose him for his team. With Cee Lo as his coach, I’ve got all my fingers and toes crossed that Jamar makes it to the end. Check out his blind audition above!
Did you guys happen to catch the premiere of “The Voice” after last night’s Super Bowl? Normally I’m not a big fan of talent competition shows — I prefer to watch train wreck-style reality shows like “The Bachelor” and “The Real Housewives” — and have long given up on “American Idol,” but what I did watch of “The Voice”‘s first season really impressed me. And if the premiere of the second season is a sign of things to come, “The Voice” is only going to get better.
But can we please talk about A) how weirdly exciting it is that Tony Lucca — a former Mickey Mouse Club star — auditioned for the panel and B) how totally awkward it was that Christina Aguilera, who appeared on the show with him as a tween, totally didn’t recognize him even after he said his full name? Keep reading »