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The Battles of the Best: Season 3 of The Voice Returns Again With More Talent Than Ever

The Battles of the Best: Season 3 of The Voice Returns Again With More Talent Than Ever

There is something about The Voice that just makes me want to get up and sing.

And trust me, I am not a singer.

Since the premiere of the third season on Sept. 10, I have turned my television to NBC at 8 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday faithfully. For an hour or two, I let my mind be blown away by such supreme, indescribable talent.

I am so enticed that I find myself begging along with the performer’s family for one of the four chairs, holding judges Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Adam Levine, to slam their button down, illuminate their “I WANT YOU” sign, and turn around.

What makes this show not only different, but better than American Idol and the X Factor is that the show begins with three weeks of blind auditions.

Blind auditions consist of the judges sitting in separate chairs with their backs to the performer, and hitting a button if they hear something that might bring them success on the team of singers competing against each other they are creating. If more than one judge turns around, the performer must choose which coach they would like to coach them.

That’s much better than listening to Simon Cowell’s criticisms and whines about what a disgrace his contestants on the X-Factor are. I’d rather watch a show that is more positive experienced coaches who have actually had unbelievable successes in the music industry.

Important people to watch on The Voice include ex-Pete Wentz protégé Casadee Pope on Team Blake who sang “Torn”, and YouTube sensation Collin McLoughlin on Team Adam who sang “Wild World”.

Melanie Martinez, also on Team Adam, brought an interesting rendition of Toxic to the stage that was appealing since it was both fresh and crazy seductive, as she worked her guitar and adorable gap-toothed smile.

My personal favorite would have to be Avery Wilson on Team Cee Lo. Not only did he win over all four judges, but I’m sure he stole every viewer’s heart. He left me absolutely speechless. His performance of “Without You” was sung so perfectly, I would have sworn it was Usher if Wilson hadn’t added his own little twist to demonstrate his ability to climb such a large range of notes.

Right now, each judge has such an amazing roster that it is hard to say which coach has the upper hand. Once the battle rounds start, when coaches put two of their contestants up against other, it will be easier to tell how each singer matches up to each other.

I am so excited to see who advances and who gets cut in the upcoming battle to be named ‘The Voice’. For those of you like me who were dying of boredom from American Idol and the X-Factor dragging on, give The Voice a chance.

I promise you’ll be left more than satisfied.

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Bailey Valente, Sports Editor
Bailey Valente ’13 is the definition of a Superfan. She frequents the stands at Staples football games and watches ESPN over “Gossip Girl”. However, she never plays sports. Valente figures that if she can’t play the game, she might as well do the next best thing: contribute through journalism and her love of writing. After taking Intro to Journalism her sophomore year, she worked on the paper as a staff writer her junior year and is now a sports editor. Aside from sports, Valente’s interests also lie in helping others. Her love for volunteer work led to her being an active participant in the National Charity League, a non-required organization for students who would like to assist others and in their community. It is through NCL that she found out about the Caroline House inBridgeport,Conn., where Valente helps out every Thursday. She may be the one helping out others by tutoring local students in elementary level subjects, but Valente reaps the benefits as well. She feels the reward in her tutoring and enjoys seeing her work pay off when one of her students grasps a concept or gets a correct answer. “I love putting smiles on people’s faces,” she said.

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    SNAPPSOct 25, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Great article! I’ve been pleased with this season and I think it’s going way better than last. I can’t seem to pull myself from the TV when The Voice’s on. I won’t lie, Christina Aguilera’s one of the reasons I started watching too, I think she’s amazing and so beautiful. I didn’t think it would be good even after my coworker at DISH told me about it, but I was wrong and I’m hooked. I work in the evenings so watching primetimes out of the question. The family was never happy I had all the TV’s tied up with my recordings. Then the Hopper DVR came along and made it easier to record my shows. I can enable the PrimeTime Anytime feature to get the four major networks recorded on one TV. This frees up all the other TV’s and the kids aren’t stuck with watching recordings. I love this feature and it’s one of my favorites I use on a daily basis.