is the way the show doesn't shy away from contestants who've enjoyed previous success. With the music industry -- as with fashion, like Heidi famously says -- one day you're in, and the next day you're out. And sometime you've been out all along, even when you
you were in.
So whether it's their first break, or just their latest and biggest, we're glad that
has given so many great performers, young and old and in between, a chance to shine in their blind auditions. All of these performers impressed the coaches enough to land on a team, but some are definitely more seasoned than others.
She's since done away with the dreadlocks, but you may have still recognized this rock and roll crooner
from another reality competition, Rock Star: INXS
(also a Mark Burnett production).
Unga was the youngest contestant on that show, and was eliminated in fifth. Youtube clips abound of her performances on the show, including "Baba O'Riley
," "Heart-shaped Box
" and her signature performance from the show, "The Man Who Sold The World."
Lindsey's getting billed as a bartender from Sacramento -- but she was once a part of the bands A Colourado
(2006-2007) and Boxes
(2008), both based out of central California.
As the first MC (he bills himself
as an "indie hip-hop artist that incorporates elements of hip hop, pop and motown") to make it onto a team on The Voice, Moses already has a lot to be proud of
. Stone has made previous appearances on MTV's Say What Karaoke
and BET's 106 & Park
, and was recently featured in a Billboard article
about his label, Eruption Music Group.
TEAM CEE LOErin Martin
This working model
also found recent work for her voice on television, when her single "Balloon"
was used in an episode of Pretty Little Liars
this summer. But on a less illustrious TV note, Rock of Love
fans may recognize Martin as one of the first girls to get eliminated by Bret Michaels on season 2 ... although back then, and probably for the best, she went by an alter-ego, "Lyanna." Too bad the internet (that's us
!) never forgets.
He turned his life around after becoming HIV positive as a result of his drug use, but that's not all of Jamar
's inspirational story. He
auditioned for American Idol
with his friend (and future third-place finalist) Danny Gokey on season 8, but was cut, and Idol viewers never learned Jamar's story. (Then again, Danny's tragic story of his wife's death
trumped them all.) Jamar also tried for for Idol
seasons 3 and 9, but says he wasn't ready to share his full story
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This may be his first time in the limelight, and he doesn't sing (that we know of), but Cee Lo's ominous lap-buddy has his own Facebook page
. I mean, obviously
This girl's quite established -- she even has a lengthy, multi-video artist page on VH1
. She's got a couple professional-grade music videos
floating around, has toured with Adele and Gavin DeGraw (and more!
), and her song "Make Me Believe" was offered as the iTunes single of the week in the summer of 2009. And here's another odd reality TV connection: Her sister Ebony appeared on America's Next Top Model
(Image courtesy of NBC)
He didn't exactly hide his history with Britney, Christina and the rest of the Mickey Mouse Club, but that really just scratches the surface
when it comes to Tony's success. Beyond his seven studio albums, five EPs and songs featured on many TV shows (including NBC's Friday Night Lights
), Tony has also appeared numerous times on another
NBC show, Last Call with Carson Daly
, as a part of the show's band. Yes, Carson Daly -- the host of NBC's The Voice.
... Coincidence? You decide.
Tell us: Which Voice team or contestant are you rooting for so far?