'The Voice' Interviews: Get to Know the Artists You Didn't See
'The Voice' Interviews: Get to Know the Artists You Didn't See
Esther Gim
Esther Gim
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Some contestants on NBC's The Voice barely get their moment to shine in front of America during the blind auditions. For whatever reason, perhaps their personal story isn't compelling enough or whatnot, they're subjected to about a 3-second clip.

On Monday's third night of auditions, we barely got to know Lindsay Pagano, who landed on Team Shakira with "Lady Marmalade," Joshua Howard, who Adam picked up after "This is What It Feels Like" and Tanner James, who is the "diamond in the rough" on Team Usher with "Heaven."

They, and the other singers, joined the media on a conference call to discuss what we didn't get to see on TV and more. 


Last-Second Turn and an Awkward Moment

Lindsay Pagano had only Shakira turn around for her -- and it happened at the "very, very, very last second," which tested her patience.

"When Shakira turned around, it was just the last second and I think when it happened I had kind of given up at that point, and then I was just so shocked when I saw the lights coming at me, and she was just staring at me with this huge smile," Lindsay said.

She added that Shakira mentioned she wanted them to work on her lower register. The other coaches also said they thought she was the right fit for Team Shakira.

There was also apparently an awkward moment between Lindsay and the rest of the coaches, who all thought she was Spanish (she's not).

"They were like, 'Oh, you're Spanish' and Shakira started talking to me in Spanish and I said, 'No, I really don't understand what you're saying.' "


Percussion to Singing

Joshua Howard had both Shakira and Adam push their buttons pretty early into his audition. He said he was sold on Adam after his honest feedback, which Joshua appreciated and was appreciated that he was already coaching him right off the bat.

One of things he said Adam mentioned was holding his notes out rather than going into riffs and runs. Adam wanted to hear more of Joshua's "pure tone."

Joshua has only been singing for about three years, although he comes from a musical background. In college, he was a percussion major and has played in orchestras. He's also currently in a band called Emjay and calls his sound "Indie folk rock-type."

Usher Approved

Tanner James had just a one-chair turn, but it didn't matter because Usher turned around on the second note of his song. Tanner wasn't just the only one who was surprised Usher turned around so quick -- the other coaches were too -- since they all know Usher doesn't turn around that fast often.

"Usher was pretty selective about who he turns around for, and so the fact that he chose me to be one of his diamonds in the rough was just like, 'Wow, what a huge compliment.' It makes me want to go and shine like a diamond for him."


Making a Connection

We learned that Sisaundra Lewis, who impressed with her "Ain't No Way" audition to get a four-chair turn, used to be Celine Dion's vocal director. But she said she also has worked with Janet Jackson and Enrique Iglesias.

She's also sung jingles for Sprite, Doublemint and Dr. Pepper. None of that really translates into being on Team Blake, but that's who she picked, after going into it thinking she'd be on Team Adam because she's a huge Maroon 5 fan. 

"When they turned around and Blake started to speak with me, the connection was just there," she said. "I really felt like he would take me in and nurture my talent and help grow my talent as well as help define who I am as an artist. So it was just that energy."

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm on NBC.

(Image courtesy of NBC) 


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