We've wrapped up two nights of the blind auditions and have seen some pretty fantastic talent, including four four-chair turnarounds for Matthew Schuler (Team Christina), James Wolpert and Tessann Chin (Team Adam) and Holly Henry (Team Blake).
Sorry Cee Lo, better luck next time.
Nothing against these two, but enough about the front-runners.
James and Destinee Quinn (Team Christina) are my two singers to watch. I had a chance to ask each of them about their thoughts so far on the show.
Techie with Soul
James was impressive with his rendition of the Jack White song "Love Interruption." His bravado drew all the judges to push their button and then there's that rasp. I love that his performance started on the mellow side and he kept gradually building it to a high point. Adam said he could win the whole shebang, although that should be taken with a grain of salt, as he told two other singers that as well.
James said he's been trying to pin down where he fits musically. I think that has both its negatives and positives. If he doesn't know who he is, he might be willing to take more risks and experiment with songs, but then people would be confused because they don't know what type of performer he'd be. Christina pointed that out in her comments, that she didn't know which genre James would fit into. Those who do know who they are as an artist might come off more confident.
James said his musical influences change frequently, but his biggest influences are Jack White and Freddie Mercury.
"That kind of thing is constantly, constantly changing," he said in reference to musical influences. "I'm sure if you would've asked me a few years ago, my answer would've been different."
He also said he ultimately went with Adam not only because he seems like a genuine guy, but because Adam's background is pop-rock, which he's considering.
Re-watch James' performance:
Country Girl with Sass
Along the same lines, Destinee Quinn is a country girl but has the experience of singing different genres while performing at a biker bar. The ability to cross genres is why she's also my pick for the one to watch. Destinee says country music is what comes naturally to her, but that she does love singing other genres too.
She reminds me a bit of Cassadee Pope, who sang a majority of country songs, but did throw in Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne and Michelle Branch. She just knew which non-country songs would be best for her voice. If Destinee can do that, she can go far.
It will be interesting because she's not with Blake. Of course, the decision was made easier since he didn't push his button, but I think that will turn out to be a blessing in disguise because she seems like a good fit with Christina.
"She's going to give me a whole new perspective than what Blake would give me, being just a powerhouse vocalist, which will help me in the long run," Destinee said.
"She's so driven and so passionate about what she does, and she's all about putting emotion into songs."
Check out Destinee's performance again:
What do you think? Who are your singers to watch? Share your thoughts below!
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