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‘The Voice’ Recap: Carson Daly Talks Blind Auditions, Night 2!

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It’s tough to follow up a big premiere with a stellar second episode, but that’s exactly what The Voice did last night with more incredible and diverse blind auditions.

Carson, who is off this week while he’s hosting the Today show from NYC, was kind enough to give Booker and Producer Angie a ring to recap his favorite moments.

“It was an hour show, so it really flew by,” Carson explained. “Unlike last season, where the fall we have to fill a lot more episodes, that’s why everybody had 16 on their team and it seemed to never end. It’s a little bit shorter here in the spring, so everybody’s just trying to get 12 on their team and so it moves a little quicker.”

Our favorite part about The Voice is the fact that the prime time production doesn’t shy away from putting the spotlight on unconventional acts.

Exhibit A: Midas Whale. The folk duo from Idaho rocked the stage, despite not sounding anything like your average pop song.

“That could’ve gone either way, that Johnny Cash song,” Carson said of the quirky combination. “But I think because Mumford [and Sons] and Lumineers and that American folk is so popular right now, they got four chairs to turn. They were really good.”

The pair had their pick of teams to join, but opted to go with season one winner Adam Levine.

We’re also definitely seeing a huge Latin influence this time around, perhaps due in part to Shakira joining the coaching panel.

“The other standout I thought was Cathia, who’s from the Bronx, who went Team Shakira,” he said. “She sang the whole song in Spanish and that didn’t stop Usher from turning around first and he said I can just really feel what you are singing.”

The Voice ended Tuesday’s episode on a high note, with Sarah Simmon’s tackling Joan Osborne’s “One of Us.”

“Sarah Simmons, I thought was great,” Carson shared.

Levine proved he was “cap’n four chair turn,” or so says his Twitter account, because he convinced Simmons to join his crew. It’s a good thing too, since he only snagged one contestant during Monday’s premiere.

Of course, Booker wanted to get some real dirt on the show…for example, does Carson already has a favorite?

“Sure, but where do I go with it? There’s no place for me to say on the air, you know, during a battle round. My commentary, for me to editorialize anything that’s happening in the media or on the radio show, I need to be sort of neutral as possible. I’m rooting for all the contestants.”

With the blind auditions, the battle rounds, knockout rounds, and live shows, it’s about longevity, consistency, and hitting your peak at the perfect moment.

“It gets fun in the live shows,” he explained. “If you remember Juliet Simms. She sang ‘Roxanne.’ All of a sudden, boom! She was a star. Cassadee Pope, last year, she sings that Blake [Shelton]/Miranda [Lambert] song, you know, ‘Over You,’ and like, boom. She’s a star. They come out of nowhere.”

“What you think are the frontrunners today, even Trevin Hunte last year people thought, like Judith Hill, early on, you know, ‘There’s your winner,’ kind of petered out down the stretch. It’s a long show.”

  • Who’s your favorite contestant so far on The Voice? Give them a shout out in the comments section!

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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