NBC’s ‘The Voice’ review: Meet Aquile and Mackenzie Bourg

Before we get to our full review of “The Voice” this week, let’s get our major complaint out of the way now: why all of the sob stories? We were stunned this week to see how every single person had been through something absolutely horrible … and to be fair, many of us have. At some point, this show needs to actually take a page from their rival in Simon Cowell; make some auditions a little funny, that way it’s surprising when they have a good voice (look at Susan Boyle).

Thankfully, there were some good singers mixed in here to help us push through all of the sappiness.

Adriana Louise – A great audition, sure, but not as great as the coaches claimed it was. There were bum notes a-plenty all over this rendition of the Jessie J hit “Domino,” even if Adriana tried to make up with it with a mountain of energy and a white dress that confused Cee Lo Green into thinking that they were already married. At the end of the day, though, we knew that she was Christina Aguilera’s without a doubt.

Casey Muessigmann – Yes, this seriously is this guy’s real last name. He’s a wrestler as well as a singer, which is something that pretty much makes him Chris Jericho in a cowboy hat. With his wrestling career now on hold, he’s back to music … and he really is good. Now, we just needs to work with Blake Shelton on being a little less cheesy.

Aquile – This guy is pretty hardcore. He learned to play the guitar after getting punched in the jaw, and he has had a tough upbringing in a community where his race was not always accepted. His voice is soulful, smooth, and he is distinct. Christina wanted a private concert with him, and now she may have her chance (even if she was joking).

Mackenzie Bourg – His last name sounds like something from “Star Trek,” and so does the virus that he was contracted with. It was a scary thing that nearly took his life, but he woke up from a coma just in time to find out what he wanted in life. Story aside, his version of “Pumped Up Kicks” was really pretty cool, and we really like him paired with Cee Lo Green, the only coach to turn his chair around.

Julio Cesar Castillo – In closing this show, Julio performed something that has never been done on the show before: something in Spanish. Not only was his rendition of “La Bamba” fun, but it was fantastic. Blake turned his chair around right away, and this was enough to win his the final contestant of the night. Ultimately, this wasn’t a good night for Adam Levine … no team members at all.

Which one of these artists was your favorite from this show? If you want to read up on some of the contestants who auditioned Monday, be sure to head on over to the link here.

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