I must admit that I watched this week's debut of The Voice mainly to gawk at how tragic Christina Aguilera is looking these days. Girlfriend has let herself go; I'm also pretty convinced she was drunk during the show's taping. That being said, I actually really like this show and even found a reason to keep watching it after an amazing singer from my hometown auditioned and made it through to the next round. Tacoma's own Vicci Martinez wowed the judges with an awesome performance of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep"; maybe I'm biased, but I think it was the best audition on this week's episode. Martinez is a regular around Seattle's live-music circuit--she's sold out the Triple Door and is actually playing a show at Woodinville's Big Daddy's tomorrow night--but thanks to her killer audition, she's now going to receive one-on-one vocal coaching from Cee-Lo Green (who we also think is the most entertaining and lovable judge on the show).
And, of course, if Martinez wins the entire competition--we'll be rooting for her all the way--she'll receive a record deal plus $100,000. Not too shabby.
Martinez has dabbled in reality TV before--she appeared on Star Search in 2003 and also turned down a slot on American Idol because she wasn't comfortable with the show's contractual restrictions. But on The Voice's blog, she recently wrote:
They don't want to change me . . . Even record labels that have been interested in me have wanted to change something about me . . . not this show.