I'm super-excited about the third season of The Voice starting; it's one of my favorite TV shows. (However, I watch it a day late on Hulu since I don't have a REAL TV and because Internet TV is the wave of the future, so that's why I'm a day late on this). On Tuesday night's blind auditions, the last audition (if you watch the show, you know they usually close out the episode with a majorly good person) was a 40-year-old soul singer from West Seattle named Mycle Wastman. Wastman told a sad story about losing both of his parents as a child and being raised by his grandfather, who died just two weeks ago. He then took the stage and sang a gorgeous rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" that floored the judges, three of whom--Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton--turned their chairs for him.
It's always entertaining to watch the judges fight over a contestant. Cee Lo said, "You got the whole spectrum, man, you are the total package. I'm the most excited about you, than anyone else today," and then spouted some made-up story about how Al Green is his godfather and he was named after him. Adam cut him off to tell Wastman, "I have a weakness for that song, but that makes me listen to it all the more carefully because I love it so much, and you did such an incredible, incredible job." Blake said, "You're the best vocalist we have heard today. That is a fact."
You could tell Cee Lo really wanted him--he bragged about no one in 2012 doing soul music like Cee Lo Green and shouted "Let me love you! Let me love you!" at Wastman as he deliberated. And it worked--Wastman picked Cee Lo as his coach, and as host Carson Daly said, "From Seattle to Cee Lo!"
Blake was right--Wastman was the best singer of the night. I actually think he's the best singer to audition this season, five episodes in. He's got a smooth and magical voice and a good and finessed control over it. I hope to see him go far in the competition.
(BTW, Wastman's recording of "Let's Stay Together" is now available on iTunes).