The judges were cutthroat on Monday's episode of The Voice.
On night two of the show's second season, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine fought hard for the best performers of the night, including a country duo called The Line. Shelton turned his chair around right away, even before knowing the male singer, Leland, had a female partner, Hailey.
By the end of their version of "American Girl" (watch a clip above) all the judges were hoping to add The Line to the teams they started picking on Sunday's premiere.
"I want to be part of that energy, very badly," Adam said. "I felt the fun that you were having up there," Christina said, adding she was "really intrigued" by the duo. "I was first," Blake argued. The duo went with Christina, who burst into a devilish laugh, mocking her costars.
Jamar Rogers, a former crystal meth user who contracted HIV as a result of his addiction, is now clean, writing music and volunteering near his home in the Bronx, N.Y. His idol, he said, is Ceel Lo, who was the only judge to turn around during Jamar's audition.
"This is a match made in heaven," Adam said, echoing the other judges who claimed they heard a voice that deserved to be with Cee Lo. "I've been a hard core fan," Jamar told his new coach. "You're the reason I auditioned for this show."
Gwen Sebastian, 37, said she'd put off having a family with the "love of my life" to pursue music. Her performance of "Stay" was enough to get the male coaches to turn their chairs around. "You are a great country vocalist," Blake told her. "You're tender in the right places and you're powerful in the right places." Despite some persuasion from Cee Lo and Adam, Gwen finally said, "My heart is country. Blake, I would be honored to be on your team."
Catching the BaitAt 50, Kim Yarbrough is one of The Voice's oldest contestants. While she sang "Tell Me Something Good," both Adam and Christina turned their chairs around. "I knew there was a force to be reckoned with," Christina said. Adam compared her to Chaka Khan, which she must have liked, since she joined his team.
Jermaine Paul, a backup singer for Alicia Keys, had a lot to say to his wannabe coaches. After putting his own spin on Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" (watch a clip below), he told the judges he liked hearing that they "wanted" him on their team. But the word "need" is better, he said, and what he really wanted to hear was "keep."
Unlike Cee Lo, who flattered Jermaine, Blake didn't take the bait, telling him the best singers would be the ones he would keep. Honesty, it seemed, was the best policy, and Jermaine ended up on Blake's team. "Cee Lo screwed the pooch on that one," Blake said.
The teams are shaping up! Christina has four singers of 12 while the men have three each. The blind auditions continue Monday (8 p.m.) on NBC.