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Cee Lo Green Flirts as The Voice's Blind Auditions Come to an End

Cee Lo Green Flirts as The Voice's Blind Auditions Come to an End
From left: Judges Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton
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10/08/2013 06:00AM

It was an evening full of lessons on The Voice – in perseverance and in embracing coach Cee Lo Green's unique brand of quirky flirtation.

In the final night of Season 5's blind auditions, the coaches picked the last singers for their teams. And Green used his soulful charm on Tamara Chauniece, the daughter of two ministers who recorded her first gospel record at 11.

The 23-year-old Texan charmed both Green and Christina Aguilera with a lilting version of Beyonce's "1 + 1."

"Both my mom and dad are ministers. But I ended up a sinner," Green confessed, seeking to win Chauniece over. "But it's not too late for me, for you to save me."



"I can," she replied. "Come to Jesus."

Green responded, "Jesus look good!"

Chauniece laughed it off and chose Green as her coach.



Green along with Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Aguilera, also seemed charmed by Iraq War veteran Shawn Smith, who lost 80 percent of his hearing in combat.

The burly country singer from Utica, N.Y., stepped onto the stage wearing a flashy belt buckle with his nickname, Big Sexy, and offered up a respectable version of the Zac Brown Band's "Chicken Fried" to round out Green's team.

After failing to turn any chairs during his first audition in Season 4, Matt Cermanski took the coaches' criticism to heart and returned with more determination this time around.



His hard work paid off as the 20-year-old from Phoenixville, Pa., played a nuanced and touching version of John Hiatt's "Have a Little Faith in Me," which had Levine, Shelton and Green quickly turning their chairs.

Levine remembered him well, using honesty when he described Cermanski's odd performance of the Katy Perry hit "Teenage Dream" last season.

"That's why we didn't pick you, because it was weird," Levine shared to laughter, later noting his respect for Cermanski's gumption in returning to the show.

"That shows resilience," he said. "The amount of growth I've seen in two performances is just exponential."



Green picked up another strong male artist in Lupe Carroll, a 26-year-old floral deliveryman from Bourbon, Ill., who offered an earthy take on the 1960s Bobby Darin hit, "If I Were A Carpenter."

Not surprisingly, the night's sole Latin-inspired singer, Michael Lynch, 27, of Chicago, was lured aboard Team Christina with his command of the English-Spanish lyrics of Enrique Iglesias's "Bailamos."

Aguilera, clearly pleased, jumped up and danced with Lynch as they harmonized on a duet.



Shelton, the show's only three-time winner, finalized his team with Austin, Texas, country singer Brian Pounds, 24, who performed Darius Rucker's "Wagon Wheel," and another Texas artist, Brandon Chase, 20, of Arlington, who sang "Wanted" by Hunter Hayes.

"When I heard your voice, I heard the real deal," Shelton told Chase. "It's in your blood to be a country singer."

Shelton's competitive nemesis, Levine, scored his final artist Tuesday in Grey, a 25-year-old Berklee College of Music graduate from Jacksonville, Fla., who sang Kelly Clarkson's "Catch My Breath."



"I think you are extraordinary. I really do," he told Grey, who performed with a wedding band before auditioning for the show.

"She just ruined her life," Shelton joked after losing out to Levine.

The Voice returns Tuesday with a Best of the Blinds show, while the battle rounds begin Oct. 14.

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