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‘The Voice’ features at least five metro Atlantans

Sera Hill was the final person picked by Christina Aguilera on the Feb. 27 episode. CREDIT: NBC

Sera Hill was the final person picked by Christina Aguilera on the Feb. 27 episode. CREDIT: NBC

Metro Atlanta did well in the first round of NBC’s “The Voice” over the past month’s pre-taped episodes: at least five singers who live here made it into the semifinals. Each of the four judges have picked 12 singers each for a total of 48.

Adam Levine nabbed three of them that I know of: Pip of Marietta, Chris Cauley of Atlanta and Mathai, who moved to Atlanta a year ago but is identified as a Dallas resident.

Blake Shelton picked Jordan Rager, a country singer from Loganville during the fourth episode.

Christina Aguilera took in her 12th and final member of her team last night: Sera Hill of Lithonia.

Ironically, the one Atlanta judge, Cee Lo Green, ended up with no Georgians on his team that I know of.

Next Monday starts the battle rounds, where each coach will pick two singers to go one on one and pare them down to six, then to three. Of the four, Mathai is the standout in my mind.

Here’s a quick summary of how each got there, with a link to the videos of each singer:

Pip Mathis picked Adam Levine for his coach in the third episode.

Pip Andrew picked Adam Levine for his coach in the third episode.

Pip. (UPDATE: I had earlier referenced him as Pip Andrew. Andrew is his middle name. For publicity purposes, he goes only by Pip.)

Song choice: “House of the Rising Sun” – the Animals

Age: 19. City: Marietta (2010 Kennesaw Mountain High School graduate)

Distinctive look: bow ties and suspenders.

Who picked him: all four judges.

Style: versatile

His quote: “People don’t want to take me as seriously,” he said, because his voice and look don’t match.

Judge quotes: “Great song choice and great delivery,” Cee Lo said.

“You are a chameleon and could do anything,” Adam said.

Pip picked Adam because he turned his chair around first.  “I never thought all four of you would turn around in a million years,” Pip said.

Chris Cauley got to choose between Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine as a coach. He chose Adam episode three. CREDIT: NBC

Chris Cauley got to choose between Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine as a coach. He chose Adam episode three. CREDIT: NBC

Chris Cauley

Song choice: “Grenade” – Bruno Mars

Age: 27. City: Atlanta, grew up in Cumming

Distinctive look: fedora.

Who picked him: Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine.

Style: deep soul, loves Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, James Brown

Judge comments: “It was really great all the way through. You were really smooth.” – Christina. “This guy had to be part of this competition so I had to press my button.” – Adam, who cited his “consistency” and “grace.”

His comment (on the Star 94 Cindy & Ray show):” “The most nerve-wrecking thing I’ve ever done.”

Who he picks as a coach: Adam.

What Chris says: “I just respect him so much as an artist. He’s a cool dude.”

He is a regular at: Buckhead Church

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Mathai, who recently moved to Atlanta from Dallas, selected Adam Levine in the third episode. CREDIT: NBC

Mathai

Song choice: “Rumour Has It” – Adele

Age: 18

Look: adorable, sweet

Style: distinctive, with pop stylings

Who picked her: Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green

What the coaches said: “Attention! We are looking at a star right here! You don’t sound like anybody else before.” – Blake Shelton. “You were laying down this sassiness. No nerves. You owned everything you’re doing.” – Adam Levine. “You have the whole thing going.” – Cee Lo.

Who Mathai picked: Adam

Here’s a duet she did with Cauley of “Ordinary People” by John Legend:

Sera Hill

Song choice: “I’m Goin’ Down” – Mary J. Blige

Age: 24

City: Lithonia

Quirk: a self-proclaimed psychic

Distinctive look: feminine tough, in a Mary J. Blige-ish way

Style: R&B all the way

Who picked her: Christina Aguilera, who then sang with her and she held up just fine.

Jordan Rager of Loganville was picked by Blake Shelton after singing "Chicken Fried." CREDIT: NBC

Jordan Rager of Loganville was picked by Blake Shelton after singing "Chicken Fried." CREDIT: NBC

Jordan Rager

Song: “Chicken Fried” Zac Brown Band

Age: 17

City of residence: Loganville

Style: country

Judge who picked him: Blake Shelton

What Blake said: “You’re the first real genuine country singer in two seasons of the Voice to step across this stage. And I’m the only here who gets it.”

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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Rickster

February 28th, 2012
10:05 am

Hmmm… Rodney likes the guy’s Fedora. Who could have seen that coming? :-)

MichelleT

February 28th, 2012
10:44 am

Blake Shelton chose 17 year old, Jordan Rager from Loganville, GA! Go Team Blake, Go Jordan!

Rodney Ho

February 28th, 2012
10:46 am

@MichelleT Missed Jordan. Will add him!

Rickster

February 28th, 2012
11:03 am

I guess that’s why Rodney wrote “At least four.” Subconsciously he knew he missed one! :-)

Rickster

February 28th, 2012
11:12 am

I was impressed with the way that Christina didn’t try and steal the spotlight from Sera. Notice that Christina waited till after Sera climbed those notes and was one the way back before she hit the button.

JS

February 28th, 2012
11:16 am

I’m voting for Pip, you should too….

Rickster

February 28th, 2012
11:19 am

Ironically, the one Atlanta judge, Cee Lo Green, picked no Georgians that I know of.

Cee Lo did pick Pip & Chris Cauley. They just didn’t pick him.

Maybe that sentence should read “Ironically, the one Atlanta judge, Cee Lo Green, has no Georgians on his team.”

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Rodney Ho

February 28th, 2012
11:24 am

@Rickster You are right, Mr. Editor!

Rickster

February 28th, 2012
11:27 am

You’re quite welcome, Rodney.

Josh Johnson

February 28th, 2012
11:44 am

I know the Marietta contestant just goes by Pip, not Pip Andrew. See his NBC bio:
http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/pip/ Happy to see AJC highlighting all this great Atlanta talent, should make for some great tv.

Jonesy

February 28th, 2012
12:00 pm

Pip is just okay. I thought his voice was a little wobbly. I don’t think he would ever make it through on American Idol. So does that mean the AI talent is better than Voice talent?

Mastrmynd

February 28th, 2012
12:03 pm

Sera Hill is the truth! I’m glad the rest of the world has finally witnessed her immense talent! #TeamSeraHill represent! http://youtu.be/2tOhOUtWjEI

G

February 28th, 2012
12:05 pm

Sera Hill was pretty good! I look forward to seeing….I mean listening to her a lot in the future.

Eric Cartman

February 28th, 2012
12:18 pm

What kind of a name is Pip, anyway?

Rickster

February 28th, 2012
12:40 pm

Ummm… what happened to the videos?

Rickster

February 28th, 2012
1:13 pm

okay… now they’re back!

“Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.”

Pitchy

February 28th, 2012
1:23 pm

:”I was impressed with the way that Christina didn’t try and steal the spotlight from Sera. Notice that Christina waited till after Sera climbed those notes and was one the way back before she hit the button.”

I was impressed too, Rickster. Christina gave Sera a moment (recorded) that she will never forget. They sounded great together. I was disappointed they didn’t take pick that last rocker trype opera singing dude. When they turned their chairs around, they were disappointed as well. I bet nothing is worse than hearing “you sounded fabulous, spot on, beautiful voice” because I can actually see the thoughts in their head spinning saying “WTH didn’t you turn your chair around then!!”) (lol).

Pitchy

February 28th, 2012
1:24 pm

BTW, thanks RHo. You said if you found some time you would blog about The Voice…so Thank You!

Pitchy

February 28th, 2012
1:26 pm

Sera is going to have to go up against Jessica Sanchez. My child will be screaming.

Pitchy

February 28th, 2012
1:26 pm

Oops, brain freeze, Jessica Sanchez in on AI.

blkshepherd

February 28th, 2012
1:40 pm

Hmm. While Sera has something. Her over confident demeanor annoyed the hell out of me. And that tired ass Song I’m Going Down(Never a favorite of mine even when Rose Royce sang it and made it a hit) its just been done too many times and dont Prove that your vocie is all that great. Lets see when we get in to the competition and get some Real material to showcase your chops. Will see how she fears off then. Till then..I am not really that impressed with her. sorry.

Seth T

February 28th, 2012
1:50 pm

My ladyfriend said that “The View” ran a clip of Sera & Christina’s little duet this morning on the show. looks like “The Voice” is getting a little more press as time goes by —

@ Rodney — Nice article & clips!

Rodney Ho

February 28th, 2012
1:57 pm

Idol is planning to bring back several of its alums to perform this season, according to Hollywood Reporter. Slated so far: James Durbin, Daughtry, Lauren Alaina and Adam Lambert.

Deirdre

February 28th, 2012
2:05 pm

I think having former Idols on to sing during results night is the best thing Idol can do. It shows their support for the alumni and it entertains the loyal fans.

JTesla

February 28th, 2012
2:14 pm

No Kelly Clarkson? Oh that’s right, she’s too busy with The Voice.

Mercedes S.

February 28th, 2012
2:23 pm

“What kind of name is Pip?”
Hint: “My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.”

My money’s on Pip. There seem to be ten Seras in every Idol tryout town.

Branch Loveless

February 28th, 2012
2:29 pm

Rickster
February 28th, 2012
8:43 am

Interesting night on “The Voice.” The last girl to make it to the battle rounds is a girl from Georgia (Atlanta, I think.) Can’t remember her first name, but last name is Evans.

Sera Evans? Don’t think so, but that is funny Rickster!

Rickster

February 28th, 2012
2:44 pm

Okay… so I couldn’t remember her last name either! :-)

Rickster

February 28th, 2012
3:09 pm

One thing I like best about the blind auditions is the look on the faces of the judges and see the contestant doesn’t look anything like they sound.

DanJ

February 28th, 2012
3:30 pm

Glad to see The Voice get some love. I like Pip and maybe the suspenders will catch on to all these kids especially young men who can’t keep their pants up.

Branch Loveless

February 28th, 2012
3:33 pm

But, you did remember that Sera was from Georgia, “Mr. Editor”. lol!

JTesla

February 28th, 2012
3:44 pm

Pip needs to lose the tie. He reminds me of Dill, all he needs is to find Scout and Jem.

Branch Loveless

February 28th, 2012
3:46 pm

I also say “thanks, Rodney” for the thread for The Voice. Enjoying the show so far and hoping the battle rounds will not eliminate too many of my favorites.

BTW, I was scanning the Fox for you last Thursday, Rodney. Didn’t think to troll the lobby post-concert though! Oh well…maybe whenever Diana D. comes to town next time. Or when Kelly comes back in however many years!!!

Rickster

February 28th, 2012
3:52 pm

Branch… I remembered thinking last night that her name was like a combination of Sarah Evans and Faith Hill (I didn’t see her name was spelled Sera rather than Sara.)

This morning… I couldn’t remember the first name… but I remembered Evans.

Another Homer Simpson moment. D’oh!

Rickster

February 28th, 2012
3:56 pm

And yes… I realize I spelled Sarah/Sara differently both times.

DanJ

February 28th, 2012
4:15 pm

Those of you who watch The Voice who do you think has themost talented team? I’m torn between Adam and Xtina.

Deirdre

February 28th, 2012
4:43 pm

SPOILER ALERT

Some song titles have become available for tonight’s Idol(thanks Idol Pad)

Adam Brock – “Think” by Aretha Franklin
Creighton Fraker – “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper
Eben Christian Franckewitz – “Set Fire To The Rain” by Adele
Jeremy Rosado – “Gravity” by John Mayer or Sara Bareilles
Reed Grimm – “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

Rickster

February 28th, 2012
4:53 pm

Rodney notes that Chris Gauley’s “Distinctive Look” is a Fedora. But in the audition and the other video……….. he’s not wearing a cap?

Rickster

February 28th, 2012
5:10 pm

Less than three hours till Idol!!

Gotta love Tuesday shows. (Don’t gotta love 2 hours, fluff-filled shows.)

‘night everyone.

Mercedes S.

February 28th, 2012
6:02 pm

And I CAN watch Idol live after all -
Don’t suppose there’s any liveblogging yet??

Irene

February 28th, 2012
8:58 pm

The Voice is so much better than American Idol and X-Factor.

JimmyZ

February 29th, 2012
10:36 am

Okay, here’s one suggestion that I think might soothe some nerves, and add some suspense. For their last team member, each judge should be given an opportunity to go back and pick one of the turned-away contestants if they wish to do so.

First one to the last slot gets first pick of the turned away singers. If they don’t immediately choose one of the turned away contestants, they lose the chance to do so, and the rounds continue.

That way the judges would have some incentive to be the first one to the last slot if they really felt they made a mistake, and viewers really would not know if their hometown fave made the cut or not until the last audition episode.

[...] They are Mathai, Pip, Jordan Rager, Chris Cauley and Sera Hill. They are quite an impressive mix of voices and backgrounds.You can get more details about them here. [...]