Tyler Lillestol is a baseball player but decided to pursue singing because you know, why not. He likes to incorporate singing into baseball. Ha ha what. I hate this guy. They also incorporated the first "Carson gives the contestant a ticket/invitation" segment and I writhed with fury. Tyler is all proud of himself because he's singing "U Got it Bad" by Usher and it is so unexpected from a guy who likes to combine baseball and singing.
Regrettably, Tyler is a pretty good singer. But the performance has zero swag. It is white, stale, and more traditional sounding than baseball. The coaches cruelly pretend like they might hit their buttons on the last note, but no one does. Christina, whose zippered, Mortal Kombat-inspired corset I never noticed until now, says they've raised the bar for Season 3. Can't just push the button for any old white guy singing Usher. There are only 64 spots to fill, after all.
Blake is entering the world of prop comedy, toting around some country music award that nobody would recognize by sight. Christina, who started the prop game with that fan, is visibly annoyed. A country artist is up next for Blake, and Liz Davis should re-consider that dye job. She sings "I'm Here for the Party" for Blake, and he pushes his button at the very end. Christina and Adam are slightly annoyed. They made compelling arguments, but she went with Blake, of course.
YouTube sensation JR Aquino is in the top 100 subscribed music channels or something, and he's from Alaska but not Sarah Palin's Alaska. He sings "Just the Way You Are" well enough, and after some strange pop star flirtation, Christina and Adam turn around. But JR is really just an opening act for his mom, who is the main event back in that room. Homegirl is giving herself an aneurysm back there. JR's higher register isn't as good, but who cares. Cee Lo pushes his button at the last note. JR manages to bring up YouTube, and Cee Lo manages to bring up how he struggled with the high notes. Wisely, and because he came to learn, JR goes with Cee Lo.
UGHHH. AN ENTIRE SEGMENT DEDICATED TO CARSON DALY'S STAGED PERSONAL INVITATION VISITS. It's like I committed one of the seven karmic sins, and this is my punishment.
Like Christina, the over-accessorized Agina Alvarez released a Spanish album. Unlike Christina, Agina was soon dropped. Maybe because her name is one letter away from a female body part. Maybe because she dressed like Pocahontas. No one pushes their button, because Agina pushed all four buttons way too hard with her voice. Blake apologizes because she is "so good," but Christina is honest: it was too hard. Also, I would like to add that it sounded like joke singing.