This episode is starting to drag. Sure to continue that pattern is 16-year old Jason Kertsen. He is also from Seattle, so he probably has one of the world's worst jobs if he's working yet. Apparently he's a YouTube star for playing two guitars at once. Jason looks like a High School Musical-era Zac Efron, even when he sings. He chose "Lips of an Angel" to sing for his audition and I feel like it's a lame choice. He isn't quite hitting all the notes in the way I imagine he wanted to, either. I don't think the lack of chair turns is helping his confidence, either. The judges put on a good show of oohing and ahhing over Jason until he can be excused to have a consolation Starbucks beverage.
R. Anthony is hoping for some chair turns next. He was in a gospel trio and once he got married and got his wife pregnant, he left the group and got a real job. And no one cried Yoko, I'm sure. Especially because his wife suggested he get back out there. His daughters are probably old enough now.
R. Anthony delivers a clean rendition of "Hall of Fame" with just the right amount of embellishment. He chose the right song to show off his voice but not sound too gospel-y. Christina puts her fan down and turns her chair, which causes R. Anthony's oldest daughter to sob. In the very last second, Cee Lo also pushes his button. This is bad news for Christina because Cee Lo knows gospel and how to work with gospel voices. Cee Lo says he waited because he wanted to just experience the performance, which felt good. Swayed, R. Anthony chooses Cee Lo.
Cee Lo also got Keaira Lashae, who sometimes looks like the lost Mowry triplet. Christina chose Amber Nicole, a teen R&B "sensation." Blake turned his chair for Emily Randolph. These are the contestants the people we've gotten to know a little better will be beating in the battle rounds.
Another guy in a cowboy hat, Justin Chain, auditions next. We all know how this is going to go. Justin couldn't afford to put together a demo so he started doing sports but a motorcycle accident messed him up and got him back into singing. "Oh Justin, that is no joke," Carson says in response to photos of the accident. YOU are the joke, Carson.
Justin sings "She's Country," and I assume it is appealing because Blake turns his chair. Christina looks over at Blake and gives him this saccharine mean girl smile that makes me love her even more. It is Christina's giant soundstage and we're all just sweating in it. Blake and Justin country back and forth to fill the time. Are those shirts similar or are they the exact same shirt?