Season Two Of The Voice Kicks Off!

By Radar Staff

The sophomore season of NBC’s breakout hit The Voice premiered following Sunday’s Super Bowl, with the new crop of contestants choosing which one of the four celebrity coaches — Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine — they’d like to be their mentor.

In a rule change, each coach must have 12 contestants to take under their wing this year, up from last season’s eight.

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Among the standout hopefuls on Sunday’s season premiere:

Jesse Campbell, a 42-year-old church/wedding singer from Chicago, impressed the A-list panel with his take on Leon Russell‘s A Song for You. The single father took on Aguilera as his mentor.

Raelynn, a 17-year-old country crooner, aced her rendition of Miranda Lambert‘s Hell on Heels — and wound up with Lambert’s hubby, Shelton, as her mentor.

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Shelton told her, “I can make you a country star.”

Tony Lucca —  a 35-year-old who once performed alongside Aguilera on The Mickey Mouse Club (though she didn’t recognize him, at first) — impressed Adam with his rendition of Ray LaMontagne‘s Trouble.

“There’s so much real pain and energy in what you’re doing,” said Levine, who Lucca chose to mentor him.


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