Hands down one of my favorite competitors on season 3 of The Voice is Daniel Rosa. Though I do not watch reality talent shows often, there’s something alluring about this series that from time to time I find myself plopped in front of the television set blubbering. This was one of those episodes.
The three-hour premier kicked off Tuesday night airing on NBC. For those who aren’t up to speed on what was so emotionally heart wrenching about this particular episode, let me fill you in: Last season Daniel Rosa walked away without being chosen by any of the panel’s judges consisting of Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton, despite his unique vocals and amazing potential.
Leaving the stage with advice from the Top 40 superstars, he returned this season and knocked it out of the park with an unrecognizable and smoothly cool rendition of Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know,” this time around catching the attention of both Cee Lo and Blake Shelton (Spoiler alert: he opts for Cee Lo as his coach).
It was obvious that everyone — including Adam Levine who immediately jumped on stage and embraced Rosa before he made his selection on who was to be his coach — was uproariously excited that he succeeded in the blind auditions after giving it a go for the second time. I too cheered and became teary eyed (cue tissues), because his story represents the classic case of the underdog. Before I became too overwhelmed, I changed the station to regroup (yes, I was THAT emotional), but caught one last glimpse of Daniel’s look before tuning out.
If you check out the above photos, it’s clear that in addition to his undeniably rich and simultaneously raspy vocals, this kid has a knack for styling and I’ll have to catch each episode to update you on what he’s wearing next (though I may be playing crossies behind my back, as I have stated earlier that I’m not the best with following shows season to season, though this could be a great idea for future blog posts.)
Back to Daniel: From Season 2 in the bottom right photo, he sports a grey cardigan, burgundy button-down — and with a pop of yellow —, a cordial bowtie. The later look was topped off with his signature wide brim black glasses.
This year, he continues in the same vein mimicking his former on-air look with yet another grey cardigan. Though this time, he swapped out the burgundy button-down for a white-collar shirt and caught our attention with a green necktie instead of a not-so-mellow yellow hue. An owl emblem decorated the chest of his cardigan giving his look a bit of East-coast prep, as Lisa Birnbach would say, and somehow subtly reminded me of Hogwarts (did anyone else get that vibe?). Either way, I loved it and I am not letting my bias as a Harry Potter fan precede this decision.
Overall, I’m excited for this season and hope other participants can nail both their vocals and style just as well as Daniel, though we’re rooting for the underdog of course! I’m sure he won’t leave us disappointed with the many more episodes to come and will continue impressing us with his soothing voice, as well as sharp aesthetic.
(Photos from pe.com blog, allaboutidolshows.com, and fashionweekblog.com)