Music Industry

Watch Surprise's Destinee Quinn Wow Christina Aguilera on The Voice (VIDEO)

I'm not here to tell you why or how you should watch your reality singing contests, so I'll just offer this as a value-neutral option: If you've given up on the Cardinals already and are looking for another way to root for Arizona on NBC, this week's set of auditions on The Voice have you covered. Season 5's contestants include Surprise's own Destinee Quinn, whose rendition of "Cowboy Take Me Away" moved Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green (but not, oddly enough, Blake Shelton) to press their novelty-sized buttons and argue for her unstinting loyalty.

(At least, I think that's what all the Soviet Realist imagery is pointing toward.) Quinn's performance was near-perfect, as far as reality singing contests go: Maybe a little over-emoted but extremely competent, attached to a genre that does well on these, and tied up with a compelling-enough story of perseverence etc.

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Dan Moore