'The Voice' recap: Why the Caged Bird Sings

the-voice-season-2.jpgWelcome back to The Voice! Did you miss Carson Daly and his enormous head while he was gone? Me neither! If you have watched any television in the last two months you are well aware that The Voice premiered right after the Super Bowl, because why not make your East Coast audience wait out their Budweiser drunks and early onset nacho hangovers before letting them go to bed with the contestants' dulcet tones ringing through their heads? Nothing like a Voice high to keep you coming back for more, you know, Monday night when an additional two hours of auditions air.

The first minutes of the show are spent reminding us of how The Voice is so unique and different. First it has actual celebrities as judges not just a judge who is famous for being a judge (Cowell) or a judge who is famous for being drunk (Abdul) or even L.A. Reid who is famous despite being L.A. Reid, which has to be a serious handicap.

Also, unlike American Idol, here the judges are not actually judges, they are actually mentors, friends, adoptive parents. They may give you a pink guitar and let you hang out at their second assistant's uncle's empty condo with them and a camera crew. In Hollywood, that's family.

Carson Daly talks us through the process: Blind Auditions are first. The judges will hear a singer and based solely on their voice decide whether or not to have them on their team. If more than one judge turns around, the performer gets to choose whether she wants to be coached Christina Aguilera or someone who is not Christina Aguilera. Adam Levine's contestant, Javier Colon, won last year, so expect Adam to mention that at every possible moment, even though poor Javier is nowhere to be found on the charts. Anything else you need to know? I don't know, just plug your nose and let's jump in.