Tony Lucca - Contestant in The Voice (2012)

Contestant in The Voice (2012)

On February 5, 2012, Tony appeared on the Blind Auditions of the American reality talent show The Voice in its second season. He sang "Trouble", a Ray LaMontagne song. All four judges (Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton) hit the red "I Want You" button for him. He chose to join Adam Levine's team. It was also in this show that he reunited with fellow Mouseketeer Christina Aguilera. Initially, she showed no sign of recognition, but then realized who he was after he left the stage and followed him to congratulate him, also revealing that when they were young, Britney Spears, another fellow Mouseketeer, had a crush on Lucca. He advanced to the semi-finals, which he performed "How You Like Me Now" by The Heavy and moved on to the final round. For the final round on May 7, he performed Hugo's country-styled version of the Jay-Z song, "99 Problems". While enjoying his performance overall, Aguilera criticized Lucca for singing a song that she saw as being derogatory towards women, as the song contains the line "I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one." (Lucca did not sing the word "bitch" during this performance, but does on the studio recording.) This prompted Lucca's coach Levine to defend his performance, stating that he and Lucca discussed the content of the song and decided to go on with it, but used Hugo's version to change the tone and be taken less seriously, as well as revealing a black t-shirt with a sparkling pink "Team Xtina" logo on it. During that night since Lucca's performance, Aguilera made more jabs at him by stating that her finalist Chris Mann was "a real man" who respects women, as well as appearing to ignore Lucca's other performances that night. On May 8, 2012, he made his last performance on the show duetting with fellow contestant Jordis Unga formerly of Team Blake on the Fleetwood Mac song, "Go Your Own Way". Later that night, it was announced that he had come in third place in the competition, barely placing ahead of Mann by one quarter of a percentage point and coming behind winner Jermaine Paul from Team Blake and first runner-up Juliet Simms from Team Cee Lo. Lucca was later signed to Adam Levine's record label, 222 Records.

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