“The Voice” is never shy about the fact that they invite talent to come audition as opposed to holding “American Idol” style open auditions. As a result, a lot of the contestants on the show have enjoyed a modicum of prior success and are using “The Voice” to move toward the mainstream, household-name level.
Tony Lucca, who was on “The Mickey Mouse Club” beginning when he was 14, is one of those contestants. A longtime boyfriend of “Felicity” star Keri Russell, Lucca is now married and has a son. He starred on the short-lived “Malibu Shores” alongside Russell and toured with *NSYNC (and former “MMC” buds Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez) for a brief period. Recently, his music was prominently featured on “Friday Night Lights” — very prominently. “Devil Town” was him.
So did Christina Aguilera recognize her old co-star’s voice when he began to sing “Trouble” on the show? Nope. All four judges turned around (Cee-Lo required some encouragement from Adam Levine) and even when Lucca introduced himself, there wasn’t the faintest spark of recognition on Aguilera’s face.
Awkward doesn’t begin to describe it. There weren’t that many people on “MMC,” you guys! It’s like not recognizing someone you went to high school with… if you only went to high school with 12 people.
It wasn’t until he chose Levine as his coach, walked off stage, and nodded to Aguilera, that she suddenly had an epiphany. Turning bright red, her jaw dropping, she climbed down off her seat and — clearly mortified — headed backstage, seeking him out.
“Oh my god! I didn’t even recognize. How are you! And no hard feelings,” she told him when she found him. “Britney had the biggest crush on you. She’d talk about you all the time.”
Most hilarious reunion ever!
Check out Lucca singing with Chasez back in the day below. We’ve also included video of a recent performance of a Springsteen classic with Sara Bareilles, because it’s fantastic.