The All-New Mickey Mouse Club created several stars, including Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. However, there were a few that didn’t go on to music superstardom. Tony Lucca was one of those Mouseketeers — and he’s looking for redemption on The Voice.
Lucca is far removed from his Disney days — he’s a married father still pursuing the dream. He hoped Aguilera would recognize his voice when he came on stage.
“It does take a true talent to come along and jolt us out of our seats to push our buttons,” Aguilera told Lucca. “You have such a beautiful, silky quality to your tone and I appreciate you for making us all push our buttons.”
Ultimately, Lucca opted to join Team Adam — making him the first member of his team.
“It’s kind of hard to turn down someone who pushed the button twice,” Lucca joked to Levine. The Maroon 5 singer stood up and pushed Green’s button, too.
Lucca left the stage without commenting on his past — but as he left, a wave of recognition washed over Aguilera’s face. She jumped out of her chair and teetered backstage in her stilettos.
“You know who that guy was? I was on the Mickey Mouse Club with him. That is so weird!” Aguilera said backstage. “Where is my old Mouseketeer buddy?”
She walked into the green room where Lucca was celebrating with host Carson Daly and his family.
“Oh, my God! I didn’t even recognize you. How are you? And no hard feelings!” she said, hugging her old co-star. Aguilera even revealed a long-held secret about the handsome singer.
“Britney [Spears] had the biggest crush on you,” she said. “She’d talk about you all the time — and she wouldn’t mind me saying that. Back together on TV! Hello? Does it get better than that?”
It was pretty cute.
The talent on the second season of the hit NBC show is already intense — and we’re ready for the second night of blind auditions on Monday night. We’re loving the talent — and we’re not the only ones: The show brought in the highest non-sports television ratings in six years, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Watch Tony Lucca on The Voice