On Tuesday night’s The Voice, an insightful critique might have been the key to Adam Levine winning over a four-chair-turn performer, while an attempt at a compliment might have cost Blake Shelton an artist.
The performance of the night came from 29-year-old LB Crew from Little Rock, Arkansas. The church singer got all four coaches to turn chairs with his performance of “Waves,” by Mr. Probz. He chose the song because it’s about being adrift at sea, with Crew sharing he felt like he was “leaving a familiar place for uncharted territory,” but he’s “got somewhere to be.”
Adam took a curious approach to earning B Crew’s selection. He complimented Crew on his talent, but told the singer that his falsetto “wasn’t as good as it could be” and that hitting those high pitch notes is one of the “Girls Like You” singer’s best skills. The constructive criticism worked: B Crew chose Adam, to the surprise of the other coaches.
Three chairs turned for Rebecca Howell, 19, who sang Vicki Lawrence‘s “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.” But when Blake tried to pay her a compliment, admiring the Georgia vocalists “whiny, nasally sound,” the observation backfired. “Is this your sales pitch?” asked Kelly Clarkson before stepping in to pay Rebecca more obvious compliments. Rebecca joined Kelly’s team.
Betsy Ade is a 40-year-old single mom from Wisconsin whose voice the coaches compared to Annie Lennox and Sinéad O’Connor. She performed “Hunger,” by Florence + The Machine. John Legend said he loved Betsy’s charisma, the way she dressed and even her haircut. Mentioning his partner in fame, wife Chrissy Teigen, John said he loves a strong dynamic woman. “You’re a big inspiration to my son,” remarked Betsy, who chose John over Adam.
Dalton Dover is a young parent from Georgia who sang “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” by the late country star Keith Whitley. It turned out to be a great song choice. Blake, the only coach whose chair turned, shared that the Whitley tune was the first song he ever learned to play on guitar. “Same here,” beamed Dalton, before joining Blake’s team.
Blake’s other team member was 19-year-old Kendra Checketts from San Diego, whose dad survived a cerebral brain hemorrhage and four brain surgeries. Blake was the only one to turn his chair during her performance of “Sober,” by Demi Lovato. “Instead of sitting here, waiting for people who are ready at this moment, I’m excited about coaching some people,” Blake said, explaining his decision to rousing applause.
Personal trainer J.T. Rodriguez sang the Steve Winwood classic “Higher Love.” The Tennessee native got no chair turns but did make it onto Bebe Rexha‘s The Voice Comeback Stage, where rejected artists can earn a chance to return to the show for the live rounds.
The Voice returns Monday, March 11 at 8:00 ET/7:00 CT on NBC.
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