If you’ve been keeping up with the new season of NBC’s “The Voice,” you know that the talent has been remarkable. You also might have noticed that whenever a contestant has an interest in country music, they almost always choose Blake Shelton’s team.
Blake’s fellow coaches, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, and Adam Levine, have warned them that this approach could work against them, and during the March 25 battle rounds, we saw exactly how that could happen.
With legendary country superstars Brooks & Dunn mentoring his team, Blake paired contestants Rod Stokes, a gospel and country singer, and Gyth Rigdon, a veteran country performer. He then challenged them to take on Mitchell Tenpenny’s smash “Drunk Me.”
To say they embraced the challenge seems an understatement.
Both gentleman gave passionate performances, demonstrating texture, range, musicality and showmanship, and when they were finished Kelly pointed out the unenviable task that Blake had in choosing.
“That’s a hard one,” she told Blake. Comparing Rod to The Highwaymen and Chris Stapleton, she leaned towards Rod. John, on the other hand, thought Gyth might be more flexible. Adam, too, chose Rod based on his personal taste.
Back in Nashville, though, Mitchell saw the show and, in his words, both gentlemen “battled the shit out of #DrunkMe.”
But it was Blake’s call and he began by saying, “My thoughts are this sucks. These battles are so neck-and-neck like this, it’s an impossible decision. But I gotta say to both of you, you gave it 150-percent and I couldn’t be happier.” He then thanked them for making it harder for him…and chose Gyth.
Never fear, though. Adam exercised his right to steal the talented raspy-voiced Rod for Team Adam.