“The Voice” season 15 kicked off Monday night (Sept. 24) with the blind auditions that pitted Kelly Clarkson against good pal Blake Shelton.
It was the audition of Mikele Buck that set the two friends against each other. Mikele performed Brooks & Dunn’s “She Used to Be Mine,” hoping that the coaches would turn their chairs. It came down to the last note. Just when you thought no one would budge, Kelly slammed her buzzer to turn her chair around, immediately followed by Blake.
“Noooo,” yelled Kelly. “This was strategy. Cause I was like ‘he ain’t gonna press it, and I’m gonna go real quick. And then you did it,” referring to Blake.
“That’s what I was doing. You did it because I did it,” Blake responded before Adam jumped in to give Kelly some advice calling her move “rookie.”
Then the attention turned back to Mikele and Blake started praising the singer.
“I love Brooks & Dunn and I love that song. I think that was on their second or third album. Listening to your voice, you’re rough around the edges and those type of artists, the Travis Tritts, the Brooks and Dunns, they don’t have any of those anymore on the radio. You coming on “The Voice” and singing that great sad country song, that’s going to hit America straight in the gut. I want to be your coach dude.”
Then it was Kelly’s turn. “I’m good Mikele, I’m good. I love that authentic side of country music,” Kelly pleaded. “I love that authentic side of country music. That cool stuff we grew up on that’s the kind of country music I love. I love singing country music. I love Caleb Lee, I stole him from [Blake] last season and got him really far. He was my date for the CMT awards, he’s making his record right now, Shane McAnally my friend is writing his songs. I’m just saying, I have connections too. My husband is [Blake’s] manager.”
After much deliberation, Mikele turned to his family for advice and his girls wanted Kelly. So Mikele went with Team Kelly.
“Did he pick me? Did he pick me?” Kelly screamed.
Let “The Voice” games begin.