After his team member Taryn Papa won the 4-Way Knockout at the top of Monday’s live shows, the coach was effusive in his praise, almost breaking the six-foot social distancing restrictions in his excitement over two acts in particular: Ian Flanigan and Worth the Wait.
Flanigan delivered a cover of the Bob Dylan classic “Make You Feel My Love,” in his signature, unique gravelly tone, which left Shelton jumping out of his seat in support.
“The show is called The Voice!” Blake declared. “When have you ever heard a voice like that?!”
As for family trio Worth the Wait, who covered The Judds’ “Love Is Alive,” Blake gushed that “even though Mama’s on stage, I feel like a proud parent,” saying the trio sounded the best they have all season.
The Voice looks a little different this season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with safety glass distancing the coaches and team members and separate performance spaces on stage for the Battle and Knockout Rounds. But Stefani noted ahead of the season how excited the coaches were to be back in any capacity, bringing some music and joy into people’s lives.
“I think that being able to sit down and watch a show that’s so inspiring and will bring inspiration to people, it will definitely bring joy,” she noted. “Music is the heartbeat of human beings, so I feel really blessed to be here and to be a part of that and to be able to connect around America on the TV.”
“Maybe the reason there’s so much talent is that a lot of people are kind of paused and they get to kind of, you know, follow the dream in a way they didn’t get to because maybe they’re working or they were in school,” she added. “I think there’s kind of a different kind of group of people this time because of the opportunity that we are all paused in the world right now.”
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