Hair, along with veteran coaches Blake Shelton and gwen Stefani, turned around for country crooner Austin Montgomery during the penultimate round of blind auditions Tuesday night. Montgomery dazzled the coaches with his “old soul” cover of “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love with You)” by Hank Williams.
“I was really excited when I heard your voice,” Cabello said. “Our generation doesn’t have voices like yours. I don’t have anybody else like you on my team.”
Shelton made it a point to remind the California teen of his country music chops while also throwing some shade at his fellow coaches.
“I think it would be very important if you would ask the three of us who sings that song you just performed,” Shelton said. “At least one of us knows who wrote and sang that song.”
And while Stefani wanted Montgomery to join her team, she also backed her husband, telling Montgomery to not pick Cabello over Shelton. “This is your career,” she said. “That man right there, this is what he loves.”
In the end, Montgomery made the classic choice and joined Team Blake.
“I thought (Austin) was really different,” Cabello said. “But ultimately, old soul, he had to go with an older person.”
Here’s what else went down during Tuesday’s episode.
Gwen Stefani nabs ‘confident’ teen singer from John Legend
Jillian Jordyn earned swift chair turns from Stefani and coach John Legend with her heartfelt performance of “Issues” by Julia Michaels.
“I want to be an influential artist,” Jordyn told the coaches after her performance. “I want to be the artist that people feel like they can connect to.”
Legend said he was “so impressed” by the 17-year-old’s driven spirit. “I love that you have this vision for yourself, and I would love to be your coach,” he said.
Stefani chimed in with her own maternal pitch, telling Jordyn she reminded her of Michaels.
“(The performance) started off so strong. When we turned around, it got a little bit off the rails,” Stefani said. “That’s because you’ve probably never been on TV before. You’re 17 years old, and it’s a lot, and this show is going to be a lot. But I’m here to help you out.”
And Stefani’s support is exactly what Jordyn wanted: The singer opted to join Team Gwen.
“She’s so young; she’s ready to be molded, ”said Stefani of Jordyn. “She’s so confident and she knows exactly what she wants to do.”
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“It’s really rare that somebody will show that many sides of their voice, or that they even have that many sides to their voice,” Stefani said. “You were able to get tender with your voice and really listen to the lyrics of what you were saying, and that’s also rare for someone so young.”
And while Cabello poked fun at Shelton’s lack of pop music know-how, the country singer hoped that unpredictability would work in his favor.
“Your voice is magical. Maybe I don’t know that much pop music, but it doesn’t mean I’m not a fan,” Shelton said. “I can’t think of anything that would be more different and weird than if you chose me as your coach.”
Bello took the more traditional route, choosing pop star Cabello as her coach.
“(Grace’s) voice did have a really angelic quality to it. It reminded me of Ariana (Grande) at times,” Cabello said. “I want that musical diversity on my team, and I also feel like I can really help the artists that love pop music.”
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