There’s something about a blind audition on The Voice that can stir hearts. Maybe it’s knowing that every singer trying out is going to be good, that we don’t have to sit through those cringeworthy auditions and chances are we’re about to hear some level of greatness. But it’s not just the great voices, it’s the stories behind some of these singers that will get you right in the feels.
Ryan Quinn, from New Hartford, New York, teaches music to children who have suffered varying degrees of trauma. The teacher (who we’re rooting for already) also found out two years prior to his blind audition he was diagnosed with a severe case of lyme disease but he battled back to close out Monday night’s show with a bang.
His rendition of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” was a mixed bag of awesomeness, starting with a falsetto that had Adam‘s and Pharrell‘s ears ringing and Christina pressing her button. But when Quinn unleashed the full power of his voice, the rest of the coaches followed suit.
“The style that you sing with resonates with each one of us on a different level,” Pharrell explained after each coach stated their case. “There’s nothing that’s going to go wrong with you. Goodwill is rewarded in the end.”
In his pre-performance interview, Quinn said he wanted Pharrell to be his coach but the 25-year-old ended up breaking Xtina’s heart, as well as Pharrell’s and Blake‘s, by picking Adam.
Whatever happens, Quinn is going to last a while because even if he somehow gets beaten in the battle rounds, another judge (ahem, Xtina) is going to snap him up. Just listen to the guy.
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two.