In 13 seasons of The Voice (Mondays at and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), it seems like we’ve seen contestants and coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and new coach Jennifer Hudson sing, say and do just about everything. But proving that there is still history to be made, this week’s second night of blind auditions featured a never-before-seen moment on The Voice that did the one thing reality shows often fall short of doing – it inspired us.
The auditions started out strong, with 17-year-old Anthony Alexander performing Childish Gambino’s falsetto-friendly “Redbone.” Adam seemed like the perfect coach to help Alexander perfect his high notes and thankfully the teen thought so as well. Score one for the dudes with high voices.
Next was Sophia Bollman, whose best moment of her audition was telling the coaches “Blake would be a cool dad.” You can be one of the biggest country stars in the world and make millions of dollars, but an 18-year-old is still going to see you as a dad. Showing the power of millennials, Sophia went with age-appropriate Miley instead of ‘cool dad’ Blake. Don’t worry, Blake. Even though you don’t actually have kids, we’d still label you as a DILF.
Out of all of the blind auditions on Tuesday night, two performers became frontrunners for this season. First was 20-year-old Karli Webster, who performed her namesake Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain.” Adam pleaded with Karli with a K, saying “You have my favourite voice of anyone in this competition.” But it was the Miley movement, who told Karli, “I look forward to helping you make a mark in her-story. I would love to have you join my female team.” Sorry, Adam. In 2017, it’s ladies first.
Adam was quickly able to dry his tears after scoring 24-year-old Emily Luther, who performed a stunning rendition of the bluesy jazz classic “Summertime.” Blake put it best, summing up Luther’s performance by saying “I wanted a martini. I don’t drink martinis. I don’t even know what’s in those things.” Same, cool dad. Same.
But the most memorable audition of the night wasn’t the most technically proficient singer or even the one with the biggest voice. It was 28-year-old Stephan Marcellus, who said in his interview that he almost had an anxiety attack while waiting to perform. Marcellus gave most of North America an anxiety attack when the music for his performance started and Marcellus did not. After some mumbling and stumbling, Marcellus got back on track and quickly earned a buzzer push from Jennifer, who is now both our and Marcellus’ hero. We’re pretty sure he forgot more of the words after she turned around, but we don’t care. He. Kept. Going.
“It’s because I was in that same position before, and I completely forgot all the words to the song, but that don’t mean he can’t sing,” said Jennifer. “I could instantly relate because I just saw myself when I was up there, like, I know I knew those words yesterday. But you didn’t stop. You stumbled a bit, you went away, but that voice was still there and I could hear that and with the right coaching and the right direction you can get there, because you do have a great voice.”
After Marcellus left the stage, Hudson whispered about her own experience to the Coaches, revealing it happened during the Tony Awards. “I sang the first verse and I completely blacked out.”
In 2016, Hudson performed “Finding Neverland” at the Tony Awards and missed a few lines. You can hear a bit of a stumble around the 1:45 mark, but a Hudson-stumble is still worthy of a Tony Award.
The moral of the story? Just keep going. And watch The Voice anytime you need some inspiration and a cry.