Kicking off its second episode of Season 11, The Voice coaches aren’t afraid of showing us just how far they’ll go to snatch up a promising contestant. We’ve seen newcomer Miley Cyrus drop the “Dolly Parton is my godmother” bomb quite a few times, even pushing original member Blake Shelton to points of frustration. However, the “who you know” strategy seemed to be working in Cyrus’ favor, securing her a few extremely talented contestants. With Cyrus’ success possibly being a catalyst, Shelton essentially decided to try the method out for himself.
The coaches were treated to a performance by a singer named Ethan Tucker, putting an incredible reggae twist on The Police‘s iconic hit “Roxanne”. While coach Adam Levine was the first to lock in on this hopeful singer, Shelton eventually took on the challenge and the bidding war began! Tucker seemed a bit reluctant to join Team Blake, seeing that the cowboy’s genre was primarily country. Quickly picking up on the contestant’s hesitance, the “Austin” singer decided to reach into his mental arsenal and play the card we’ve been waiting for!
“I do have some serious connections in that reggae/ska world these days,” Shelton explains, in subtle reference to girlfriend Gwen Stefani.
“Really,” a frustrated Levine replies. “You’re gonna do that?!”
While the reference may not have sat too well with Shelton’s coaching competition, it was enough to secure Tucker onto Team Blake!
Shelton made his opinion on his choice of words very clear, telling cameras,
“I’m not afraid to say I played the Gwen Stefani card.”
Watch the successful battle for the reggae genius below!
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