Andrew Igbokidi, from Hot Springs, Arkansas, wows all four Voice judges.
Andrew Igbokidi hadn’t sung more than three notes before Gwen Stefani and Camila Cabello turned their chairs to try to land the 22-year-old Nigerian singer from Hot Springs, Arkansas, on their team for season 22 of The Voice.
They were quickly followed by Blake Shelton, who probably didn’t even recognize that Andrew was performing Billie Eilish's "when the party's over,” and then after a bit, John Legend turned, too, making it a four-chair turn for Andrew.
Gwen started off the pitches, saying “I’m Gwen Stefani from Anaheim, Calif. I’ve never seen anyone on this show someone who had such a mixture of styles. I don’t know what kind of music you listened to growing up.”
Andrew listed Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, and Celine Dion as his influences, but then realized he should also include Gwen and John's names.
“There are so many people who are talented with vocal acrobatics and runs, but the way that you made them very emotional, I saw all that, and now you finally have this big ol’ stage to show all of America a four-chair turn,” Gwen continued. “I’ve been doing this a long time. I’m in a place in my life where I just want to help people, so I would love to be your coach.”
John jumped in, saying, “I am so intrigued by you,” but he was interrupted by Camila, who pointed out, “You were the last to turn though.”
Blake got in on that adding, “I noticed that. It was like he couldn’t decide if he liked you or not.”
Unperturbed, John continued, “I was listening. When I make a decision, I make it with conviction, and I was convicted. Andrew, you made so many interesting choices. I am curious what you want to do with your music?”
Andrew responded, “I have been in musicals and theater but in the past year I have been applying to med school, so I got into four medical schools.”
Gwen said, “I’m so in love with this guy right now.”
John agreed, saying, “You’re like a poster child for a Nigerian child.”
Standing next to host Carson Daly on the side of the stage, Andrew’s mother nodded in agreement.
Andrew continued, “I feel like music is such a big part of me. I feel like this is my chance to pursue it.”
John then said, “I’m sure you’re aware of how big West African music has become globally. I did a song with several of those artists. We’ve heard that [Billie Eilish] song a few times on this show and your version was so unlike any version, so I really believe you have the ability to stand out so much on The Voice, so I would love to be your coach and help you do that.”
Then it was Camila’s turn. She yelled his name three times and said, “I feel vulnerable right now because I really, really believe in you. That is one of my favorite songs, but you added these crazy runs to it. I love your tone and you put so much emotion to it. I just want you so badly to be on my team. I feel like I could help you polish your performances. I have been on a singing competition show before in an environment where there’s a lot of pressure and there’s nerves. I have no other vocalist like you on my team. I would love to be your coach.”
The final coach to weigh in was Blake, who asked “What’s up Andrew? Are you from Little Rock?”
Andrew: I’m from Hot Springs.
When that geography lesson didn’t really work, Blake went with, “If it’s not country, I always stick out like a sore thumb on here because why would I go with the country guy? My answer always is because you live in Arkansas so you’re country, too.
Andrew admitted he was “a little bit.”
Blake pointed out, “I have nobody like you on my team.”
John summed it up for all the coaches, “Andrew, no one has ever had anybody like you on their team. I’m so curious to hear what you’re going to do next. What Stevie Wonder songs do you like?”
But Blake answered with bravado as if he already had Andrew on his team, “We’ll let you know.”
But it was for naught. Andrew, surprising even his mother who thought he would pick John, joined team Camila!
The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.