- Three of The Voice coaches battled over alt rocker, Micah Iverson.
- Blake Shelton was puzzled by a genre he'd never heard of before—pop rock.
As The Voice Blind Auditions close out, the coaches are getting in all the last-minute digs they can before the Battle Rounds begin. This time, it came at the expense of Blake Shelton and his sincere befuddlement over an entire genre of music.
It started during Micah Iverson’s Blind Audition when he covered Irish rock band Kodaline’s “All I Want.” The smooth rendition earned the alt rock artist three chair turns, with Kelly Clarkson leading the pack, later followed by Blake and Nick Jonas.
Kelly gave her pitch for the singer to choose her, citing her love of alt rock (not to mention her swanky team jackets).
Nick followed suit, pointing out that the early Jonas Brother tunes were written as if the brothers were “an emo pop rock band.” He continued selling his coaching abilities, adding, “We could deep dive into the best of the emo pop rock stuff.”
But Blake cut him off, asking, “The what? What are they talking about? Is that a thing?”
Clearly, the country singer missed the boat on the late 90s, early 2000s renaissance of alternative and indie bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Jimmy Eat World, and Switchfoot.
The newbie didn’t miss the opportunity to call Blake out on his blunder in an effort to win over Micah. “I don’t know how connected to emo pop angst rock Blake will be,” Nick pointed out.
To which the “Nobody But You” singer surrendered: “I thought Pop Rocks were a damn candy, I’ll be honest with you.”
Fair enough, Blake!
Things got even more confusing when Micah consoled Blake, acknowledging that his reference to Dashboard Confessional might be too niche.
“You said a little more ‘nish’? What the hell does that mean?”
“It’s another genre you’ve never heard about,” John Legend quipped, taking the chance to pull Blake’s leg.
Still, there’s no doubt that the six-time winner knows how to mold voices, especially those outside of his country wheelhouse. Let’s not forget that Blake’s season 3 winner Cassadee Pope was once the frontwoman of Hey Monday, a late 2000s pop-punk emo group. So perhaps the two would make some music magic together!
Ultimately, the contestant went with Kelly, becoming the sole male competitor on her previously all-female team.
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