If you go onto a singing-competition show on national television seeking affirmation of your talent, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better response than Harlan’s Jordan Smith got Tuesday night on The Voice.
His rendition of Sia’s Chandelier prompted most of the judges to turn their seats around quickly, and Gwen Stefani’s reaction to Smith’s voice and un-Sia-like appearance was particularly expressive: She could barely stay in her seat, and she ran up to give Smith a hug at the end of the song.
“You do not look like your voice, FYI,” Stefani said to the bespectacled Smith, who appeared in a plaid shirt and a cardigan.
Pharrell said, “and that’s the most super-cool thing about it, all that individuality standing on stage, right now.”
Judge Adam Levine added, “I think you’re the most important person that’s ever been on this show.”
Levine was the last judge to turn around, waiting for Smith to soar a few more notes after the chorus, but Smith ultimately elected to be on the Maroon 5 frontman’s team.
So, just months after FX’s crime drama Justified wrapped up, TV viewers will get a completely different look at Harlan through Smith’s Voice journey.
UPDATE: According to NBC publicity, we will next see Smith in the Battles rounds. Those begin Oct. 12, but NBC cannot say at this time what date Smith will be on.
However it goes, he will always have this moment: