Jordan Smith goes to live competition on ‘The Voice’

Harlan County native Jordan Smith survived the third round on The Voice and is moving on to live competition.

Both times Smith was in competitive rounds, coach Adam Levine declared him the winner, and his opponent was stolen by another coach. This time, it was coach Gwen Steffani, who took  competitor Viktor Király, a 31-year-old Hungarian singer who has already had a professional career. He gave Levine a tough decision with his performance of Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You.

But while coaches thought Király was fantastic, they regard Smith, who sang Adele’s Set Fire to the Rain, as other worldly.

Coach Blake Shelton told Király, “your only problem is you’re up against Jordan.”

Levine, in rendering his decision, told Smith that the coaches had taken to calling him “The Unicorn,” because, “it’s a profound experience to hear you sing.”

Guest coach Rihanna was also knocked out by Smith’s voice and encouraged him to be more physical in his performance, which he did, striking some dramatic poses in the song he said he identified with as it addresses issues of self image.

Now, consider this. Not only has Jordan beaten two competitors who got stolen, he advanced to the live rounds singing Sia, Sam Smith and Adele — three of the most revered and challenging pop singers recording today.

Of course, a lot of us suspected that when Smith took a semester off from his senior year at Lee University that things had gone well for him during The Voice recorded rounds. Now it’s live, and up to the viewers.

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