Jordan Smith has led off or closed every episode of The Voice on which he has appeared. Monday night, the first night of live competition, Smith closed it out with a slow-burn rendition of Beyonce’s Halo that left the coaches with heavenly praise.
“God has signed your voice,” Pharrell said.
“All I can think of is God, when he sings,” Gwen Steffani said.
“You’re not a singer, you’re a figure that everyone draws this amazing energy from,” Smith’s coach Adam Levine said.
During the segment leading into Smith’s performance, he talked about his Kentucky roots, including a grandfather who owned a coal mine in Harlan. Smith fully endorsed Levine’s choice of the Beyonce classic, saying, “It tells what kind of artist I want to be, an emotional passionate artist.”
This will be the first week to find out if the TV audience concurs. Starting this week, fans vote on the performances, and the top two vote-getters from each team, plus a coach’s choice, will make up the Top 12. Coaches Blake Shelton and Pharrell’s teams will perform Tuesday, and winners will be announced Wednesday.