Second time's the charm for The Voice. Tuesday night's The Voice blind auditions brought out a familiar face for judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — 17-year-old Tanner Linford. Last season, Linford was passed on by the judges after an unpolished version of Rihanna's "Stay," but that wasn't the case on this season of The Voice. Linford performed "When You Say Nothing At All" by Alison Krauss on The Voice Tuesday night and, at the very last second, got Blake Shelton to turn his chair and take him on Team Blake. So, basically, this is a true case of never giving up on your dreams, people.
Shelton told Linford, that he had "awesome control, great pitch" and "you're meant to be on #TeamBlake." And all of the judges seemed to agree, even though they didn't press their buttons and seemed way too concerned with the fact that they "thought he was a girl." Both Gwen and Pharrell admitted to thinking that Linford was actually a girl during his performance. I guess that's kind of a compliment to his range? But I couldn't help but feel a little weird about how much of an emphasis they put on his gender.
So, what did Linford change that made Adam Levine say that his "improvement was really noteworthy" and that the 17-year-old from Kaysville, UT? Well, he sang at his junior prom and learned to "sing with emotion." That's the recipe for success, people, and for hitting your stride, according to Shelton and the rest of The Voice's judges.
Here's Linford's second chance performance from Tuesday night's blind auditions:
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