Watch The Voice Coaches Rally Against Blake Shelton as He Attempts to Win Over Country Singing Contestant
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Competition is firing up between The Voice coaches!
In a preview of Monday night’s Blind Auditions round of the NBC singing competition series shared exclusively with PEOPLE, veteran coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Kelly Clarkson, along with newcomer John Legend, get in a hilariously heated fight over contestant Dexter Roberts.
As the Alabama native gets to the chorus of Randy Houser’s “Like a Cowboy,” Shelton, Clarkson and Legend press their buttons and turn their chairs for Roberts simultaneously. Levine, on the other hand, holds out until the very end of the song to turn his chair around.
Once Roberts finishes singing, Legend, 40, is the first to offer his take on why he should be the coach he chooses.
“You sounded beautiful,” Legend begins. “Your low stuff was so rich and the baritone was so beautiful and then you hit the power notes at the end. Everything was perfect. I may not be an expert in country, but I know a great voice and I heard it today. I would be honored to have you on my team.”
Levine, 39, is up next and prefaces what he’s going to say with, “I’m going to keep this brief,” to which Shelton, 42, quips, “Thank God.”
“I am not head of the country state police or whatever the hell he is, I don’t even know,” Levine continues in reference to Shelton. “But I will say this — any one of us, regardless of genre, we know when something is transcendent enough to be truly spectacular. What you do is astounding, and I just wanted to pay my respect by pressing my button, but I don’t want you to pick me.”
To that, Legend says, “Woah, that’s reverse psychology.”
Levine then goes on to jokingly say he doesn’t want Roberts to pick him “because that would be far too daring and far too bold and we might go way too far together.”
“So don’t you dare, don’t you dare pick me Dexter!” Levine adds.
Shelton tries to prove to Roberts that he knows more about country than the other coaches by asking him, “Will you do me a favor? Will you ask them who sings that song you performed tonight?”
Levine and Legend both admit they don’t know the song Roberts sang before Levine says to Shelton, “You don’t know 99 percent of the songs anyone sings on this show.”
Clarkson, 36, agrees, “Yeah, that’s not fair!”
“This is not Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?,” Legend says. “We’re not trying to ask trivia questions here.”
Levine claims that if Roberts were a country singer that Shelton would be saying “the exact opposite.”
“He’d be like, ‘I’m just a fan of music, and I’m a fan of you,'” Levine says. “That makes no sense!”
Clarkson then takes her shot at persuading Roberts to be on her team, though she admits she almost didn’t turn her chair around for him for two reasons — but she assures him the reasons have nothing to do with his talent.
“One, males — I don’t know if I wear some kind of repellent, but you’d never pick me on this show,” she says. “Males are like, ‘That’s sweet,’ but you just don’t pick me.”
Legend says, “I feel like you could write a nice country song about it.”
“I could — and I have, by the way, written country songs!” Clarkson responds. “But we all know that you’re probably going to pick Uncle Blake.”
“But here’s the thing,” Clarkson continues. “I want you to think right now about two things. One, strategy — who is going to have all the country singers who you’re going to be up against on this show? ‘Cause half the teams go home, brother, right off the top in the Battle [Rounds]. Two, think beyond what everyone else does on this show and think about Kelly Clarkson.”
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Shelton stands up for himself by first saying, “I’m going to pull myself out from under this bus that the other three have parked on my skull.”
Levine then mimics Shelton’s country accent and says, “I’d hate to see you in the hands of someone who don’t know what they’re talking about.”
“Can you guys please use the Dex-it and let me talk to this man for a second, please?” Shelton says. “Listen man, country artists know who they are and know where they come from and they keep a foot in that place. I’ll be the first to say it, I don’t cross genres, I don’t care to. I’m a country artist.”
“Not only that, hold on, but his rise to prominence had directly to do with his willingness to branch out,” Levine adds. “That’s why he is where he is, not because he stayed in that box. He’s here because he went against the grain, that’s why he’s here.”
Shelton then stands up because, as he puts it, that “clearly commands more attention.”
“Country artists know who they are, they keep one foot in where they came from and they keep their eye on the ball,” Shelton says. “I just happen to know what I love. I’m damn proud that’s what I want to do. If being on a popular television show is me stepping out of the country music box somehow, okay, I’ll give you that one.”
The clips ends as Legend asks Roberts if he has made his “Dex-cision,” which will be revealed on Monday’s episode of The Voice airing at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.