The coach adds a powerful vocalist who performed one of Miranda Lambert's favorite songs
Miranda Lambert apparently has some serious competition.
The Voice coach Blake Shelton – who also happens to be Lambert’s husband – scored a big win Tuesday night when he added Philadelphia singer Audra McLaughlin to his team after she performed “Angel from Montgomery” so powerfully Shelton said it rivaled his wife’s version of the song.
“Audra is absolutely amazing,” a triumphant Shelton said after McLaughlin decided to join Team Blake. “That’s one of Miranda’s all-time favorite songs. She took it to a place that Miranda doesn’t take it.”
Levine failed to add any singers to his team on Tuesday, but fought hard for McLaughlin, pushing his button after she sang just a few bars and giving her a standing ovation at the end of the performance.
“I was first to turn by a long shot,” Levine told McLaughlin as he tried to woo her. “Then when I turned around I was even more overjoyed because you’re beautiful.”
Shakira called her “the one we’ve been waiting for,” but it was Blake who gave her the most memorable pitch of the evening.
“When you hit the last note, you know those fireworks that go off and spell stuff? It said ‘Team Blake,’ then trickled down behind you and you looked angelic.” (Who could resist that?)
Yet McLaughlin wasn’t the only contestant showered with praise Tuesday evening. The night kicked off with Nashville singer Megan Rüger, 26, a punkish rocker who delivered a strong version of Pink‘s “Just Like a Pill” that prompted both Shelton and Usher to hit their buttons in the final moments of the song.
Usher praised her controlled run, but Shelton snagged her when Rüger asked who liked ’80s rock and Shelton – but not Usher – raised his hand.
The country star also picked up Lexi Luca, a 17-year-old high school student who performed “Wasting All These Tears,” a song by season three winner – and Team Blake alum – Cassadee Pope.
Emily B., a 33-year-old session singer whose voice can be heard off-camera in films including Pitch Perfect and The Muppets, turned all but Levine’s chair with her unique version of “Wicked Game.”
An eager-looking Shakira hit her button first and praised her “intelligent decision to change the arrangement,” while Shelton praised her falsetto and Usher complimented her individuality and ability to make it her moment.
In the end, Emily chose girl power and picked Shakira, who strutted in victory. The Colombian native also picked up a single mom who calls herself Music Box, who sang “You Gotta Be.”
Earlier, Shakira lost a battle with Usher over raspy-voiced Morgan Wallen, 20, a Knoxville landscaper who was once offered a recording contract at age 8, and impressed the coaches with his gritty version of “Collide.”
Usher also picked up Texan Stevie Jo, 19, who boldly chose to sing the R&B star’s “There Goes My Baby,” and surprised the coaches with his appearance when the song ended.
“He sounds like Usher and looks like Blake,” Levine declared.
The Voice‘s blind auditions continue Tuesday (8 p.m. ET) on NBC.