The 21-year-old contestant is wowing America with his cover of a Queen classic
Jordan Smith is getting a lot more than “Somebody to Love.”
The 21-year-old singer performed the Queen classic on NBC’s The Voice on Monday, and soon found himself dethroning Adele from the top spot on iTunes.
“I don’t need to say anything at all because that’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” said his coach Adam Levine, who was fist pumping as Smith belted in front of a large gospel choir.
America agreed with Levine. 30 minutes after the singing competition’s semifinals episode ended, Smith’s version of Queen’s song skyrocketed up the music service’s chart, marking the end of Adele’s five-week reign with her comeback single “Hello.” (You can download Smith’s instant-hit here.)
Smith – a Lee University college student who hails from Harlan, Kentucky – can credit his high-pitched, feminine voice for setting him apart from the pack.
“I get called ma’am on the phone all the time,” the tenor said during his blind audition on the show earlier this year, drawing big laughs.
On that fateful day, his crazy-good rendition of Sia’s “Chandelier” was described by coach Gwen Stefani as the “trippiest turn-around blind audition” and the “freakiest thing I’ve ever experienced in my life.”
“And that’s what makes it super cool,” quipped Pharrell.
“Yeah, you do not look like your voice, FYI,” replied Stefani.
But Smith counts on Levine as the junior performer’s biggest fan in the front row.
“He is super involved as a coach,” Smith recently told PEOPLE of the Maroon 5 frontman. “That’s not an act. He was just talking to us about our next song choices and takes the time to listen through songs and find the right fit for us.”
Smith is already following in Levine’s footsteps on the charts, but it remains to be seen if he’ll walk away as the show’s champion – a title he’s not too concerned about scoring.
“We have grown close,” he told PEOPLE of his fellow contestants. “I’d be thrilled to win myself, but just as thrilled for one of these ladies or anyone on any of the other teams to win. I think this is a great opportunity and everyone here is deserving of it.”
•Reporting by CHRISTINA DUGAN