Monday night during Night 3 of “The Voice” Season 15, country crooner Dave Fenley took on Travis Tritt‘s “Help Me Hold On” and caused two coaches to turn their chairs around: Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson. Dave had trouble choosing between the two coaches, so he went to his mama for help. Since she had a crush on Blake and requested a hug from him, Dave decided to join his team, leaving Kelly in the dust. Watch NBC’s “The Voice” blind audition video above and read the coaches’ comments below.
“Hats off for your song selection,” Blake told his newest country artist. “That’s to me one of [Tritt’s] greatest hits. I’m not done with you yet. I give some really good neck hugs to my contestants’ mothers. This is the team for you, brother. Anybody that crossed all genres, they stuck to what they did best and people found them. People came to Randy Travis. He didn’t want to have a song on the pop charts.”
Kelly took offense to that comment, arguing, “What’s wrong with that? Pop means popular. It’s what’s happening. I’m just sayin’ Dave. I might have won this past season. It was my first time so technically I don’t lose here.” She then put on a crown and demanded to be called “Queen Kelly,” but it wasn’t enough for Dave to ignore his mother’s wishes and pick Blake as his coach.
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “We get right under way this week with the night’s first artist: Dave Fenley, a country artist from Tennessee that grew up in Texas with a love for and surround by music. He auditioned with the Travis Tritt song ‘Help Me Hold On,’ hoping that either Blake or Kelly would turn their chairs for him. With his deep, raspy voice sounding across the stage, Kelly slammed her button early into the song, followed by Blake a bit later as he mimed the song himself throughout. Both Adam and Jennifer loved Dave’s performance, but acknowledged that one of Kelly or Blake was the right coach for him in the competition. Kelly’s pitch to him was that she, too, is soulful and crosses the boundaries of music genres while Blake relied on his knowledge of and experience in the country music industry. Ultimately it seems to have come down to his mom who had asked Dave to pick Blake so that he’d come backstage and give her a hug. And so he did after Dave joined Blake’s team!”