Monday night during Night 7 of “The Voice,” Virginia resident Matt Johnson delivered the final blind audition of Season 15. He took on Luther Vandross‘s “Never Too Much” and impressed Jennifer Hudson so much that she pressed her button. Since Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton had already filled up their teams, Jennifer was Matt’s one and only hope and she delivered big time. Watch NBC’s “The Voice” blind audition video above and read the coaches’ comments below.
“I’ve been auditioning for this show since Season 1,” Matt proclaimed through tears after Jennifer turned her chair around. When Adam heard that, he joked, “Wait, so that means you’ve been on this show about as long as Blake and I have. You should get an honorary chair.”
As for why she pushed her button, Jennifer revealed, “It’s so refreshing to hear somebody sing such a legend, an icon like a Luther Vandross. Welcome to Team JHud!” When Matt brought his mother out on stage who’s battling cancer, Jennifer joined them and held both of their hands. “He’s finally made it,” Jennifer beamed later on. “I am so, so, so excited about my team. Like, everybody might want to look out.”
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “Matt Johnson from Virginia was the final artist to vie for Jennifer’s attention with his take ‘Never Too Much’ by Luther Vandross. The audition was the culmination of Matt’s many years trying out for the show and all the hard work paid off with Jennifer offering up her last spot to him! In accepting him to her team Jennifer said it was good to hear a contemporary artist singing a legend and she appreciates his hunger and passion for the show.”