Monday night during the Season 15 premiere of NBC’s “The Voice,” 17-year-old singer Mercedes Ferreira-Dias returned and performed Sara Bareilles‘ “She Used to Be Mine” after previously auditioning last year. Both Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson turned their chairs around this time around, and Mercedes looked like she was going to choose Kelly as her coach — that is, until she remembered that her mother had a crush on Blake. Watch “The Voice” blind audition video above and read Blake’s comments below.
“You know what? I gotta say, your voice is so personal,” Blake explained just before Mercedes made the big decision to join his team. “I hear your heart and that’s so rare. I gravitate toward artists like that. That’s who I want to work with — hell, after the show, because you’re unique. Look at me, I’m very unique.”
As if Mercedes’ mother’s crush wasn’t enough, both Adam Levine and Jennifer Hudson also thought that she should join Team Blake. Kelly fought as hard as she could, telling Mercedes that she had a “beautiful, angelic” style to the way she sings and that “there’s like a little bit of sadness in your voice too that’s so broken.” Something tells us that if Blake decides to eliminate Mercedes further down the line, Kelly will be right there to scoop her up for her team.
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “Up next was 17 year old Mercedes Ferreira-Dias, back after she failed to make it out of the blinds last season. Tonight she returned with ‘She Used to Be Mine’ by Sara Bareilles, transfixing all of the coaches with a confident and deep texture to her voice. In the last moments of the song both Blake and Kelly hit their buttons, immediately recognizing her as a comeback artist. Blake told Mercedes that her voice is ‘personal’ and he can tell she sings from the heart whereas Kelly noticed a ‘broken’ aspect in her voice that makes her sound sad (but beautiful). I’d say those are high compliments from both potential coaches, but it was mama’s advice (from off-stage) that nudged her to ultimately join Team Blake!”