Zach Bridges, a 28-year-old X-ray technician from Mississippi, is a lifelong superfan of Blake Shelton who performed his classic song “Ol’ Red” during Monday’s episode of “The Voice.” Even though lovebirds Gwen Stefani and Blake both turned their chairs around, Zach had an easy decision to make, particularly after his mentor gave an emotional pitch that rival coach John Legend said “melted [his] heart.” Watch “The Voice” blind audition video above.
“I never would have dreamed how important that song would have been in my life,” Blake revealed about “Ol’ Red,” which was released in March 2002 as part of his debut album. “I moved to Nashville when I was 17. The only thing I knew in the world was that I wanted to be a country singer. I just graduated high school and two weeks later I was sitting in Nashville.”
Because of a house painting job, teenage Blake luckily fell into the right crowd and “within no time I had found what would go on to be possibly my signature song.” He concluded by telling Zach, “And now, here all these years later, that’s the song that you chose to sing and that song is timeless. You do a great job of it man.”
The other coaches were surprised by Blake’s forthcoming attitude, with Kelly Clarkson shouting, “That was really sweet!” John even chimed in, “That story melted my heart. Blake lies a lot on this show and it’s like, Blake is actually human, he’s like a decent person sometimes.”
In his “The Voice” live bog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “For his audition, Zach Bridges chose the Blake song ‘Ol’ Red,’ one of the first songs he learned to play on the guitar. Early in the song Blake mouthed to the other coaches ‘he’s good,’ but still held out hitting his own button long enough to hear the first chorus. Indeed Blake was the first to turn, but was joined by Gwen for a couples showdown. She made the pitch that genre doesn’t matter and said she’d ‘go on the internet and search for country songs.’ That was a pretty bad pitch on its own, but after Blake gave a heartfelt pitch of his own about how much that song means to him it was an easy choice for Zach to go with Blake.”