Tuesday night on “The Voice,” 36-year-old church singer Ricky Braddy took on Brandi Carlile‘s “The Story” and caused three coaches to turn their chairs around: Blake Shelton, John Legend and Gwen Stefani. The fourth coach, Kelly Clarkson, remained seated and explained she was being more “picky” as the blind auditions neared their conclusion. After the three coaches made their pitches to Ricky, the recently out singer decided to join Team Blake. Did he make the right choice? Watch “The Voice” blind audition video above.
Blake proclaimed that while he was listening to the big notes in Ricky’s performance he thought, “Wow.” The country superstar then threw his rock star girlfriend under the bus when he stated, “I think we should give Gwen the opportunity to keep looking for more artists, you know? She’s only got one spot left. She’s not that sold on you, so let’s just let her keep shopping around. Please Ricky!”
“There was a lot of things that I liked about Ricky,” Blake later said backstage. “He’s got a ton of personality in his voice. He’s got a ton of range, a ton of power, and this guy’s gonna go deep into the competition, I think.”
John wasn’t too happy that he lost Ricky to Blake’s team, sighing, “I lost my mojo.” Last year’s winning coach then added, “I love Ricky. I thought I had him, you know? I don’t know why he went with Blake.”
In his “The Voice” live bog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about the performance: “The second artist on the stage tonight is Ricky Braddy, a 36-year old singer who grew up singing gospel, but has changed course after coming out as a gay man. Tonight he’s singing ‘The Story’ by Brandi Carlile and he’s got a powerful voice, sounding a bit Broadway to me. As he kicks things into high gear Blake and John turn their chairs quickly followed by Gwen. Despite loving the song choice, Kelly holds back. John loves the gospel flares in Ricky’s voice while Gwen enjoys his theatrical delivery. Blake has resorted to simply begging Ricky to join his team at this point. Ricky thinks it over and makes Blake’s day by joining his team! John is crushed and can’t believe he lost that one.”