The Voice: Blake Shelton declares himself 'king' of show wearing royal cape and crown

The Voice: Blake Shelton declares himself 'king' of show wearing royal cape and crown

Blake Shelton pulled out all the stops to score talent for his team on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice.




As the blind auditions continued, the 44-year-old country singer entered the coach’s room in a king’s cape and crown.


His fellow coaches laughed at his attire, and Blake said, ‘This isn’t a joke, this is my job! I’m the king of The Voice. I think it’s time, after 19 seasons, that I just own it.’


Show king: Blake Shelton pulled out all the stops to score talent for his team on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice



Blake, a seven-time winner on the show, alternately flattered contestants, showed off his knowledge of their home states, and blocked the competition.


He had a special connection with Taryn Papa, 30, the first singer of the night, who had lately been performing at his bar Ole Red in Nashville.


Her cover of Martina McBride’s Anyway got Blake, Kelly Clarkson, 51, and Gwen Stefani, 38, to turn their chairs, but Blake immediately blocked Kelly.


He then nabbed Taryn for his team, saying, ‘It seems like there’s a lane wide open for a girl with a voice like yours.’


Record holder: The 44-year-old country singer has won The Voice a record seven times



Cute couple: Gwen Stefani got a kick out of Blake calling himself king as Kelly Clarkson and John Legend looked on



Special connection: Blake had a special connection with Taryn Papa, 30, the first singer of the night, who had lately been performing at his bar Ole Red in Nashville



Virtual audience: Season 19 of The Voice was being filmed without an audience due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic



Madeline Consoer, 24, from Eagle River, Wisconsin, sang on Nashville’s Broadway strip like Taryn, having dropped out of college in her last three months to do so.


Her version of Maren Morris’ Girl landed her on Team Kelly after the coach blocked Blake to get her, though he wouldn’t give Kelly the satisfaction of acknowledging it.


‘Why do you guys fight so dirty?’ Gwen asked Blake backstage.


 


Nashville singer: Madeline Consoer, 24, from Eagle River, Wisconsin, sang on Nashville’s Broadway strip like Taryn, having dropped out of college in her last three months to do so



‘If she’s gonna take Adam Levine’s place, I feel like it gives me the liberty to really go for the throat,’ Blake replied, pointing out that Kelly sat in Adam’s chair.


Kelly said she liked to mess with Blake because she knew he could take it, adding that no one would dare mess with Gwen, who was ‘too sweet.’


Liam St. John, a 29-year-old singer from Spokane, Washington, said he had recently released his first album after successful career as a track-and-field athlete.


Washington singer: Liam St. John, a 29-year-old singer from Spokane, Washington, said he had recently released his first album after successful career as a track-and-field athlete



The coaches dug his cover of Marcy Playground’s Sex and Candy, with Blake and Gwen turning their chairs and squabbling gently over who’d get him.


Blake informed Gwen that Liam’s city was pronounced ‘Spo-kan,’ not ‘Spo-kane,’ trying to make a geographical connection with the artist.


Gwen won him anyway. ‘Blake thinks he’s the king, but we all know I’m the queen,’ she said.


Aaron Scott, a 36-year-old middle school teacher from Tomah, Wisconsin, had been gigging with his own rock band for six years as a way to deal with his diagnosed depression.


Rock star: Aaron Scott, a 36-year-old middle school teacher from Tomah, Wisconsin, had been gigging with his own rock band for six years as a way to deal with his diagnosed depression



His cover of Fuel’s Hemorrhage (In My Hands) got Blake and John Legend, 43, to turn, and both of them did hilarious imitations of the singer’s gravelly voice.


Blake asked Aaron if he knew of any of the country festivals held in Wisconsin, to which Aaron said he was impressed by Blake’s knowledge of the state.


‘This guy’s a geography whiz,’ John cracked.


Good one: ‘This guy’s a geography whiz,’ John cracked as Blake shared his knowledge of Wisconsin



‘They also make cheese up there,’ Blake added, before Aaron picked him. ‘I don’t know if you guys know.’


Cami Clune, a 20-year-old singer from Buffalo, New York, said she’d been saved by music after discovering five years ago that she had Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder.


She’d barely gotten through two lines of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love when Kelly, Gwen and John turned their chairs for her.





Team mask: Kelly was offering members of her team a custom Team Kelly face mask



Blake turned moments later but was blocked by Kelly, who joined the other coaches in giving Cami a standing ovation.


‘That performance was mesmerizing,’ John told her. ‘No one else is sounding like you on The Voice so far this season, and I would like to help you navigate all the way to the finale.’


Blake, who called himself ‘Blocked Shelton,’ warned Cami not to take someone ‘evil’ like Kelly.


Tissue disorder: Cami Clune, a 20-year-old singer from Buffalo, New York, said she’d been saved by music after discovering five years ago that she had Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder



Ryan Gallagher, a 31-year-old musician from Ada, Michigan, then had Kelly drooling with his Italian rendition of Celine Dion’s The Prayer, to which she sang along.


‘I. Love. You,’ she cried when he finished, then saw that Blake had turned his chair, too, and yelled, ‘Nooo! Tell me right now what song he was singing.’


‘Puttin’ on the Ritz, by Taco!’ Blake joked.


Opera singer: Ryan Gallagher, a 31-year-old musician from Ada, Michigan, then had Kelly drooling with his Italian rendition of Celine Dion’s The Prayer, to which she sang along



‘Literally from the strings at the beginning of the song, I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is gonna be so good,’ Kelly said, crouching on her chair like an obsessed fan.


‘No one in this competition can touch you,’ she told Ryan, who subsequently joined her team.

Chloé Hogan, a 20-year-old singer from Orlando, Florida, turned out a jazzy cover of Jackie DeShannon’s What The World Needs Now Is Love that got her on Gwen’s team.


Jazzy cover: Chloé Hogan, a 20-year-old singer from Orlando, Florida, turned out a jazzy cover of Jackie DeShannon’s What The World Needs Now Is Love



The last performer of the night was Sid Kingsley, a 37-year-old musician from Richmond, Virginia, who’d taken a 74-hour train ride to Los Angeles to try out for the show.


His sonorous version of Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right got John, Gwen and Blake to turn around, though Kelly said she was waiting for him to take it ‘to another level.’


‘I heard power, I heard soul, and clarity, too,’ insisted John, who Sid chose for his coach.


Last up: The last performer of the night was Sid Kingsley, a 37-year-old musician from Richmond, Virginia, who’d taken a 74-hour train ride to Los Angeles to try out for the show



Sid said his mother had wanted him to pick Blake, and the show’s producers pulled her up onscreen, where she happily waved hello to him.


‘Sorry, Mom!’ Blake yelled. ‘I would disown him!’


The contestants that didn’t make the show included Faye Moffett, 35, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who’d once sung for civil rights legend Rosa Parks; Kiari Mhoon, 26, an Army sergeant from Fayetteville, North Carolina; and Parede Valente-Johnson, 28, a rocker from Eugene, Oregon.


The Voice returns next week on NBC.


Tough choice: Sid said his mother wanted him to pick Blake, and the show’s producers pulled her up onscreen, where she happily waved hello to the country star, but her son picked John