Meghan Linsey Leaves Coaches Spinning During ‘The Voice’ Audition
All four coaches on 'The Voice' were impressed with former Steel Magnolia singer Meghan Linsey's rendition of "Love Hurts" on Monday night (Feb. 23). Unfortunately, Blake Shelton didn't realize he loved her until it was too late.
Shelton was the only coach to not hit his red button, and when he finally spun around at the song's conclusion, he was shocked to see his former touring partner onstage, wondering why he left her hanging.
"Really, Blake?" Lindsey deadpans in the clip.
"Meg and I sang on stage together" Shelton explains, referring to his 2011 tour, when Steel Magnolia opened for him. "She's one of the best singers I've heard in my life."
Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera did turn around, all at once about 90 seconds into the smokey singer's audition. Linsey was dressed in a multi-colored romper as she performed the Nazareth hit from 1975. That she didn't choose a pure country song could be telling.
“I’m definitely riding that line and thinking I may get out of the country thing a little bit,” she told Taste of Country in December. Her audition on 'The Voice' may have been her second step in that direction, the first being her genre-bending Meghan Linsey EP, released in 2014. Rapper Bubba Sparxxx appears on one song. Her cover of OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" gained airplay on SiriusXM.
The above clip cuts right to Linsey being forced to choose between the three judges that did spin for her. In the end, she chose Williams, leaving a disappointed Aguilera and Levine. Shelton said he didn't regret not turning around for her because had she not chosen him, he would have been really upset. His praise, along with the other coaches' enthusiasm for her style, should make her a singer to watch closely this season.
In a sense, Linsey's career has come full-circle. She and her Steel Magnolia partner/fiancé Joshua Scott Jones got their start after winning Season 2 of CMT's Can You Duet in 2009. Together they released four singles, including the Top 5 hit "Keep on Loving You."
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