The Voice has released a few teasers from the Season 8 premiere Monday, but many fans are already declaring a favorite in the form of a 15-year-old blues and folk singer who turned three coaches chairs in the first 10 seconds of his audition. And, yes, he got the fourth Voice coach, as well.
Sawyer Fredericks may not be a household name just yet, but he’s about to be. Sawyer’s bluesy rendition of the American folk classic “I’m a Man of Constant Sorrow” launched The Voice coaches into a heated competition to win the singer to their team, particularly Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera. Levine went as far as promising him he’d be his last man standing on The Voice.
“I promise you you aren’t going anywhere until you’re the last person standing in the competition. When you’re making your decision, act with your heart, go with your passion and go with the person that wants to propel you all the way to the finish line. I’m done.”
Blake Shelton, the lone coach to hold out past the first 10 seconds, told Levine, “You can’t say that! Illegal motion!” during Adam’s plea. But Christina Aguilera made a rather interesting promise of her own, literally begging Sawyer to come to her team on The Voice.
“Sawyer, you have to pick me. We have to be friends. We have to be buddies. We have to be roommates. We have to do this together!”
As much as Shelton wanted Sawyer Fredericks to be on his team, he applauded Aguilera’s roommate offer.
“Here, here; that’s good stuff right there,” said Shelton, who along with Levine has been a coach on every season of The Voice.
While Levine, Aguilera, and Shelton engaged in their usual entertaining fights to win over a Voice contestant, Pharrell Williams took a different tactic, taking the high road, if you will.
“As soon as you started singing, it actually took me to another time. This is your destiny, and it’s honestly about you and what you want to do. I would love to have you on my team, but I’m so proud to be a part of this show, because even if you don’t end up on my team, I get to watch this amazing thing happen.”
Could Pharrell be any classier? Rhetorical question.
If you don’t believe the coaches, check out Sawyer Fredericks audition for The Voice in the video clip and find out what coach he picks Monday night on The Voice on NBC.
[Photo courtesy of Sawyer Fredericks’ Official Facebook]