Blake Shelton chooses pop singer Manny Keith


As we approach the final round of blind auditions for Season 21 on The voice On Monday (October 4), it seemed clear that trainer Blake Shelton was on the hunt for a pop artist. And, he found that in Ariana Grande’s superfan, Manny Keith.

Keith impressed Shelton with a cover of “Break My Heart” by Dua Lipa, which he dedicated to his late mother, who died of cancer in 2017.

The Miami resident put a male voice on the song which is usually sung by a female artist, making the melody his own. He’s barely finished the first verse before a smiling Shelton quickly turns his chair and continues to nod in the direction of the performance.

Afterward, Shelton was apparently surprised that her fellow coaches didn’t turn their chairs for Keith, especially Grande, who made it known that she was digging the performance while facing the Season 21 hopeful.

John Legend and Kelly Clarkson didn’t look back for Keith either, but Legend insisted he was impressed with the contestant’s vocal performance, calling his voice “inviting” and “welcoming.”

“I am so excited that you are sure The voiceLegend exclaimed before Shelton’s comments.

“You looked amazing and I hope I get the chance to steal from you at some point,” Grande also noted.

“Ariana looked at me and she said, ‘He’s really good, and at that point I was like,’ Go on, ‘” Shelton said, addressing Keith. “J pressed my button and think I scared him. I think she was intimidated.

“Anyway, I think you are an amazing singer. I think you might have been in John Legend’s closet picking out his shirts, jackets and stuff, “he joked before pointing out Keith’s boots,” But [you do] put on the cowboy boots! Either way, you’re stuck with the loser and eight-time champion The voice. Welcome to the Blake team!

As it stands, Shelton only has two spots available before crowning his squad of twelve. While not all of his members are country artists, Shelton attributes having artists of different styles on his team to his growth as a coach.

The voice Airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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