John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice all achieved EGOT status at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday for producing Jesus Christ Superstar Live.
“The Voice” is back.
The singing competition returned for Season 16 Monday with new judge John Legend, who hopes to give back-to-back champion Kelly Clarkson some competition with his soothing vocals and irresistible charm.
“I am so excited to be a coach and I’m not just coming in here to show up, I’m coming here to win,” Legend said. “I’m going to give them a reason to worry.”
However, Legend didn’t receive the warm welcome he expected. His first chair-turn on the show was met with a swift block from fellow judge Blake Shelton, who made it clear he’s not playing fair.
“It’s my first day and I couldn’t believe Blake blocked me. … Blake we’re just getting to know each other. Can I trust you?” Legend asked, while Adam Levine added: “He’s the new guy; he’s getting hazed.”
But Legend had better luck his next chance, which happened to be a four-chair. Singer Maelyn Jarmon, 25, who is deaf in one ear, wowed all the judges with her powerful rendition of Sting’s “Fields of Gold.”
“It showed your skill. It showed your mastery of your instrument, but it also showed that you have magic, too,” Legend exclaimed. Clarkson helped his case, yelling to Jarmon: “John Legend just said that you have magic, c’mon.”
Jarmon ultimately chose Legend as her coach “because he’s an EGOT.” “You’re my first team member. … First four-chair-turn of the season and I won,” the “All of Me” singer said.
Legend is hoping Jarmon will help add to his distinguished collection of accolades, which includes Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards: “I want great singers that make me feel emotion. I want to be moved by them because ‘The Voice’ trophy … I want to add that to my mantel.”
The four-chair-turns didn’t end there.
Matthew Johnson, 25, who said people call him “Mr. Personality,” tapped into his church roots with Kirk Franklin’s gospel song “I Smile.” All four judges were impressed. Levine even threw his shoe “in honor of Jennifer Hudson.”
“His voice came out of his mouth hole, grabbed my hand and slapped my button,” Shelton joked, while Levine added, “everyone in this room felt what you just did.”
In the end, Johnson went with Legend as his coach. “Team Legend is here to win, so all the other coaches need to beware,” Legend proclaimed after snagging his second four-chair-turn of the night.
Clarkson heard his warning loud and clear: “I’ve never been more terrified to be on this show with another coach than John Legend. … He’s the threat.”
Blind auditions continue Feb. 26 on NBC (8 EST/PST).
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