Fans have been buzzing since last week about the possibility of No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani joining The Voice as a mentor next season. While NBC is keeping tight-lipped on the subject, The Voice vet Adam Levine said he’d be very excited if there’s any truth to the rumors.
“I’m a huge fan — she’s a wonderful human being, and I love her to pieces,” Levine said of Stefani. “She’s so talented. She’s just great.”
Fellow coach Blake Shelton chimed in and said that, while he has never actually met Stefani, he’s very aware of who she is. “I know some of [No Doubt’s] music — I’m not too familiar, but I look forward to beating anybody on this show, honestly!”
Both coaches also weighed in on one of the night’s most talked-about moments: When Team Shakira hopeful Kristen Merlin’s microphone malfunctioned mid-song. “It was a bummer moment that happens once out of a million times, but she handled it so well — it was really cool to see how she didn’t crumble,” Levine said of the moment.
“If it had been me, there would have been a moment I think where I would have at least tapped on my microphone, looked around, or something, but she just kept doing the only thing that she was supposed to do,” Shelton said. “We could hardly hear a thing, but from the little bit I could hear, it was enough to know that she’s going for it and she’s not backing down, which I loved.”
Later on in the night, we caught up with Merlin herself, who said that while it was happening, she thought it was a tiny glitch in her in-ear monitors. “It wasn’t until after I took my in-ears out that I realized it was my microphone and no one was hearing anything,” she said. “I just kept going hoping it was a minor glitch, but even so, for me, it was still the best time of my life. I got the opportunity to be in the top 12, on this stage — there’s nothing better than that!”
After Monday night’s live show, we also caught up with Team Adam’s Delvin Choice, who really got the fans going when he singled out one lucky audience member to kiss on the hand during his performance of The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody.” “It was literally one of those things where I thought to myself, ‘Where in this song is it a big moment and how can I translate that not only through singing, but also through action?’ What better way to show somebody what this song means than by reaching out for a young lady’s hand and giving her a sweet little kiss?” Choice also said the act was completely spontaneous. “I just kissed her hand on a whim; I wasn’t supposed to, but I thought, why not?”
Finally, we caught up with Team Usher’s Bria Kelly who had the daunting task of opening the first live show of the season. Despite being nervous knowing she would be first to perform, Kelly said the nerves faded once she hit the stage and the music started playing. That being said, there is one thing Kelly wanted to clear up on the subject of her performance of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”: “I’m seeing a lot of people commenting online asking if the guitar was just a prop. … I was basically told not to play my guitar for most of the song — not until it really hit hard,” Kelly explained. “We’re supposed to be emotionally connected to our songs, and if I had been playing the guitar at the beginning, I think it would have fallen flat.”
Tune in to The Voice on NBC at 8 p.m. Tuesday night to see which contestants make it on to the next round.