Says RaeLynn Will Be 'Fine,' Hints That Wife Miranda Lambert Will 'Probably Make a Record With Her'
For the second night in a row, Blake Shelton felt a ridiculous amount of pressure to make a split-second decision that would affect the lives of his singers. He hemmed and hawed and made a call that the audience inside the Burbank soundstage loudly supported.
"It pisses me off," Shelton said after Tuesday's elimination round of "The Voice." "It was down to the wire and I hadn't had time to process what's in front of me. I had pressure on me."
Tuesday's show - which included a visit from Justin Bieber and a performance by the Wanted -- saw the teams of Christina Aguilera and Shelton get cut down to two each. America selected the popera singer Chris Mann for Aguilera while the singer opted for contemporary pop singer Lindsey Pavao. Ashley De La Rosa, who turned 18 the day before, was sent home after singing Lady Gaga's "You and I."
Shelton and Adam Levine leaned toward De La Rosa staying, but Aguilera opted to continue with a singer Shelton said had a "mysterious" quality that was attractive. To move forward, Pavao sang a haunting rendition of Mike Posner's "Please Don't Go."
Shelton had a tougher call. America placed career backup singer Jermaine Paul into his final two, pitting Erin Willett with the Ike & Tina version of John Fogerty's "Proud Mary" and RaeLynn with the Band Perry's "If I Die Young" in the sing-off.
"I actually went in thinking if they both do good, I'll go with RaeLynn because she's a country artist and I feel I can affect change there," Shelton said on the post-show red carpet. "But I just don't feel like she did a very good performance and that wouldn't be fair to Erin. I wouldn't feel good if I picked her just because she's a country artist."
RaeLynn, for anyone who has not seen her, is a teenager who spent the competition singing hard-charging hard rock-influenced country. Shelton has no worries about her getting to the next level in her singing career.
"She'll be fine -- my wife (Miranda Lambert) is in love with her and she'll probably make a record with her, take her on tour and everything else," Shelton said.
Next week Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine go through the same process next week, booting one singer on Monday and another on Tuesday.