It’s always a good day when Stevie Wonder is playing. Or a good night, as was the case Tuesday on NBC’s The Voice.
The battles round is in full flight. For the latest episode, Team Legend’s John Holiday took on Julia Cooper with a breezy face off to Wonder’s “Summer Soft”.
When Holiday, the countertenor with astonishing range, and Cooper, an Ohio native with a special voice of her own, completed their performance, it was set to the calls of “wow” and “oh my gosh” from the coaching panel.
“Both of you guys have such unusual voices,” Gwen Stefani enthused. “Julia, you have such a cool swaggy vibe up there and so much soul in you that you wouldn’t expect.” When she turned to Cooper, she said, “I have no words for you. I don’t even understand how you’re real,” meant in the best possible way.
Kelly Clarkson loved Cooper’s control. Blake Shelton praised the strength of her voice. But Holiday, he explained, “you’re a force on this show. You have a gift.”
John Legend had a tough call to make. “Both of you knocked it out of the park,” he insisted. But Holiday was “otherworldly.” And he got the nod.
It didn’t end there. Cooper was just too good to let go. She got the save. Watch it all unfold below.