Dave Crosby, the man behind the viral father-daughter duet of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” wowed the judges on the Season 13 premiere of The Voice. Crosby managed to turn around three of the four chairs with his performance of “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie, and left newcomer Jennifer Hudson bitter when she realized the mistake she made.
This time performing without his adorable four-year-old daughter Claire Ryann, Crosby’s raspy vocals forced judge Adam Levine to break his poker face and exclaim “Wow!” before the performance was over, cueing Miley Cyrus and Blake Shelton to press the button and get in on the action.
The judges weren’t quick to catch on to who Crosby was, but once he mentioned his daughter his cover was blown. “I’d kind of given up on music about four years ago, when I held my little daughter for the first time, and she turned out to be just an incredible little singer for a four-year-old and she made a couple of viral videos,” Crosby explained, causing Levine to immediately recognize Crosby and his daughter from their cover of Randy Newman’s “You Got a Friend in Me.”
Hudson immediately asked if his daughter was backstage, and much to the judges’ delight Claire Ryann joined her dad onstage to sing the very cover that brought them over 16 million views on YouTube. Levine gushed once again over the father-daughter duo, and Shelton was quick to jump on the opportunity for a joke, claiming responsibility for sending Levine the video in the first place.
With Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Miley Cyrus on board, who did Crosby ultimately choose? Watch the entire audition and find out below.