It’s fairly rare for a contestant on “The Voice” to challenge the coaches — usually, the coaches do a fine job of in-fighting amongst each other. But when 33-year-old Jermaine Paul, a former backup singer for Alicia Keys, took the stage, he did just that.
He was discovered by Keys when he serenaded her at a nightclub, and she soon hired him to tour with her. “I’ve been able to open up for her all around the world, but ‘The Voice’ is my opportunity to … be Jermaine Paul,” he said, accompanied by his wife and daughter, who told him about the show.
“I feel like it’s my time. This is a complete faith leap. This is me
walking away from a situation that most people wouldn’t walk away from,” he said. (Still, we think Keys would probably take him back — she sent a very supportive video message via Carson Daly.)
In an interesting choice, Paul sang “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne, turning it into a bit of a rock anthem. Cee-Lo and Blake Shelton turned their chairs around. “With my back turned, I could hear the swag,” Cee-Lo says.
Instead of just choosing an artist to work with, Paul said that he didn’t just want to hear that they wanted him – but that they needed him on their team and that they’d keep him around. Cee-Lo was willing to say that Paul was needed — but neither artist would make any promises of keeping him on their teams.
Ultimately, Paul chose to join Team Blake.
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