From zero to four chairs in the span of one season of “The Voice” was an unprecedented feat until James Irwin returned on Tuesday (Oct. 1) night’s episode to light the stage on fire.
Irwin first auditioned in Season 4, when his timid performance failed to earn him the interest of any coach, though coach Shakira reminded the forlorn singer that life was full of second and third chances, encouraging him to return to the show to give it another go. And boy did he.
Returning to try his luck again, Irwin took the stage a more self-assured and seasoned performer. His performance of REM’s “Losing My Religion” showed an artistic vision that was largely absent the first time around. Very quickly, returning coaches Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green hit their buttons, though mainstays Adam Levine and Blake Shelton weren’t far behind.
Once the performance was over, Shelton nearly squealed with delight over a familiar face coming back and making it work. “I don’t think anyone has come back after not making it and had all four chairs turn around,” Levine added. All four coaches put up a good fight, desperate to have the redeemed performer on their team.
In the end, though, it came down to one thing: “You guys all make it very hard to choose. I think I’m gonna have to go with my gut on this. I’m a rocker at heart, so I’m gonna have to go with Adam.”
Do you think Irwin and Levine make a dream team?