Holly Forbes & Blake Shelton; Photo Courtesy of The Voice/NBC
Holly Forbes & Blake Shelton; Photo Courtesy of The Voice/NBC

Blake Shelton Praises Holly Forbes’ Stunning Cover of Garth Brooks’ “The Dance” On ‘The Voice’

Holly Forbes closed out NBC’s The Voice on Monday evening (Nov. 15) with a beautiful tribute to her stepmom.

The Kentucky native and pop singer commanded the attention of the coaches and viewers across America with her memorizing rendition of Garth Brooks’ chart-topping hit, “The Dance.” 

Ahead of her performance, Forbes shared that she would be singing the Brooks’ hit as a tribute to her stepmom, who used to listen to the tune with her as she grew up.

“I’m singing ‘The Dance’ by Garth Brooks, and I’m dedicating it to my stepmom. We would listen to it all the time and I went through a lot as a kid, and she was always there. She’s raised me since I was like 2-years-old. She’s just always been there for me, you know? She’s always been willing to help with whatever I’ve needed. She’s just always been a shining example of what a Mother should be.”

Ariana Grande gushed over her song choice as she thought it would showcase another side of the contestant. 

“I think it’s an exciting song choice because it showcases a slightly softer side of her,” the 31-year-old singer said of Forbes song choice. “She always has these huge powerhouse ballads that she can handle like a pro, but I think this takes her to a nice new place in a certain way.”

“I love this song, I like how you’re singing it,” Grande added.

Donning a pink jacket over a gorgeous dress that sparkled as Forbes worked the stage, the 31-year-old Kentucky native sang her heart out to the country hit. 

Following her stunning performance of “The Dance,” coach Grande and country superstar Blake Shelton praised her rendition of the popular Brooks’ hit. 

“Well, you know, I think that with Garth being a close, personal friend of mine. That song changed Garth Brooks’ life and then Garth went on to change country music,” Shelton said. “And it speaks to the power of that song, and I loved your performance of that song because you kept it simple, and you poured your heart into it and let the words speak for themselves. And my God, great job Holly!”

“Adding on to Blake, I would say what a special rendition of that song but also there are so many incredible singers in this show at this stage in the game and I just have to say that what you do every single time is just so in your own league,” Grande added. “In your own world, and you’re just so incredibly beautiful in your own thing, every single time. You’re in your own lane I think, and you’re incredible.”

Holly Forbes; Photo Courtesy of The Voice/NBC
Holly Forbes; Photo Courtesy of The Voice/NBC

Last week, upon finding out the news of making the Top 13, she shared a touching post to Facebook, letting her hometown know that she hopes to make them proud.

“I am speechless. You guys did this!” she posted on Facebook. “I never imagined I’d get voted in by America to the Top 13 on ‘The Voice.’ Thank you guys for believing in me and I hope to make my hometown proud!”

The Voice returns to NBC on Tuesday (Nov. 16), where they will reveal the Top 11.

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