Victor Soloman’s performance of Common and John Legend’s single “Glory” was so impressive on Monday, March 1, that it earned him a three chair turn and praise from all of the coaches during The Voice premiere.
For his audition, Solomon sang Common and John Legend’s Oscar-winning track, “Glory,” which appeared in the 2014 film, Selma. His performance of the track was so impressive that it earned him a three chair turn and praise from Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas and John Legend himself.
“Did you say you’re 22? but you have like this old man voice, man I got to say Victor, which is a perfect name for you by the way, if you choose me as your coach, you know what I’m saying,” Shelton added.
“When he [John Legend] turned around, I was like I don’t have a chance here,” Clarkson said. “Cause the weight of the song and the film it was attached too, it’s a whole connection that I’m not going to be able to fight.”
Legend told the 22-year-old Illinois native that he has “literally zero times turned for someone singing my song, because I scrutinize it more heavily than I normally would. But I was like I don’t need to do that. I was like he’s doing some things I haven’t done that are better than what I would do with this song.”
Clarkson commented saying “there was a lot of times that I was like, is this John singing?” which prompted a shocking response from Legend, “He was better than me!”
Soloman then revealed to Legend that he actually grew up singing a lot of his songs, including when he won the eighth grade talent show by singing Legend’s “Ordinary People.” Legend then joined Soloman to sing the chorus of that track together, in which their voices blended so flawlessly.
The contestant chose John Legend as his coach.
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