It’s very important for the network to pick the right coaches to join The Voice. This is because they have to be entertaining but also serious about giving contestants proper advice and feedback. They also have to make great music, because chances are we’ll hear a lot of it on the show.
Many contestants try to impress the coaches by performing their songs. This is a risky move because they don’t know how protective the artist is over their music. But when it’s done right, they might get the attention of the person they want to be their coach. So when did people bravely sing a coach’s song despite the risk? Here are 11 times contestants covered a coach’s song on The Voice.
1. Brian Nhira sings Pharrell’s ‘Happy’
The fun song was basically everywhere after it was released, so choosing it to sing on The Voice was a risky thing to do. The Despicable Me 2 song could have easily come across as karaoke, but you can truly notice Brian Nhira’s talent as he sings. The audition song worked, and Pharrell ended up turning his chair.
I chose ‘Happy’ as my audition song [after] I saw an interview with Oprah [Winfrey] and Pharrell. It was after ‘Happy’ had been out for a little while and it was obviously just a smash hit. People loved it, people all over the world were just singing the song. Oprah actually showed Pharrell a video of people singing ‘Happy’ all over the world in different languages, different cultures, and Pharrell began to weep uncontrollably.
That touching moment really stayed with Nhira. “I wanted to do a song that was bigger than me and so that’s why I chose ‘Happy.’ And also, you can’t help but smile whenever you listen to ‘Happy.’ And so I was hoping I could make the judges smile.”