“The Voice” Season 11 coach Blake Shelton got a little help from girlfriend Gwen Stefani on Tuesday’s episode of the hit NBC singing competition.
In the second half of “The Voice” Season 11 double premiere, contestant Ethan Tucker sang his unique version of “Roxanne” by The Police, which had Adam Levine turning his chair. For a second, it looked like Tucker was definitely joining Team Adam since he was the only coach who had turned around. However, at the last second, Shelton also pressed his button, which almost seemed like he was trying to spite longtime frenemy Levine.
When Tucker revealed that he was from Washington, Levine said that he was relieved that the singer lived nowhere near Shelton’s home state of Oklahoma. “It’s a whole other coast away from you,” he told the country crooner.
The two then started convincing Tucker to join their teams. The latter seemed hesitant to go with Shelton, since his main musical influences were reggae and blues and not country music. However, Shelton still had another card up his sleeve to persuade Tucker into joining Team Blake – his “connections” with a certain ska singer.
"I do have some serious connections in that reggae/ska world these days," he told Tucker, referring to Stefani.
"Really?" Levine fired back at the smiling country singer. "You're gonna do that?"
In the end, Shelton’s ploy worked. Stefani, who appeared as a coach on “The Voice” in Season 9, definitely has a lot of pull over the singers as Tucker ended up joining Team Blake. Shelton, of course, didn’t pass up the opportunity to gloat.
“I'm not afraid to say I played the Gwen Stefani card. If you got it, you gotta use it,” he told the cameras.