The Voice viewers have come to expect an exciting performance when artist Colton Smith steps onto the stage. But when the animated singer decided to belt out Patti LaBelle's hit "Lady Marmalade" during Monday night's Knockouts, not everything went according to plan.
The rendition started off well: Smith was hitting all the notes and adding some personal flair to the show. But toward the end of the song, he began shaking his head in frustration and eventually tugged out his earpiece. The coaches took notice of his struggle, as Kelly Clarkson told Adam Levine, "He couldn't hear," during the applause. Levine agreed, "Couldn't hear."
After he finished, a sympathetic Clarkson and Levine tried to soothe the slightly deflated hopeful. "That happens to me sometimes when we're doing shows, your ears get tricked," . Clarkson backed up the reassurance, saying, "That happens to all of us, man."
Next, Kirk Jay impressed viewers with a popular interpretation of Brett Young's "In Case You Didn’t Know," and it seemed clear that Blake Shelton would choose to eliminate Smith. Fortunately, Smith was stolen—by none other than his original coach, Jennifer Hudson!
"I can’t let Colton go after that!" afterwards. "He powered through and showed no mercy. Got to respect that sort of resilience! I know you are going to shine back on #TeamJHUD!! #VoiceKnockouts."
Other Twitter users seemed to agree with her decision. "@IAMJHUD Your steal of @coltonsmith made me tear up. You go girl!" one fan wrote. "I love you even more for stealing him back!! he is amazing just like his coach!! ;)" another added. "Thank you, he is worth the steal!" a user said.
It looks like most fans are thrilled that both men get to move forward. Tune in on Monday, November 12, at 8 p.m. EST on NBC to see the top 24 contestants perform for a spot in the final 13.