Blake Shelton Forced To Make ‘Soul-Crushing’ Decision On ‘The Voice’ After Hailey Green Covers ‘God’s Country’

Team Blake’s Hailey Green covered one of Blake Shelton‘s biggest hits during The Voice Knockouts on Monday evening, and even…

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Lauren Jo Black

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October 26, 2021

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Team Blake’s Hailey Green covered one of Blake Shelton‘s biggest hits during The Voice Knockouts on Monday evening, and even though she powered through her performance, her time on the show came to an end. 

Team Blake’s Libianca and Hailey Green each had a chance to perform, however, only one contestant would advance to the next round. 

Libianca delivered an impressive rendition of Billie Eilish’s “Everything I Wanted” and Green took a risk by covering Shelton’s chart-topping hit, “God’s Country,” as he watched on from the coaches panel. 

Up first was Green, who put her own country/rock twist on the Shelton hit as she played an electric guitar and showcased the lower side of her vocal range. Her performance even had coach Ariana Grande on her feet cheering her on. 

Libianca was next and had the live audience, as well as the coaches, hanging on to her every word as her impeccable vocals soared throughout her performance. 

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Grande, who also rose to her feet during Libianca’s performance, praised both contestants, but recognized that Libianca had the edge over Green. 

“Those were so incredible! Hailey, that was brave: You just sang the one and only Blake Shelton’s song right in front of him,” Grande applauded. “Libianca, I love how you switch up the melody. I loved how you saved the high note for the end. I would have to give this one to Libianca.”

John Legend‘s feedback was similar to Grade’s as he deemed Libianca the winner as well. 

“Hailey, your voice is just powerful and just filling up this room with energy. I was like, ‘How is Libianca going to follow that?’” Legend shared. “And then, it was a master class in vocals…You had me on the edge of my seat. And, for that reason, I would pick Libianca.”

Kelly Clarkson compared Green to Janis Joplin before complimenting the “cool texture and vibe” of Libianca’s vocals. 

Shelton could only pick one winner, however, as he admitted he had to make a “soul-crushing” decision. 

“My heart’s broken right now. It wouldn’t have mattered who I chose, but there was no way I was going to let Libianca go,” the country superstar declared. 

The Voice returns on Tuesday (Oct. 26) at 8/7 c on NBC. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.