The Voice has been more restrained with the Gwen Stefani-Blake Shelton romance than we initially anticipated (minus that lap-sitting moment during the season premiere), but that all ended tonight, when Stefani's mouth got her in trouble. It was one of the most awkward moments of the season, and not in a good way.
The trouble began when Team Alicia's Chris Blue went up against R.J. Collins with a powerful rendition of Miguel's "Adorn." Both artists were amazing, of course, but Stefani evidently was less impressed by their vocal chops and more interested in their appearance.
After complimenting Blue's ability to become completely absorbed by his music, Stefani admitted, "I don't even know if I was listening to your voice because I was so mesmerized by your body."
Adam Levine was the first person to object to this ill-timed statement. He stuttered, "Hey, whoa, whoa." Shelton quickly chimed in with, "Hey! What the?"
Stefani tried her best to explain her awkward declaration, but as Levine correctly observed, "It's hard to talk your way out of that one."
To be fair, Stefani's statement would have been weird even if she were still single. The proximity of her boyfriend made it that much worse, however, as did revelations about Blue's fiancée, who was sadly rediagnosed with cancer.
As if the statement about Blue's body wasn't bad enough, Stefani then turned her charms on his competitor, exclaiming, "R.J., I did not know you were 18 years old. I mean, you look like a man, ya know?"
Despite initially voicing his objections, Shelton took Stefani's flirtation in stride. He did admit, however, his preference for Blue, purely because he didn't want his girlfriend to snag him for her own team.
Blue is an attractive man, but Stefani's attention is definitely misplaced. His vocals were nothing short of magnificent this evening, and we're so glad he gets to move on in the competition. Whether Alicia Keys selected the battle's winner based on looks or vocal skills, she made the right choice.
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