James Irwin returned to the stage after a lackluster performance last season, determined to turn at least one judge’s chair. But with R.E.M’s ‘Losing My Religion’ he blew away all four!
Last season, James Irwin made his debut on The Voice with a performance that didn’t exactly wow the judges, but Shakira gave him some sage advice about second (and third) chances that made him want to come back and give it another go.
James Irwin Wows With R.E.M’s ‘Losing My Religion’
On season four of The Voice, James had us all emotional with his heart-wrenching story about losing his twin daughters, just moments after they were born. He came back for season five on Oct. 1 with his wife and baby son, determined to make his family proud and win the judges over, saying last time, “I didn’t give them the best version of myself.”
This time, his rendition of “Losing My Religion” made history. Adam Levine exclaimed, “I don’t think anyone has ever returned to The Voice and turned all four chairs.”
But while Adam praised him on a job well done, he still thought James could use a bit more work.
A rocker at heart, James decided he’s up for the challenge and chose Team Adam!
The Night’s Top Contenders
Will Champlin — son of Bill Champlin, a member of the classic pop-rock band Chicago — opened the show with Gavin DeGraw‘s “Not Over You.” He got Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Adam to all turn their chairs. Adam admired Will’s incredible voice and snagged yet another singer to join his burgeoning team.
Another stand-out performer was Stephanie Ann John, a cruise ship singer who’s “ready to get back on land.” Singing a powerful rendition of KT Tunstall‘s “Black Horse and a Cherry Tree,” she landed herself a spot on Team Christina.
Justin Chain, clad in a plaid shirt, jeans and a cowboy boy hat, sang Jason Aldean‘s “She’s Country.” After surviving a head-on collision and months of recovery, Justin decided music was what he was meant to do. The moment he opened his mouth, we new he was going to be good. With a clear, crisp sound, he had Blake turned around right away. The other judges didn’t even want to try and compete — they let Blake take Justin all for himself. “Do you think any one of us would try and compete with you over that?” remarked Christina. “He’s more country than you,” added Adam.
However, it was Ashley DuBose, with the final performance of the evening, that really took everyone’s breath away. She sang a sultry and smooth rendition of Rihanna‘s “Diamonds” that would make Rihanna, herself, feel Ashley did the song justice, according to Cee Lo. She had a very melodic, raspy and edgy tone that Adam said “cut like a razor through this entire place.” Christina said she’d be stupid to not push her button, and Cee Lo says he wants to be there rooting for her at the Grammys. All four judges turned for Ashley, but it was Adam that came out with the win.
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— Jordan Clifford