With an incredible rendition of ‘Chandelier,’ Jordan Smith was the obvious standout on the Season 9 premiere of ‘The Voice.’ But it’s already clear that Jordan has SO much more to offer than just powerful vocals, and this is sure to take him far in the competition.
Only one episode of The Voice has aired, but there’s already a major frontrunner. Jordan Smith absolutely wowed the coaches, audience and viewers by singing Sia’s “Chandelier” for his blind audition, but it’s his personality and composure that really put him over-the-top as a contender.
During Jordan’s audition, producers let the viewers play along by not showing his face as he belted out the beginning of the song. We didn’t even get to see a package detailing Jordan’s backstory, but I still found myself more interested in him than any other contestant of the night. Of course, a big part of that was that he looked NOTHING like he sounded, as the judges pointed out, but in general, it was because of how mesmerizing he was to watch.
Once Blake Shelton pressed his button and cameras panned to show Jordan’s face, my initial shock by what he looked like immediately wore off when I noticed how composed and calm he was. He never faltered ONCE, even when all the chairs were turned and four of the biggest superstars in music were staring back at him. I LITERALLY could not take my eyes off him, and the performance only got better as it went on.
On top of that, Jordan proved he has a relatable sense of humor during his audition. He didn’t shy away from, and even joked about, “not being the coolest kid” (although that’s clearly changed now!), and had a hilarious reaction when Gwen Stefani raced out of her seat to give him a hug. All four coaches were clearly endeared by what he had to offer, and I couldn’t help but feel the same.
You obviously need to have talent to win The Voice, and there’s no doubt Jordan has that in the bag. But the people who really exceed expectations and go far are those who are relatable to the audience, and the Kentucky native proved, in less than five minutes, that he can bring that to the table, too. I’m so excited to see how Jordan progresses this season, especially with Adam Levine, who’s so experienced and dedicated, as a coach. There’s still a lot of competition to go, but if Jordan keeps up what he did last night, I’m convinced he’ll go far — if not win the whole thing!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Jordan? Do you think he made the right choice by picking Adam as a coach?
— Alyssa Norwin