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For Nick Jonas, the gloves are off.
After enduring teasing and hazing on his first night as a coach on “The Voice,” Jonas brought renewed confidence to the second night of Blind Auditions Tuesday – so much so that he was willing to “burn a bridge” with fellow coach Kelly Clarkson.
His jab going into this round on “The Voice”? Blocking Clarkson from getting an artist performing her song.
Arei Moon, 28, a first-generation American from Boston, opted to sing Clarkson’s “Miss Independent” to honor all the “strong women” in her life. Jonas turned around after a couple notes, followed by an unsuspecting Clarkson, who was hit with a block.
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“Nooooooo! Oh my God. I didn’t even notice until the end. That was wrong, Jonas,” Clarkson yelled after realizing she had no shot at having Moon for her team. “I thought I had this in the bag and then I got blocked. That was hurtful, Nick.”
Jonas was sorry, not sorry because “this is a game.”
“As soon as I heard two notes of ‘Miss Independent,’ I had to block Kelly,” Jonas said. “I was blown away by (Moon’s) powerhouse voice.”
The move even scored Jonas some brownie points with Blake Shelton (“Good move”) and John Legend (“The new guy knows how to use his block”).
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But Shelton, who has been on “The Voice” since its premiere in 2011, was determined to put the rookie in his place.
“I get it, Nick’s a nice guy, but he’s not that great,” Shelton said. “I mean, what about me? I’m going to show him how this thing works because he’s the new guy.”
Shelton did just that by landing four-chair-turn Toneisha Harris, a 44-year-old mother who skipped her “Voice” audition years ago after her son was diagnosed with cancer.
“I was supposed to audition for ‘The Voice’ about eight years ago and my son was diagnosed with leukemia and so I cared for nothing else but him,” Harris said. “I’m happy to report that he’s doing well. This entire journey is a dedication to my son.”
Harris doesn’t appear to have missed a beat over the years, and stunned with a performance of Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is.”
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Clarkson channeled her emotions (“Oh, now I’m crying”); Jonas used flattery (“That was one of the most powerful vocals I’ve ever heard, not just in this competition”); Legend predicted the future (“You already deserve to be in the finale”); and Shelton flattered himself (“I was a coach back then when you were supposed to audition and I’m a coach now.”)
Harris ultimately picked Shelton, which came as a shock to everyone, including the country singer himself.
“Nobody thought Toneisha was going to choose me as her coach, including me,” he said, while Legend questioned: “Of all the people in the world, Blake Shelton?”
Blind Auditions resume on “The Voice” Monday on NBC.
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