“The Voice” added another “first ever” to the growing list on Monday night’s Blind Auditions (Part 3): A Tulsa duo, already a dating couple, became engaged following their audition. Even better, they had already turned two chairs to get to the next round.
As People.com reported September 29, Jubal Young and Amanda Preslar performed The Eagles’ classic “Seven Bridges Road” for the coaches, getting Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani to turn their chairs. Their on-stage chemistry could be felt in the harmonic rendition, but you could tell Stefani was impressed when Amanda Preslar told her the two had only been singing together for 18 months.
But it was Coach Blake Shelton that provided the perfect prompt for 36-year-old Jubal Young when he said the two acted like a couple, then asked, “Are you married?” With Preslar saying she was waiting for the day, Young immediately whipped out a tiny box, went down on bended knee, and proposed. With the coaches yelling in shock, you couldn’t hear Preslar say, “Yes.” But she did (which, as Young pointed out, made the next step less awkward).
The now-engaged couple then had to choose a coach. They ultimately chose Team Pharrell, even after Coach Adam Levine suggested they go ahead and get married, because Blake Shelton, believe it or not, is an ordained minister.
Other highlights from the third part of the Season 9 Blind Auditions included 45-year-old Manny Cabo, who didn’t sound like David Coverdale but he certainly hit the high note on Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again,” turning four chairs. Two more contestants were four-chair spinners: Lyndsey Elm and Chris Crump. And 21-year-old Tyler Dickerson was looking for a second chance at a recording contract (he had signed one as a teen and the record label went under) and found it on Team Blake. (When Shelton turned his chair, the only coach to do so, he recognized Dickerson, got him to tell his story, then told the other coaches Dickerson had been labeled the “next Travis Tritt” when he hit Nashville just a few years ago — but had disappeared. According to Dickerson, part of the disappearance had to do with a automobile accident.)
“The Voice” Blind Auditions (Part 4) air on NBC Television Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (EST). As good as the show might be, there’s no way they’ll top a marriage proposal.