“Behind you is the audacity to sing Ariana’s song,” John Legend told Jimani.
The 23-year-old Georgia native added her soulful touch with Grande “POV” During the second night of the blind auditions on Tuesday. Jimani knew the risk she was taking and singing a coach’s song usually doesn’t sound great. (Remember when Lauren Hall was sent home after singing during Season 17 Clarkson’s “Breakaway.”)
“Singing this song in front of Ariana Grande is huge. I have huge shoes to fill,” said the mother of two. “I’m going to put that funk, that soul, that R&B on that.”
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Jimani did exactly that and immediately took a chair turn from Grande and the rest of the coaches, earning only a four-chair turn in the night.
“It’s your song now. Take it,” said Grande, who had an out-of-body experience and “didn’t remember where I was or what was happening”. “For the rest of my life, I’ll be like, ‘Oh, I’m covering Jimani’s song.
She continued: “I am honored that you have sung my song and I will be very honored to have you on my team. I will do anything. Whatever. I will really do anything.”
But just because Jimani chose a Grande song doesn’t mean Grande was a shoo-in. Jimani chose Clarkson as his coach, surprising Clarkson himself.
“No one, including me, has seen this happen,” Clarkson said. Of course, Shelton couldn’t wait to rub it all over Grande’s face: “What happened? She sang your song!”
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Earlier in the night, Legend and Grande pulled out popcorn (literally) for an epic fight between Clarkson and Shelton.
The arch rivals went face-to-face after their “whiny” rendition of “hole in the bottle” for coach Lana Scott. Kelsea Ballerini, who served as a guest coach for Clarkson last season.
But, according to Shelton, the song selection “Kelly won’t know” because she isn’t familiar with country music. Clarkson objected: “I can’t wear cowboy boots or a big ole buckle but I love country music.”
The argument became so intense that Legend and Grande opted to leave the stage, while Clarkson and Shelton ended it. “do you want breakfast?” Grande asked.
“I feel like John and I are parents with our kids on vacation or field trips,” Grande said. Legend said, “These two can’t stop fighting.”
Scott eventually picked Shelton, giving the country cowboy the ultimate bragging rights: “There’s nothing better than being ganged up by all three coaches and still getting a cast.”