November 29, 2020

‘The Voice’ premiere: Rookie coach Nick Jonas gets first-night revenge on John Legend

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Nick Jonas.

The newest coach on “The Voice” sure knew how to make an entrance, smoothly paragliding into the premiere of Season 18 Blind Auditions Monday, James Bond-style.

“That’s a bit dramatic,” said Kelly Clarkson, the reigning champion. Returning coach Blake Shelton added, “This is going to be a long season.”

Shelton was right in one way: It is going to be a long season for Jonas, one-third of the multiplatinum Jonas Brothers band, who got his first taste of the “newbie treatment” during his first day on the job.

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Nelson Cade III wowed all the coaches with his powerful rendition of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy.” John Legend turned around first, followed by Clarkson and Jonas, who was instantly hit with a block. Shelton also turned.

Cade received a standing ovation and Jonas even stood on top of his newly minted coaches’ chair, but the Jonas Brother was not in the running for the versatile artist.

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“How dare you,” Jonas said to Legend, who reveled in using his only block. Turning to Cade, he said, “I’m jealous that they get to fight for you.” *Cue Jonas’ 2014 hit single*

Legend’s blocking efforts paid off, because Cade ultimately selected the “All of Me” singer as his coach for his undeniable talent and his connections to Cade’s idol, Stevie Wonder.

“Stevie is a very good friend of mine. I’m just telling the truth, he sang at my wedding. If you happen to be on Team Legend, we could reunite you guys,” Legend offered. Clarkson added, “Oh lord … he’s just dropping the names.”

“Nick is the new guy,” Legend said. “So I’m going to use my block because I can tell that he’s a threat. … It’s the newbie treatment, Nick. But it’s always a friendly rivalry.”

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Jonas didn’t let the hazing deter him, because he landed his first singer soon after with 16-year-old Tate Brusa, who showcased his vocals on Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.”

The “Sucker” singer gave Brusa some instant feedback by playing the guitar onstage with the teen to help him sing through his voice cracking, something Jonas says he experienced during his early days as a teen heartthrob.

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