Dallas contestant Malik Heard's performance created a war of words on The Voice during Monday night's blind auditions.
Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams pressed their buttons almost at the same time early in during his version of "Chains" by Nick Jonas.
First, Christina piled on the praise for his "accurate, amazing" runs. Then Pharrell pointed out that he had worked with Justin Timberlake, who Heard had referenced as an influence, and Britney Spears when they were Heard's age. Christina came (way) back: "You know, I worked with both of them before he ever met them, on the Mickey Mouse Club." Etc., etc... and then some nonsense involving a greenhouse and big trees. (I guess it was better than leaving them speechless, but I digress.)
And the winner? I'm gonna throw it to Malik: "Well, I have loved you guys and I have grown up watching all of you and you are so amazing and I pick ... Christina."
There have been other contestants from Texas already, including Mary Sarah from Richmond, who got a four-chair turn and chose Blake Shelton. But, as has become standard operating procedure, we just had to wait to see someone home-grown who would blow a song out of the water.
This time, it was the 19-year-old Heard. He sang "Chains," by Nick Jonas, sparking the amusing exchange in an effort to get him to choose a coach. Judge Adam Levine got in a barb, saying they might call him a salesman but "y'all are just as slick," but the other judges mostly sat back and watched it all go down.