This season of The Voice has given me the opportunity to take a more hands-on coaching role,says Gwen. And it’s been quite a journey. Let’s hold on to our hats as we navigate through Gwen’s POV.
The Battle Rounds continued this week, featuring Team Gwen’s Chechi Sarai and Calla Prejean performing Lady Gaga’s “I’ll Never Love Again” from A Star Is Born.
Prior to their performance, I had a heart-to-heart with Chechi. I sensed that she was caught up in her own thoughts during rehearsals, and her concern about not making mistakes was holding her back.
Chechi confided in me, saying, “I just don’t want to mess up.” I encouraged her to shed her worries and focus on showcasing her remarkable talent. My advice to her was to be herself, to let us in, and to connect with the audience on a personal level through the song.
The results were truly impressive, with Reba McEntire commending Chechi, saying, “Chechi, your voice is incredible.” John Legend also recognized her exceptional gift, acknowledging her remarkable vocal range and excellent performance.
As Chechi’s coach, I couldn’t have been prouder of her. I told her, “You’re so amazing,” and it felt like we had witnessed a GRAMMY-worthy performance.
However, I didn’t want Chechi to remain in her shell. I could still see traces of her insecurity, which I knew didn’t belong on that stage or in her life. I playfully emphasized this point, promising that I might have to resort to some tough love to bring out her full potential.
In the end, I declared Chechi as the winner of the Battle, and I’m excited to continue mentoring her in the upcoming Three-Way Knockouts.
Returning to The Voice without Blake by my side felt surreal this season, but it brought a renewed sense of fun, especially during the coaching experience and team connection, even though it’s a bit nerve-wracking to see Reba McEntire as the newest coach.