Natalie Stovall may have lost her battle round earlier this season on “The Voice,” but she got to showcase her talent a second time when Blake Shelton chose her as his comeback artist on the episode that aired Nov. 13.
The country singer-songwriter and fiddler, who fronts the band, The Drive returned for the first night of the live playoffs, where coaches were forced to whittle their teams in half from six contestants to three.
When Natalie took the stage, she gave it her all on Garth Brooks’ 1994 hit “Callin’ Baton Rouge” – a tune originally recorded by the Oak Ridge Boys and later cut by New Grass Revival. Yes, Natalie hit all the right notes on the song, but it was her stage presence that truly shined. She tore through the notes on her fiddle fingerboard, and incorporated some hip swivels into her performance, which made the coaches go nuts!
“I’m over here trying to figure out how I can move my hips like that, and work the fiddle,” coach Jennifer Hudson praised of Natalie’s multitasking skills. “And that stick, if it was in my hand it would be all the way back there in the audience somewhere. I enjoyed it.”
“You are such a fun performer to watch,” coach Miley Cyrus added. “I’m glad that you focus just as much on your vocals as you did your playing, because I think you had a nice balance. Great job.”
As for Adam Levine, he told Natalie that she had “The ‘Blakiest’ performance” of the night, referring to coach Blake Shelton, and added that her “sheer bliss was really cool and infectious.”
“Natalie, you just reassured me that you were the right comeback artist,” Blake, who was last to comment, said.
Even though Blake was thrilled to have Natalie back in the saddle, he was forced to cut three people from his team. So he ended up sending Natalie home for the second time. Meanwhile, Team Blake’s Red Marlow, Keisha Renee and Chloe Kohanski are still safe, and will head to the live shows on Nov. 20.