Some songs are so good they’re hard to mess up. And some voices are so good, they can sing the phone book and it sounds like magic. That song met those voices during the Oct. 16 battle rounds of “The Voice,” and it made for a really difficult decision for coach Blake Shelton.
The song was the Hank Williams-penned weeper “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” There’s a reason that Elvis Presley covered it. And there’s a reason contestants Keisha Renee and Noah Mac covered it, too. It’s a classic. And it’s damn good. Like, goose bumps good.
Swapping verses on the song, Noah’s soulful gritty delivery provided a warm contrast to Keisha’s soaring, effortless soprano, and it’s absolutely mesmerizing. It was also obviously extremely difficult for the judges to choose between the two contestants. Although both were so different, they were also insanely good.
Poor Blake. While the other coaches expressed how torn they were between the two incredible talents, Blake shared his dismay in his own hilarious way, saying, “It’s always easier when we have a battle round and somebody is really good and somebody sucks because then it’s a pretty clear decision for you. And right now we have two people that gave it everything they had.”
Blake pointed out the difference between the voices, but also added that both performed with “so much heart.”
But when pushed for a decision, Blake said, “This sucks so bad for me right now, it does. I just gotta do it. The winner of this battle is Keisha.”
“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” was on the country charts twice for Hank Williams, once in 1949 and again in 1966. It also appeared on Elvis’ “Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite” live album in 1973.