Why Blake Shelton Saved ‘The Voice’ Artist Lana Scott Twice This Season
The Voice coach Blake Shelton clearly believes in his artist Lana Scott, because he’s saved her twice so far in Season 21. The 28-year-old country singer is now going to the Top 13 thanks to Shelton’s choice during last week’s results show.
Is this all part of Shelton’s strategy? Could Lana be a dark horse to win the entire season? After taking home the trophy eight times over the years, the coach certainly seems to know what he’s doing.
Blake Shelton Saves Lana Scott Twice on ‘The Voice’
Lana Scott performed Kelsea Ballerini’s “Hole in the Bottle” for her Blind Audition, showing off a sweet and sassy country style. Shelton was the first coach to turn his chair, declaring, “That is country!” He complimented her “whiny, country thing that we just don’t hear anymore.”
Kelly Clarkson also turned her chair for Lana, but she chose to join Team Blake. In the Battles, she went up against Hailey Green with a performance of “GIRL” by Maren Morris. Although Hailey won the Battle, Shelton chose to save Lana and keep her on his team, saying, “I was never gonna let you go.”
Shelton went on to choose Lana over fellow country singer Carson Peters in the Knockouts, saying she has “an easier path” to the finale than any other country artist. Then last week, after The Voice Top 20 performances in the Live Playoffs, Lana didn’t receive enough audience votes to move straight to the next round, so it was up to Shelton to save her over Libianca and Peedy Chavis.
Why Does Shelton Want Lana on His Team This Season?
Shelton’s reasoning for keeping Lana on his team appears to be pretty simple. Although he coaches singers from various genres every season, he’s a country singer through and through, and Lana embodies that world more than any other singer on his team.
“That’s a heavy load that I put on your shoulders this season,” Shelton told her after her Top 20 performance of “Next Girl” by Carly Pearce. “You’re it. You’re the country artist on The Voice this season. I could not be more proud of you and that performance. You’re ready for this. We need you in country music right now.”
So it’s really no surprise that when it came time to pick a third artist to stay on his team for the Top 13 (joining Wendy Moten and Paris Winningham), Shelton chose to give Lana another chance at the title. He even admitted that “the lane is wide open” for her.
Country artists have famously done well on The Voice in recent years, with winners including Chevel Shepherd, Jake Hoot, and Todd Tilghman. Lana may not necessarily be a frontrunner at this point, but it makes sense for Shelton to keep a country artist on his team as the season goes on.