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Ariana Grande Was Almost In Tears After Shocking 'Voice' Decision Stunned Everyone

Good Housekeeping logo Good Housekeeping 10/9/2021 Selena Barrientos

Blind auditions for The Voice season 21 are officially done, but as Ariana Grande learned, fellow coaches (erm, Blake Shelton) can make the process incredibly heartbreaking.

It all went down on October 4, during the fifth night of blind auditions, when 20-year-old singer Libianca performed a rendition of SZA's "Good Days.” Within seconds, Ariana hit her red button and began cheering the Minneapolis native on. Not long after though, Blake also swiveled around in his red chair and the two coaches eyed each other as the contestant finished off the song. While Kelly Clarkson and John Legend admitted they struggled with her song choice, Ariana jumped right in to tell her how much she loved it.

“I’m obsessed with you. I respect you so much for picking a SZA song, because she writes in a way that is so unique to her,” she said. “It’s like a huge undertaking to sing a SZA song, and you did such a beautiful job with making it your own. I was so excited … I’m freaking out! I really hope you pick me. You’re so good. You’re so beautiful. I’m obsessed. You sound divine. You look amazing.”

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Afterwards, Blake confidently declared, “I am obviously the coach for you.” In an unexpected move, Libianca asked him why he believed that and the country music star got candid with her about what he could offer her as a mentor.

“We hear a lot of singers come across the stage, and a lot of coaches that work on this show that are capable of so much, and actually Ariana’s a prime example of that,” Blake said. “Yeah, I’m the ‘country guy,’ but you know what? I’ve won this show with all different kinds of artists, and the coach/artist relationship is about whatever I can do that can help you be the best at whatever you want to be. That’s my job. I’d be honored to be your coach.”

Ultimately, Libianca chose to go with him instead of Ariana, and shocked everyone. "I asked God to give me a sign and someone said something that gave me that sign. So, Blake I 'm going to go with you," Libianca said.

“What?! … No one saw that coming,” Kelly said. “What just happened?” host Carson Daly asked backstage. Meanwhile, Ariana herself tried to process that she had just been beaten out by Blake, but she still couldn’t make sense of it. “I poured my heart out to her! I don’t understand! I can’t talk about it yet,” she said.

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On the other hand, Voice fans watching from home understood Libianca's choice. “Blake is pristine at selling himself and coming across as very genuine, seasoned and mature. He gets mature artists to pick him that way. Ariana is so cute and excited, but I can totally see why Libianca picked Blake,” one person wrote on YouTube. “Blake Shelton always says the right words to get his artist. The words he speaks is what is really in his heart though. Blake cares about his artist and wants them to grow. Glad she picked Blake,” another added. “I’m gonna be honest, as much as I love Ariana, I might pick Blake over her too. He’s so genuine and massively misunderstood,” a different fan said.

'The Voice' coaches Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton wanted singer Libianca on their teams, but the season 21 contestant chose the country singer over the pop star. Read what fans had to say about the surprising decision. © YouTube 'The Voice' coaches Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton wanted singer Libianca on their teams, but the season 21 contestant chose the country singer over the pop star. Read what fans had to say about the surprising decision.

Apart from being the longest running coach on the show, Blake also holds the title for having the most wins on the NBC competition series — a whopping seven times. So, he has the evidence to backup his words and we can’t wait to see how far Libianca goes. Maybe she’ll be the eighth win for the “God’s Country” singer.

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