John Legend Expresses Disappointment as Former 'The Voice Contestant Picks Dan + Shay

An unforgettable audition unfolds on NBC's 'The Voice'.

by Nouman Rasool
John Legend Expresses Disappointment as Former 'The Voice Contestant Picks Dan + Shay
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In a spirited competition on NBC's "The Voice," the country-pop sensation Dan + Shay and esteemed coach John Legend vied for the attention of Nebraska's own Bryan Olesen, a former member of the Christian rock ensemble Newsboys.

This contest unfolded during the enthralling third round of blind auditions, captivating viewers nationwide on Monday. Olesen, 49, delivered an electrifying performance of OneRepublic's hit "Love Runs Out," showcasing a vocal range and stage presence that left the coaches and audience alike in awe.

John Legend, known for his discerning ear and passion for nurturing raw talent, didn't hesitate to lavish praise on Olesen. He drew a comparison between Olesen's commanding performance and the iconic presence of U2's Bono, asserting, "You have so much chops and everything you need to be a great superstar."

Father-Daughter Duet Wows

Adding an unexpected twist to his audition, Olesen was joined on stage by his daughter, Jadyn, for a heartwarming rendition of Corinne Bailey Rae's "Put Your Records On." This father-daughter duet not only showcased their familial bond but also highlighted Olesen's versatility as a performer.

Seizing the moment, Dan + Shay played up their unique appeal as a duo on the show, jestingly offering Olesen and his daughter a spot in their signature two-person chair. "Remember, we're the only ones with room for two here," quipped Dan Smyers, sparking laughter and further fueling the competitive atmosphere.

Despite the playful banter and the attractive proposition from Dan + Shay, Olesen ultimately declared his allegiance to Team Legend. This decision underscored the undeniable allure of Legend's coaching, his experience, and the promise of personal growth under his guidance.

In the wake of Olesen's choice, Legend couldn't resist a gentle jest at his competitors' expense, remarking, "Sorry Dan + Shay, I got Bryan. At least you have each other. You can console each other." This friendly rivalry and the ensuing camaraderie highlight the unique dynamics and the captivating charm of "The Voice," as it continues to be a battleground for musical talents and coaching prowess.