Caroline Reilly was a “dream” for “The Voice” coach Gwen Stefani: a young female rock singer whom Stefani could impart her wisdom from decades in the music industry upon.
But when it came time to choose a winner in Reilly’s battle round performance during Monday’s episode, Stefani chose Jake HaldenVang, the older, more seasoned singer.
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Stefani got conflicting advice from her fellow coaches after Reilly and HaldenVang’s performance of Pink’s “Just Like A Pill.” Kelly Clarkson and John Legend were more impressed with HaldenVang, a 24-year-old from Fort Mill, S.C. who grew up touring in a rock band with his dad.
Blake Shelton — Stefani’s boyfriend — vouched for Reilly.
“I don’t want to sell Caroline short on this one,” Shelton said. “She’s 16 years old, and that song was a mouthful for anybody, so I’m going to cast my vote for Caroline on this one.”
Stefani added: “Caroline, you’re my dream. I’ve been saying that I want to work with a young girl and share my experiences. You’re such an incredible singer that it makes it feel like, ‘What can I do to help [you]?’”
Stefani, though, chose HaldenVang as the winner. No coaches had their save or steal remaining, and Reilly’s run on the show ended.