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Why "Super Gifted" Willie Gomez’s "Flawless" Audition Got Him 4 Chair Turns
Willie Gomez is the total package, and he proved it during his blind audition.
Four Chair Turns on The Voice are a coveted honor, and they all happen in different ways. Sometimes those chairs start turning instantly. Sometimes the Coaches wait for particular notes. Sometimes everything comes in a staggered order that sets up a showdown between Coaches. For Willie Gomez, things fell into the latter category, setting up a showdown between two Coaches in particular.
Gomez, a 37-year-old dancer from Miami, explained in his introduction that he'd long been making his living as a dancer for artists like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, but that he was hoping to transition to solo stardom with the help of his singing voice. He also took us on a tour through his roots, from paying tribute to his late father to talking about his love for Dominican bachata music.
Then, it was time to sing.
Watch Willie Gomez's Performance of "La Bachata" on The Voice Season 24 Blind Auditions
Appropriately, given his background, Gomez chose the Manuel Turizo hit "La Bachata" for his Blind Audition song, performing entirely in Spanish and spending much of the time dancing across the stage while he sang. Coach Gwen Stefani was the first to turn her chair, early in the performance, and for much of Gomez's audition it seemed like she might be the only one. But Gomez's vocals ultimately proved too impressive for just one Coach, and by the end all four Chairs had turned, leaving Stefani frustrated.
"I thought I had you!" Stefani shouted.
"You still have me," Gomez replied, signaling a certain chemistry between singer and Coach that made Stefani think she was that much closer to landing him for her team.
"Your voice is so beautiful and, like flawless," Stefani continued. "You have so much stage presence, you're gorgeous."
Coach Niall Horan couldn't help but chime in at that point, referencing Stefani's husband and former Voice Coach, Blake Shelton: "Blake, she is flirting his pants off."
After brushing off Horan's jokes, Stefani made a sincere case.
"I really think that you're super gifted, super talented. I would love to work with you," she said.
But Stefani wasn't the only one making a big play for Gomez. John Legend was also very into the singer's multi-faceted talents, and made it clear that he saw stardom well beyond The Voice stage.
"I can hear this guy making a record that would be huge," Legend said.
Then it was decision time, and while Gomez called it "an honor" to join with any Voice coach, he ultimately picked Team Legend.
"Gwen turned first, and everything she had to say, she almost convinced me, but my heart told me to go with John," Gomez explained later.
So there you have it, another big win for Team Legend, and another multi-talented artist moving on to the competition.