updated 03/11/2014 AT 5:30 AM ET
•originally published 03/11/2014 AT 6:30 AM ET
The final week of blind auditions on The Voice kicked off strong Monday for Team Blake and Team Adam, as each coach earned four more artists and battled for the night’s strongest singers.
It was also an evening of memorable and falsetto-filled soul performances, capped by 38-year-old Josh Kaufman, an academic tutor from Indianapolis, who stunned with his passionate version of George Michael’s “One More Try,” earning the night’s only four-chair turn.
So inspired was the singing, that Adam Levine was standing up and pumping his fist in excitement before the song was even over.
“Damn badass,” Levine enthused. “That is such a tough vocal to conquer. I was goosebumps.”
Coach Blake Shelton was also moved. “Amazing. Awesome. Incredible,” he said, followed by Usher who told Kaufman if he wanted to be known as a soul artist, he needed someone who keenly understood the genre – him.
Shakira quickly made her own pitch, calling Kaufman the real deal. “I would love to have an artist like you who is already so mature vocally, but just needs mentoring and support.”
But Kaufman, who said he was pondering giving up on music for a “responsible job” to support his family, was wooed by Levine’s energy and chose him as coach.
Shelton was not left behind, showing his strong suit, country music, by picking up a sassy and cowboy boot-clad teen duo, Alaska and Madi. He paid them a high compliment after they confidently performed The Civil Wars’ “Barton Hollow.”
“When I hear you guys sing, the only thing I can compare it to is The Pistol Annies. I’m married to one of those,” Shelton told the Tulsa, Okla., singers and who could not resist picking their Okie homeboy as their coach.