The Voice 2012 Jermaine Paul sings “I Believe I Can Fly”, video below. Just about every contestant on The Voice has said they’ve “wanted to do this for as long as they can remember,” and Jermaine Paul expressed it through two songs tonight. Before taking the stage to perform a wonderful rendition of  R. Kelly’s ‘I Believe I Can Fly,’ the hopeful explained through tears exactly what it means to him to get this far in such a huge competition.

As we’ve learned this season, Jermaine has always been in the sidelines, overshadowed by big celebrities as a backup singer for Alicia Keys. Sporting a super fly white coat and backed by an unbelievable choir, the frontman captivated the audience. His country coach, Blake Shelton, could hardly keep his Wranglers in the big red chair as he watched on, smiling like a proud dad.“You got me to stand on my feet. That song was made for you,” Christina Aguilera told him after he finished his first performance of the evening. “That’s what this show is about. You shined like a superstar tonight.”

Cee Lo said he liked how The Voice hopeful presented himself, and that he and Shelton did a good job collaborating on how the kick-off performance should play out. When it was Blake’s turn to speak, he was a pile of mush.

“My heart is in my throat right now. I’m speechless,” the country music icon said. “I’ve listened to that song a lot of songs, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard it until tonight. I learn things from you Jermaine. If I could channel things from you when I perform…” he trailed off, “you’ve got to teach me that.”

Mid-way through the show, Jermaine paid tribute to his coach with a rendition of the chart-topping single ‘God Gave Me You,’ and immediately following, put his feelings into words. “It means so much to me more than you’ll ever know,” he told Shelton. “God gave me YOU, bro. You got a brother in me.”

What do you think of the performance? A winner or a safe choice?


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