Smith receives standing ovation


The old saying “They saved the best for last” rang true on Monday night as Harlan native Jordan Smith was the last performer to take the stage.

Smith wowed America with his rendition of “Halo” by Beyonce, garnering the only standing ovation of the night from all four judges. Due to time constraints resulting from Smith being the last performer, the judges were pressed to make their final comments but made sure Smith knew he had blown them away with his performance.

Coach Pharell was obviously amazed with the performance, being at a loss of words before saying Smith’s voice is signed by God.

Coach Adam Levine described Smith as more than just a singer, but as a figure that everyone was drawn to.

“You’re a person that everybody draws this amazing energy from,” said Levine. “And it’s like, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever, ever experienced in my life and I’m just honored to be a part of it man.”

As of press time, Smith was ranked number one on The Voice iTunes charts and No. 3 on the iTunes Top 100 chart. Additionally, Smith is currently the only contestant to have three songs in the top 14 on The Voice iTunes charts, with his blind audition song ‘Chandelier’ at No. 6 and knockout round song ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ at No. 11. Chandelier is ranked 64 on the iTunes Top 100 chart and Set Fire to the Rain is ranking at 95.

Smith’s performances are still garnering YouTube views as well. His blind audition of ‘Chandelier’ currently has over 15 million views with the number continuing to increase on a daily basis. Smith’s other performances have collectively gathered an additional 7 million views to date.

Back home in Harlan, watch parties took place as supporters of Smith gathered to cheer on the hometown favorite. Harlan Tourism offered a free viewing of the live rounds of The Voice to show their support for Smith at the Harlan Center.

On Wednesday’s show, Smith will find out if America’s votes have placed him in the top 12 or if Coach Adam will pick him to remain on his team if he does not make it with America’s votes.

You may follow Smith’s progress on his Facebook page and also on Twitter. You can now download his performance on iTunes. Watch The Voice on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091 or on Twitter @ReinaDailyNews.

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Topping The Voice iTunes charts with ‘Halo”

By Reina P. Cunningham

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