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‘Voice’ Contestant Nicole Nelson Sings ‘Hallelujah,’ Wows Judges

Nicole Nelson

A promising contestant on the new season of ‘The Voice’ raised the spirits of the judges — and spread the gospel of Jeff Buckley — with an inspiring performance of Buckley’s version of ‘Hallelujah’ Wednesday during “Blind Auditions” for the NBC singing competition.

It didn’t take long for Nicole Nelson to win over all four of this season’s ‘Voice’ coaches, who are always saying things like, “You made that song your own, dog.” But Nelson really did offer her own impressive spin on ‘Hallelujah,’ a tune originally penned by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Lenoard Cohen but reworked by Buckley into a roof-raising gospel number that was the highlight of the only album he released before his untimely death.

Coach Adam Levine was the first to hit his “I Want You” button, which spun him around and let him have a look at the sprightly, golden-throated (and self-described hippie) Nelson. Coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo and Blake Shelton weren’t far behind, but despite impassioned pleas from each of them — Aguilera, who seemed to be getting her first choice of singers most of the night, said “thank you for waking me up and exciting me” — Nelson went with Levine, who boasted several times he was the first to choose her.

Who knows what the future holds, but if Nelson can continue to sing like she did with ‘Hallelujah,’ expect her to stick around on ‘The Voice’ for a long time.

Watch Nicole Nelson Perform ‘Hallelujah’

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