updated 10/02/2013 AT 1:30 AM ET
•originally published 10/02/2013 AT 7:30 AM ET
A stressed-out single mom and a former contestant seeking redemption scored the two four-chair swivels of the night Tuesday as The Voice’s coaches inched closer to completing their teams during the fourth night of blind auditions.
The coaches’ powers of persuasion – and sharp elbows – were on full display during the final showstopping performance of the night when Ashley DuBose, a single mother/programmer analyst from St. Paul, Minn., arguably outshone Rihanna while singing the Grammy winner’s hit “Diamonds.”
“Your voice cuts like a razor through this entire place,” coach Adam Levine told the 23-year-old. “Those are the voices that make it real far on this show.”
Fellow coach Cee Lo Green added, “I believe you’ve met [Rihanna’s] bar on it and expounded upon it. She will feel you’ve done her justice.”
While Christina Aguilera summed up her performance this way: “I was waiting for something to happen and nothing went wrong. I thought, ‘I’m stupid if I don’t press my button right now.’”
Dubose ultimately chose to join Team Adam, calling it a gut move.
A former contestant seeking a second chance got it, and then some, when he earned the other four-chair turn of the night. James Irwin, 31, failed to turn any chairs in his blind audition last season, but said he spent the past year focusing on his budding music career – and it showed.
The coaches praised his evocative version of REM’s “Losing My Religion.” The song has added poignancy in the context of Irwin’s backstory – last season he revealed that he and his wife lost their identical twin daughters shortly after their birth, an experience he likened to “getting to look inside heaven but told you can’t stay.” (They now have a young son.)