updated 02/26/2014 AT 1:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/26/2014 AT 6:30 AM ET
Adam Levine: sexy and shrewd?
The Voice coach – and PEOPLE’s reigning Sexiest Man Alive – made a bold move on the second night of blind auditions Tuesday when he relinquished his red swivel chair to country contestant Cary Laine, who managed to turn all four chairs with her commanding performance of “Better Dig Two” by The Band Perry.
Laine, 28, a mom from Pinedale, Wyo., looked and sounded like a perfect fit for coach Blake Shelton, even calling herself country “to the core.” Yet Levine and fellow coaches Usher and Shakira did their best to convince Laine to step out of her comfort zone and join their teams.
“Blake is not the right one for you,” Levine declared after escorting her to his chair. “Don’t you want to break the mold a little bit? Do what you do, but do it through me.”
Not to be outdone, Usher also walked Laine over to his chair, and encouraged her to look into his eyes – and later his lips – for proof of his passion.
Shelton offered a convincing pitch, reminding her that Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope, who was on his team, had a number-one country album. But in the end, Laine surprised everyone when she chose Levine.