The Voice: Gwen Stefani surprisingly lands teenage singer Carter Rubin after using her mom appeal

Gwen Stefani won a major victory over John Legend on Monday’s episode of The Voice when she snagged a teen singer for her team.

Carter Rubin, a 14-year-old contestant from Shoreham, Long Island, turned in a soaring version of Lewis Capaldi’s Before You Go that had Gwen, 51, and John, 43, quickly turning their chairs.

John seemed to have it in the bag, but Gwen turned Carter’s head with her own special charm.

Teen talent: Gwen Stefani won a major victory over John Legend on Monday’s episode of The Voice when she snagged a teen singer for her team

‘You do not look like your voice, okay?’ Gwen told Carter, goggling at him. ‘Just so you know.’

‘Where is the person who was singing?’ Blake Shelton, 44, asked the teen, who had a mighty voice.

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‘I cannot believe what I’m hearing and seeing right now,’ Gwen went on. ‘This is a shock.’

‘You have the most incredible smile I think I’ve seen on any human,’ offered Kelly Clarkson, 38. ‘I cannot stop smiling, ’cause it’s so beautiful.’

Two chairs: Carter Rubin, a 14-year-old contestant from Shoreham, Long Island, turned in a soaring version of Lewis Capaldi’s Before You Go that had Gwen, 51, and John, 43, quickly turning their chairs

Strong lobbying: John seemed to have it in the bag, but Gwen turned Carter’s head with her own special charm

‘You sounded polished, you sounded strong, your voice has control… and your tone is just piercing and brilliant,’ John told Carter. ‘It just shimmers out there.’

‘I’d love for you to be the youngest person I’ve ever coached on The Voice,’ he added.

That’s when Gwen made her appeal to Carter, saying, ‘My son, he’s 14 years old, so I could be a mom figure for you because I am a mom.’

Strong voice: Carter showed exceptional control during his audition

She praised the ‘shocking’ beauty of the tone in his voice, and offered to help him pick age-appropriate songs, get in touch with his emotions, and learn how to present himself on TV.

Family was important to Carter, who introduced his brother, father and musician grandfather onscreen, explaining that they all had a tight bond.

He picked Gwen because he thought she would be a nice motherly presence to have around.

Motherly presence: The teenager picked Gwen because he thought she would be a nice motherly presence to have around

She was shocked, telling his mom Alonna Rubin, ‘I will take good care of him, I promise.’

Gwen relished beating John, whom she said ‘had a lot of strategy and was extra smart.’

Earlier, she’d blocked John to win another contestant, Ryan Berg, 27, from Dallas.

Big block: Earlier, Gwen blocked John to win another contestant, Ryan Berg, 27, from Dallas

‘She blocked me, then she beat me,’ John lamented. ‘I’m gonna have to regroup.’

Gwen had chosen Ryan after listening to his husky voice on John Mayer’s Waitin’ On The World To Change, and she loved seeing how ‘mad’ blocking John made him.

She tried to shoot a ‘Team Gwen’ T-shirt to Ryan from her T-shirt gun, but it only got halfway across the stage and sank to the floor.

Husky voice: The Voice singer had chosen Ryan after listening to his husky voice on John Mayer’s Waitin’ On The World To Change, and she loved seeing how ‘mad’ blocking John made him

‘Sometimes that happens,’ Kelly said, laughing, and went to help Gwen pick it up.

The Hollaback singer tried to fire the gun again and realized it wasn’t loaded, so she gave up.

‘Welcome to the show,’ John said, as Blake interjected, ‘Wait, I have an idea,’ and draped the tee over a long pole with a rubber glove that John used to shake contestants’ hands.

Good one: ‘Sometimes that happens,’ Kelly said, laughing, and went to help Gwen pick it up

During a break, Gwen practiced aiming her launcher at a cardboard cutout of Blake. 

The episode’s first artist was Rio Souma, 28, from Detroit, who gave up a job as an assemblyman at a Chrysler’s plant to audition for the show.

Just seconds into his version of Smokey Robinson’s Cruisin’, Kelly, Gwen and John turned their chairs for him, with John standing up to cheer Rio on.

First up: The episode’s first artist was Rio Souma, 28, from Detroit, who gave up a job as an assemblyman at a Chrysler’s plant to audition for the show

‘Rio, you have an incredible gift,’ Kelly raved after he sang. ‘And you took a classic song to this Rio place. The thing that impresses me most is when vocalists go to places I just wouldn’t think of… it just makes for an intriguing performance, because not many people are capable of that.’

‘You are a phenomenal vocalist,’ John echoed, impressing Rio with his knowledge of the song itself and of Detroit, which won the man to his team.

John also turned for the soulful vocals of Casmè, a 39-year-old singer from New Orleans, saying he loved the spirit she showed on her cover of Aretha Franklin’s Baby I Love You.

Soulful singer: John also turned for the soulful vocals of Casmè, a 39-year-old singer from New Orleans, saying he loved the spirit she showed on her cover of Aretha Franklin’s Baby I Love You

Jus Jon, 30, a performer from Newport News, Virginia, crooned Talk by Khalid and scored a single chair turn from Blake, who told him, ‘Dude, you’re an incredible singer.’

Ben Allen, 42, from Estero, Florida, also captured the coaches’ attention with his gravelly cover of Brooks & Dunn’s Red Dirt Road.

While both Gwen and John turned their chairs, they knew that Ben would likely go to Blake, who’d told him, ‘I hear a lot of Ronnie [Dunn] in what you do.’

One chair: Jus Jon, 30, a performer from Newport News, Virginia, crooned Talk by Khalid and scored a single chair turn from Blake

Gritty cover: Ben Allen, 42, from Estero, Florida, also captured the coaches’ attention with his gravelly cover of Brooks & Dunn’s Red Dirt Road

‘Country music is my life, and I don’t plan on ever doing another television show, or being on TV, or anything else,’ the seven-time Voice winner said. ‘Country music is all I want to do, and that’s the reason I’m a coach on The Voice, because I get to pass along things along the way. I’d like to have a chance to pass it along to you.’

‘That was such a nice, tender… I felt that in my heart,’ John said.

‘I wasn’t saying that to you,’ Blake retorted.

Finger point: Blake Shelton performed his signature move and pointed at himself

Kelsie Watts, 29, from Lubbock, Texas, had a day job as a performer on a showboat in Nashville, but wanted to get away from the grind, and auditioned with Kelly’s song I Dare You.

Kelly grew emotional as she listened to Kelsie’s soaring take on her hit, shaking her hands out and telling the other coaches, ‘This is my song!’ as she pushed her button and turned.

‘You better sing that song!’ Kelly yelled at Kelsie, adding, ‘Oh my God. You just one-upped me on my own song.’

Showboat performer: Kelsie Watts, 29, from Lubbock, Texas, had a day job as a performer on a showboat in Nashville, but wanted to get away from the grind, and auditioned with Kelly’s song I Dare You

‘I’m glad you liked it,’ Kelsie said, choosing Kelly as her coach.

Gwen pointed out that Kelly rarely turned for people who sang her songs, and Kelly admitted, ‘I don’t. I’m very hard on it. But I was like, ‘You cannot come out here and sing my song like that and not have me turn around.’

The last singer of the night was Desz, 30, a professional singer from Houston, who had performed with opera companies and the Kanye West Coachella choir.

Last up: The last singer of the night was Desz, 30, a professional singer from Houston, who had performed with opera companies and the Kanye West Coachella choir

Her take on Toni Braxton’s Unbreak My Heart got all four coaches to turn their chairs, but Desz’s decision about who she wanted won’t be aired until Tuesday.

Among those not going through was Becca Kotte, 33, a backup singer for Rod Stewart; James Mays, 27, an R&B-inspired musician from Memphis, Tennessee; and Michelle Moonshine, a 28-year-old singer from Salt Lake City, Utah, who’d missed her last Voice audition to have a baby.

The Voice will return Tuesday on NBC.

Four chairs: Desz’s take on Toni Braxton’s Unbreak My Heart got all four coaches to turn their chairs, but Desz’s decision about who she wanted won’t be aired until Tuesday

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