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Guy Sebastian didn't wait long to pull out all the stops for one of the stand out voices of the first round of Blind Auditions on The Voice Australia for 2021.
The Aussie star was quick to turn his chair for 23-year-old Bella Taylor Smith before busting a move that left fellow Aussie coach Jess Mauboy fuming.
"I am just so mad right now. I'm so confused," Jess said, after Bella's emotional audition realising she had been blocked.
Rita Ora was quick to claim innocence, before Guy admitted to being the one who blocked her, saying: "I am an awful person"
And then Rita chimed in: "I'm happy that Guy blocked Jess because I was gonna do it!"
"Sorry Jess," he adds, to which she replied: "I forgive you..."
But later she complained she "thought they were friends" during another exchange.
Bella’s performance left the coaches mesmerised, and moved Guy to tears as he reassured her it is ok to put her gift into the world.
"I just have to say you could be on any stage. That voice is sublime," Guy cooed, adding he also performed in church.
"I would absolutely kill to have you on my team. I think you have a future and I want to be part of it.
"I can see that humility; I can see that love for your gift and it is beautiful. There’s no ego in it."
Fellow coach Keith Urban called Bella's voice "Beautiful", while Rita said: "I will never, probably ever, forget this audition. Honestly that was a truly amazing performance."
With Jess out of the frame, Bella eventually went on to choose Guy as her coach for the season, with plenty of viewers believing the cheeky move may have won Guy the show.
"Pretty sure Guy has just won the comp!! She is freaking amazing," one person said on Twitter.
"Guy has just won the whole thing I reckon!! Absolutely gorgeous job Bella," another agreed.
Jess was sceptical when Guy promised he wouldn’t block her again, but with the competition this strong, revenge might prove the best strategy.
The Voice continues 7.30pm Monday and Tuesday on Channel 7 and 7plus.
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