The newest season of The Voice premiered Monday night with the first batch of blind auditions. As we saw with last month's preview of 17-year-old Wé McDonald's audition, age doesn't always predict a contestant's song choice or singing style. While Wé chose to channel Nina Simone, 16-year-old Riley Elmore took inspiration from Frank Sinatra, performing "The Way You Look Tonight" with the voice of a true crooner.
Adam Levine was the first to take note of Riley's talent, turning his chair almost immediately. Blake Shelton quickly followed suit. Then it was time for the two coaches to make their cases for why Riley should pick them. Adam mentioned the "soft spot" he has in his heart for the song, which he says he sings "once a week." Blake, meanwhile, name-dropped his friend, Michael Bublé.
Then Adam decided to hop on stage and start the coaching process early by singing a few lines of the song himself as a demonstration before throwing it to Riley.
"Man, you gotta loosen up," Adam told him. "Pretend you've had a few drinks, even though I know you haven't, because you're not 21 and that wouldn't be cool."
When asked by coach Miley Cyrus about his choice to sing the classics at such a young age, Riley said, "This is definitely the lane that I want to be in, because it's unique." In the end, he chose Adam to help him bring that unique talent as far as possible.