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‘The Voice’ judge Blake Shelton tried to bribe Utah contestant with a puppy

Blake Shelton used the puppy ploy to combat Nick Jonas

Blake Shelton uses a puppy in ‘The Voice’ season 18 premiere.
Blake Shelton uses a puppy in ‘The Voice’ season 18 premiere.
Trae Patton, NBC

Blake Shelton isn’t messing around on “The Voice” season 18, as he tried to use a puppy to sway a Utah singer into joining his team over Team Nick Jonas.

What happened?

  • Shelton tried to trick 16-year-old singer Tate Brusa (who is from Salt Lake City) into joining his team after Jonas tried to snag Brusa first.
  • Brusa earned the judges attention after singing Ed Sheeran’s song “Perfect.” Jonas and Shelton both turned their seats.
  • Jonas tried to persuade Brusa to join his team by playing a guitar and letting Brusa sing again.
  • Shelton did something else — he brought up a puppy named Snowflake out to persuade Brusa to join him.
  • Shelton said: “Tate, I want you to know that if you don’t choose me as your coach, this puppy is gonna go straight back to the animal shelter.”
  • Tate still chose Team Jonas.

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