Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice coach Adam Levine has stolen our hearts with his oddly sensual singing voice and his attractive … well, everything. In fact, one of the best parts about watching the NBC singing competition is just looking at his beautiful face and tattooed arms. But I digress.
Levine is the second-most successful coach on the show — behind his bromantic partner, Blake Shelton. That means he does a pretty good job of coaching his contestants on what it takes to be a star. But also it means he picks (or steals) some of the best candidates during the blind auditions.
So, if you’re auditioning for The Voice — even if it’s just in your dreams — here’s what you have to do to snag Levine’s attention:
Do a fresh take
Got a unique voice? If so, you’re halfway there. Levine tends to fight hardest for those who (like Melanie Martinez of Season 3) don’t sound like anyone but themselves. Unless, of course, they sound like Lorde or Lana Del Rey — that’s cool too. Pick a song you love and perform a fresh and one-of-a-kind cover that nobody else has done. He’ll be eating out of the palm of your hand.
But don’t make it too different
Here’s the thing, though: Even if you do an unusual cover, you still have to make sure the song isn’t too far from the original. If nobody can recognize what you’re singing, you run the risk of Levine saying the thing that all prospective contestants fear most: “You have potential, but …” The good news? He’d say it in a totally positive way.
Have a big crescendo moment
Nothing makes the coaches more likely to turn around more than an epic vocal moment. If your audition is going well — but not great — throw in some vocal acrobatics à la Christina Aguilera. Then watch gleefully as four chairs turn your way.
Sing show tunes
Despite his rugged appearance, Levine is actually a big fan of show tunes. Break out some Rent or a little Phantom of the Opera, and he’ll be in audition heaven.