There should be no doubt that Cody Belew can saaang (remember his heartbreaking cover of “Jolene?”), but The Voice artist was never one to just stand on stage with a mic in his hand. He was all about taking risks and showing off the big performer in him– whether that meant falling silent for a solo dance moment or jumping on top of a piano. It’s also what made he and his coach CeeLo Green kindred spirits.
“I’d been begging to do a ballad and just to stand still, and I understand that I’m the guy who delivers the other end of the musical spectrum, but that’s definitely coming up,” Belew said of his life post-The Voice when LA TV Insider Examiner talked with him during the Top 8 this week in Los Angeles.
“I do know– and I have been stressing– this is about the voice. Yes, I can do all these things, but I can do that, too! Just like all of your favorite pop icons, they’ll get out there and kill something and then just sit on a stool with a single spot. I just haven’t had the opportunity to do that.”
The last number Belew ended up leaving America with, though, may have been showy, but it was still chock full of emotion and heart, just like Belew himself. Taking on Freddie Mercury was a big moment for Belew, who looks up to him as an artist and who has modeled some of his own style after him.
“I was definitely proud,” Belew said of “Somebody to Love,” which ended up being his final The Voice number.
“It really was an homage because I had never, honestly, sat down with the lyrics of that song and really studied them. The opening line is “Each day I wake up, I die a little,” and to know where he was in his life, he had all he had and he had all these fans, but he was still wanting somebody to love. It was hard. I kept crying when I was singing it.”
The first thing coach Green said about Belew after his elimination from the show was that he hoped he didn’t lose his number. In the past, Green has proven his loyalty to his team members by bringing them on stage with him in concert and his television specials (in fact, present and former Team CeeLo members reunite with Green for his upcoming NBC holiday special). Belew had no doubt he could lean on his coach down the line, even if for something as simple as finding representation, which Belew admitted he still had to do.
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