WATCH: Tanner Linford Sings ‘When You Say Nothing At All’ Blind Auditions The Voice USA 2014 Season 7

Last season after a particularly pitchy performance of Rihanna‘s “Stay,” Tanner Linford unfortunately was unable to turn any chairs. This year he came back and almost was unable to get any coach interest until the last second, thanks to Blake Shelton.

Judging teenage performers are difficult, because the primary tone in Linford’s voice was just youthfulness. He had female vibes about him (all the judges thought he was a girl) and he just sounded like a 17-year-old. Luckily, his turn on “When You Say Nothing At All” had appropriate emotion and control, and Linford was able to get right a spot on Team Blake.