Rihanna took her talents to The Voice last night to give the contestants singing advice and share a wealth of industry knowledge from her years in the business and, as expected, she made us laugh and swoon in the process.
Bad gal Ri-Ri, who is still hard at work on her long-awaited eighth studio album, ANTI, joined Voice coaches Gwen Stefani, Pharrell, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as a key advisor to the 32 contestants who prepared for the “Knockout Round.” Immediately, the Bajan beauty had everybody (Voice coaches included) on fan mode as she got acclimated to the big red button and its matching spin-around chair.
In a two-minute clip from the episode, one of the first to be advised by the “American Oxygen” singer was a young man and definite member of the #RihannaNavy as he wanted to hug her not once, but twice and for an extended period of time each time.
“Hey Rihanna! I’m sorry, it’s so good to see you,” he said. After squeeze #1 ended, the hopeful went in for more. “Rih, can I have one more hug please? Please? Bring it in, bring it in, bring it in! You’re tall,” he finished.
Once the final embrace ended, Rih literally put the contestant in his place by telling him that for the best lighting, he needed to take a couple steps back. “If you want good light, that’s where you should stand,” she said. The man quickly picked up on the bad gal’s swerve game and obliged. “In other words, ‘Get away from me,'” he said before he, Pharrell and Rihanna busted out in laughter.
Next, it was back to business as Rih helped a female contestant channel her inner sexy. As she demonstrated how to do so by sensually caressing her curly strawberry blonde hair, Rihanna told the young woman, “Be in the music, get lost to the music. Fantasize about the perfect man ’cause it’s a fantasy. It’s not real.” Apparently, it was real enough for Pharrell as he looked directly into the camera and proudly stated, “I love my job!”
Rihanna also offered vocal advice to a 16-year-old contestant from Dallas, Madi Davis. Encouraging he to take full advantage of her range, the pop star advised her to “round her voice out, and even gave an example of what she meant. If all else fails, the show is turning into proof that Ms. Fenty may have a future in the talent management business.
Watch Rihanna say it like she means it on The Voice below: