by Robert Bell
In last night's final round of blind auditions on NBC's "The Voice," Beebe native Cody Belew gave a rousing rendition of the Otis Redding tune "Hard to Handle" (also notably covered by The Black Crowes), impressing Coach Cee Lo Green, who at the last moment chose Belew as the final member of his team, Team Cee Lo.
This development understandably caused some considerable amount of excitement for Belew, who proceeded to pretty much freak out, rushing over to give Green a bear hug and unfurling some pretty good cussin' and shoutin' as well.
"That's the best reaction we've ever heard ever from any contestant on the show," said Coach Adam Levine. "You curse more than I do."
After the introductions, Green asked Belew whether he was more moved by Redding's original version of "Hard to Handle" or the Crowes' take.
"Well Otis Redding has always spoken to me, but The Black Crowes allows me to move my hips a little bit more, which you didn't get to see. But that's my favorite thing to do is to entertain the crowd with a little bit of bam-bam," Belew said, pumping said hips in a provocative manner that elicited some uncharacteristic giggles from the normally stoic Coach Christina Aguilera.
You can buy Belew's version of "Hard to Handle" on iTunes.
After the jump, watch the clip of Belew's performance, as well as his post-show comments.