WATCH: Detroit auto worker brings down the house on 'The Voice,' gets John Legend out of his seat

October 27, 2020
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An auto assembly line worker from Detroit just gave the performance of his life on "The Voice," even getting John Legend to rise from his seat during a silky smooth rendition of Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin."

Rio Souma, 28, was born and raised in Detroit and currently works at Chrysler.

Three of the four judges turned their chair after his song -- including John Legend, Kelly Clarkston and Gwen Stefani, a signal of approval. Clarkston said he had an "incredible gift," while Stefani said it was "perfect."

As for himself. Souma gave the crowd a glimpse of factory life, saying, “I’m currently a production assembly man at Chrysler. I’ve been there the last three years. The car floats above us and they travel on a conveyer belt and that carries the shell. Every 45 seconds a new car comes and I drill in the fuel tank.”

But would he give it up for a life of fame, fortune and musical performances? Um, yes. “I like working at the plant," Souma said on the show that aired Monday night. "It’s great money. It’s a job a lot of people in this city covet, but it’s just not where my heart is. I’ve been wanting to do music for so long I’m willing to leave my job for it if I have to."

By the end of the episode, Souma joined "Team Legend," so the legendary vocalist will guide him through the competition. Watch "The Voice" at 8 p.m. Tuesdays on NBC or an a variety of streaming channels HERE.

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