On the Season 13 premiere episode of The Voice, new coach Jennifer Hudson joins Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. All four are impressed when they hear the Blind Audition of Chris Weaver who sings “Try a Little Tenderness.” JHud is so impressed, she asks for Miley Cyrus’ shoe so she can throw it on stage. Chris Weaver knows what it means. JHud threw a shoe at him two years ago at a Color Purple party where he performed for her.
Throwing a shoe on stage is a sign of respect. And it ain’t new, especially on televised talent shows. In 2011, when Lady Gaga was a judge on So You Think You Can Dance, she was so moved by a performance that she cried and threw her shoe on stage. She explained that it’s a sign of respect in the dance world (video below). And apparently, on The Voice, it doesn’t have to be a shoe. When JHud heard Brooke Simpson sing “Stone Cold,” she threw her notebook on stage. That said, throwing a shoe at a politician means something different. The Voice airs Mondays at 8pm on NBC.