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Nakia Takes on Adam Lambert’s ‘Whataya Want From Me’ on ‘The Voice’

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After being saved from elimination by his coach Cee Lo Green earlier in the show, Nakia put his own spin on former ‘American Idol‘ runner-up Adam Lambert‘s ‘Whataya Want From Me’ on tonight’s episode of ‘The Voice.’

‘My first reaction is like, ‘Oh no, I ain’t singing that,’ Nakia told Cee Lo when he heard he’d have to sing the Adam Lambert tune. And we were thinking the same thing: Why is ‘The Voice’ giving Nakia a song made popular by a former ‘American Idol’ contestant? Aren’t the shows supposed to be competing against each other?

Nonetheless, Nakia warmed up to the song, eventually saying he related to the lyrics. The burly bluesman then appeared onstage in a ‘Saturday Night Fever’ white suit and black shirt. He started off ‘Whataya Want From Me’ seated at the piano, but then got up and violently kicked away the bench. He made his way over to the crowd and finished singing the tune amid the audience’s raised hands.

Adam Levine told Nakia that he never heard the song before, but imagined that Nakia performed it better than the original. Cee Lo then told Nakia after the performance that “I want you to win.”

Watch Nakia Perform ‘Whataya Want From Me’ on ‘The Voice’

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