It may seem like an unlikely pairing…but it’s the right one. As a country singer on ‘The Voice,’ James Dupre made the shocking decision to choose Adam Levine as his coach over Blake Shelton, but I happen to think it was one of the smartest moves ever made on the show. Here’s why.
Blake Shelton isn’t the only one who can make a country singer famous, you guys! Contestants on The Voice who want to be in the country music biz are naturally inclined to choose the “Gonna” singer as their coach, but this season, James Dupre made a calculated decision by choosing Adam Levine instead. And, as we saw from his Battle Round performance on Oct. 12…it’s definitely paying off!
Okay, so yes — Blake has produced three country-singing winners on this show (Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery and Craig Wayne Boyd), and he also had country acts finish in 2nd (Josh Worthington) and 3rd place (The Swon Brothers). But think about all the southern singers on his team who haven’t made it that far! It’s no secret that country music is what Blake knows best, so it’s not a surprise that he’d want to fill his team up with artists of that genre, but it’s easy for many great singers to get lost in the shuffle that way.
So, James took a different approach. Adam and Blake spent the entire Sept. 22 episode of the show going head-to-head over country singers during the Blind Auditions, with Blake nabbing all of them for his team — until the very end, when James opted for Team Adam after a four-chair turn. The Maroon 5 frontman doesn’t hold back when he’s gunning for contestants he wants, and he fought hard for James. Plus, the dude is known to keep singers around who he’s had a connection with from the beginning, and it’s likely he won’t forget James’ shocking decision to choose him over Blake.
Rather than choosing to be one of several country singers on Blake’s team, James decided to be a stand-out on Team Adam, and that’s just what he was in his Battle Round match against Dustin Monk. Sure, maybe Adam doesn’t have as many connections in the direction of the industry James wants to go, but he offers the father of four the opportunity to take his voice in a whole new direction, while still staying grounded in his southern roots. And, don’t forget — Blake can always steal James in the Knockout Round if Adam decides to let him go!
HollywoodLifers, do you think James made the right choice by picking Adam? Do you think he’ll go far in the competition?
— Alyssa Norwin