As blind auditions continue and the judges keep on building their teams of eight, Lucca took advantage of some of his downtime to stop by EW for a performance of his original song “Death of Me” and size up his competition, which comes courtesy of fellow mentors Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, and Cee Lo Green.
“It’s really hard to say this year. These are some of the most serious singers on the planet,” he says, pointing to this year’s crop of singers, many of whom, like Lucca, have had long careers in the independent music market. “[We’ve] been on the sidelines of the reality TV show, vocal competitions — the American Idols. Then this show comes along and you see that they’re actually featuring that and excited about shedding light on artist’s careers. Now, we’ve come out of the woodwork… all these semi-professional singers are chomping at the bit to get a chance at this.”
That distinction, says Lucca, who never auditioned for American Idol, is why he decided to turn to a reality competition show after years of avoiding the method. “The right format has finally come along. I can get with [this]. I’m not going to go get laughed at or made fun of or ridiculed [on] international TV. This is a legitimate artist development opportunity. Who would pass that up?”
More from Lucca below, including snippets from his performance at EW.