Season 9 of The Voice kicked off Monday night, and some of the show’s contestants have already managed to score the enviable four-chair turn from the judges during the Blind Auditions. Country singer James Dupré did just that Tuesday evening when he took the stage with Hootie and the Blowfish’s “Let Her Cry.”
All four judges — Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Pharrell Williams — hit their red buttons for Dupré, but the fight came down to the country star and Maroon 5 lead singer, who even gave the Voice hopeful a standing ovation. During the post-performance deliberation, Dupré was asked to sing a few bars of his favorite Stevie Wonder song, at which point he delivered a smooth, sincere cut of “Overjoyed,” sealing his fate as one to watch in the competition.
Dupré, who previously held a recording contract with Warner Music Group, ultimately chose Team Adam, a huge asset to Levine’s lineup, and a personal victory for the singer who aimed to steal away a country artist from Shelton. But Dupré has already proven that he’s more than just a country singer, with an ability to dominate in a dynamic assortment of genres and ranges.
Watch Dupré’s audition above.
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The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.