After winning his battle round on Monday night, Harlan native Jordan Smith is moving forward on the ninth season of “The Voice.”
Smith is a member of Team Adam and was paired with teammate Regina Love on Monday night’s show. The duo sang Sam Smith’s “Like I Can” and their performance brought all four judges out of their seats.
Coach Blake Shelton was the first to comment, saying “I feel like we are at the Grammys.”
Coach Pharrell Williams echoed Shelton’s praise adding “That was a really masterful performance.”
Coach Gwen Stefani complimented both singers on their ability, saying “It is just shocking to me, the ability that you both have.”
Team Adam Coach Levine echoed Stefani’s observation on the duo saying, “They are both very powerful singers… I am starting to feel dumb for putting you together.”
Levine finally announced Smith as the winner, saying “I gotta go with what I feel, the winner of this battle is Jordan.”
After Levine announced Smith as the winner, the coaches had the chance to ‘steal’ Love for their team. Stefani was quick to claim Love, who is now a member of Team Gwen.
Levine went on to say he believes Smith has a chance to win the show.
In less than 24 hours, Smith’s battle round performance has already had over 124,000 Youtube views. Smith’s audition video has already reached over 10 million views — and this number increases on a daily basis.
In an interview on Tuesday, Smith expressed gratitude to all of his fans — especially those in Harlan, Bell and surrounding counties.
“I am extremely grateful for everyone’s support,” said Smith. “It has just been overwhelming.”
The knockout rounds are not scheduled until the end of October, so for now Smith is spending time at home in Harlan. He says he has taken a semester off from college while he is participating in the show, and he is currently enjoying being back home, spending time with his family and girlfriend, and attending church in between shooting for the show.
Smith says the mountains of Appalachia have made him who he is today.
“I am very proud to be from these mountains,” said Smith. “I am who I am because of it.”
Smith has also been doing school visits, talking to kids about his experiences on the show.
You may follow Smith’s progress on his Facebook page and also on Twitter. You can now download his performance on iTunes. Watch The Voice on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.
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