If you’re watching the 11th season of “The Voice,” airing Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC, here’s what you need to know: Idaho is a Team Blake state.
Ethan Tucker, who grew up in Twin Falls and has performed in Boise several times, sang during “Blind Auditions” on Tuesday. Smiling confidently, the 26-year-old uncorked a reggae-charged, raspy-voiced take on The Police’s 1978 hit “Roxanne.”
Country singer Blake Shelton and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, listening with their backs to the stage, were visibly impressed. “I thought he was from the islands somewhere,” Shelton said afterward. “Wow!”
Both celebrities lobbied to become Tucker’s coach. In somewhat of a surprise move, Tucker went country and chose Team Blake. But only after Shelton noted, “I do have some serious connections in that reggae/ska world these days.” Shelton, of course, is boyfriend to former “The Voice” coach Gwen Stefani of No Doubt fame.
After working with the Nashville star, Tucker will be showcased again on “The Voice” sometime in October.
Tucker, who was born in Olympia, Wash., moved back there a few years ago to be closer to family. But the Twin Falls High School graduate has plenty of Gem State history. He started performing as a teenager in Twin Falls. Boise concert fans might remember Tucker opening for Michael Franti, Ziggy Marley and G. Love at past Treasure Valley concerts. He has toured with Franti, Slightly Stoopid and Jimmy Cliff as an opening act.
This week’s “Blind Auditions” episodes of “The Voice” were prerecorded in Los Angeles, as was the coming “Battles” episode that will feature Tucker in October. If he makes it far enough, he will sing live on national television during the final “Live Shows” competition, which will include voting by the TV audience.