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Standing in front of the coaches on NBC’s “The Voice” can be a tall order, but contestant Dennis Drummond proved to be more than up to the task.




The 27-year-old Nashville native, who stands at an imposing height of six feet, eight inches, performed the Black Crowes hit “She Talks to Angels,” for his blind audition on Oct. 9.

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With his guitar and a bluesy set of vocals, Dennis got show veterans and longtime rivals Adam Levine and Blake Shelton to turn their chairs around. He also got his mama, who waited in the wings, to tear up over his emotional delivery.

After Dennis’ performance, Adam and Blake were left to battle it out in hopes of landing the aspiring star on their teams. In doing so, they tried to take each other down with insults.

“Do you know what band that song’s by?” Adam asked Blake.

“Black Crowes. Do you know what state Nashville is in?” Blake quipped back.

But, of course, it didn’t take long for the coaches to direct their attention to Dennis.

“I just felt connected to you right away. So I turned around, and then I was mad because this nitwit turned around,” Adam explained. “But, this is an old school battle, and we’re going to fight over you, and hopefully you’ll realize I clearly am the one for you to work with.”

“I’m clearly in the lane of more traditional country music,” Blake added. “I know you’re a Nashville guy. It’s an interesting community, and I love the fact that there’s different genres coming there and coming out of there.”

As Dennis and Adam then talked over guitar chords and tuning, Blake became a little uneasy about the singer’s final decision. In the end, the towering hopeful went with what he felt was right.

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“I appreciate y’all, ya know, turning around and saying these nice things,” Dennis said. “But I’m going to have to say, I’m going to go with my gut with this. I’m going to have to pick Blake.”

The six-foot-five Blake then jumped out of his chair to embrace Dennis. And, much like his new protégé’s career track, Blake was looking up.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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