Blake Shelton was floored when these two "The Voice" contestants slayed this classic hit The Voice/YouTube screenshot
The Voice/YouTube screenshot

On Oct. 18, country-tinged guitar slingers Austin Allsup and Preston James went head-to-head during a fierce battle round on season 11 of NBC’s hit show “The Voice.”

Together, the contestants channeled Creedence Clearwater Revival’s classic hit “Bad Moon Rising.”

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As you can see in the video above, a fedora-hatted Austin, sporting a stylish jacket, blows the coaches away with his raucous voice. But, 16-year-old Preston swoops in for the chorus and proves to audience members that he’s got all of the ingredients to stay in the competition. The two talented Team Blake members continue to belt out lyrics back and forth until the endnote when they’re joined together by stunning harmony.

Aside from their killer CCR rendition, Austin and Preston come from similar backgrounds. In fact, they’re both the product of industry legacies. Preston is the godson of Naomi Judd — one half of dynamic mother-daughter duo The Judds. And, Austin’s father, Tommy Allsup, is a musician who once performed with the one and only, late Buddy Holly.

“I love how you both have your own style,” coach Alicia Keys praised following the performance. “Austin, that note that you first hit was spot on. And, Preston, I love the way that you are in your swag.”

“I don’t know, nobody wins,” added Miley, believing that both singers did their part to secure their spot on Team Blake. Adam Levine, too, added that they were both great.

Ultimately, Blake had to make the tough decision on whom would stay. Applauding both singers he said, “You guys did incredible. Preston definitely is on the fast track [to success]. But, if I had just done what you two just did, I’d be like, ‘Man, I just nailed it!'”


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Despite raving over Preston’s age, Blake chose Austin. But, he didn’t just say goodbye to the promising teenager. Instead, he took to Twitter letting Preston know that he still believed in his craft. He wrote, “I meant what I said about you being on the fast track, Preston. You take that guitar and that hair and go tear up Nashville!”


Be sure to keep up with “The Voice” at 8 p.m. ET on Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC. The Knockout Rounds begin next week.

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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