Team Blake Star from Upstate Blasts Through On ‘The Voice’
We've been singing his praises ever since his blind audition debuted on NBC's The Voice nearly a month ago, and on Monday night during the battle rounds the #TeamBlake star from Saugerties did not disappoint.
Ian Flanigan, the 30 year-old country/bluegrass singer from Saugerties went heads-up versus Team Blake contestant Aaron Scott, 37. Both performers gave it their all singing "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Shelton says he chose the song because it "lands right in the middle of what they both do."
Blake Shelton, along with fellow country star Kane Brown as a mentor, worked with both contestants during the week to prep them for the big night. After both contestants got their rehearsals and advice from the stars, it was time for them to hit the stage and reach for theirs.
Flanigan played guitar while both contestants traded vocals back and forth the 1970's classic written by the great John Fogerty and performed by CCR. Right from the outset it was obvious that the Saugerties native had the more powerful vocal. And it was clear as can be that the Creedence hit was his lane.
When it was all said and done, Blake Shelton made the final call on the fate of the two men saying that, "Ian has one of the most unique voices he's ever heard on The Voice" and advanced him to the next round. Flanigan will appear next on The Voice in the knockout rounds in the near future.