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Jon Peter Lewis of Midas Whale Talks His Time on American Idol vs. The Voice

Some viewers may have been too busy laughing and tapping their toes during folk duo Midas Whale’s performance on The Voice Season 4 blind auditions to notice a familiar face. Jon Peter Lewis, who makes up half of the group (in addition to Ryan Hayes), actually made it to the Top 8 on American Idol Season 3.

Now the singer is back with a new look and ready to try a whole new sound and style. The duo’s rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” earned them a four-chair turn from the coaches before they landed on Team Adam Levine.

Wetpaint Entertainment got a chance to chat with JPL on a conference call the day after his audition aired where he talked about his experiences on both shows and this new chapter in his life.

“I was hesitant to audition for The Voice having been through a reality singing competition before, but something my experience has taught me is that it’s a phenomenal platform,” Jon told us. “And I liked the idea of doing something new. Something that wasn’t really about me, but about a duo.”

And thus far, Jon has been impressed with his treatment on The Voice.

“So far what I love about The Voice is the way that they treat their contestants,” he continued. “There’s a very supportive atmosphere here for contestants. You don’t have to stress out about getting in front of a judge who might ridicule you for millions of people to watch. It’s an atmosphere that I think is very conducive for good music.”

This time around, Jon hopes to put the spotlight on this new venture rather than on himself. And this duo is definitely new. In fact, Jon and Ryan only met a few years ago when Ryan was creating a folk/rock opera.

But they’re in it for the long haul. When asked what he hopes to accomplish this time, Jon replied, “To win! I would love to accomplish that.”

We’ll see what we can do.

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03.28.2013 / 12:43 AM EDT by Rachel McRady
Related: The Voice, American Idol, News, The Voice 2013, Midas Whale

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