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The Voice 2013: Blake Shelton Brings Fresh Country Flair to the Competition

Though we weren’t big fans of Blake Shelton’s country bias in the beginning of The Voice 2013, his favoritism definitely paid off in this week’s first set of live shows. Amidst a song list of music competition clichés like “Against All Odds,” “True Colors,” and “Feeling Good,” Blake sprinkled in lesser-known country hits.

On May 7, the night started out boring enough with Holly Tucker’s rendition of LeAnn Rimes’s “How Do I Live.” But things quickly took a turn for the interesting when The Swon Brothers took to the stage singing “Fishin’ in the Dark” by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. That’s right, we’re going way back to some country classics.

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Staying in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s, Blake gave his now-eliminated contestant Justin Rivers “Meet Me in the Middle” by Diamond Rio. And to close out the night he gave teen hopeful Danielle Bradbery early-‘90s hit “Maybe It Was Memphis” by Pam Tillis.

All of the other coaches admitted numerous times that they weren’t familiar with the tunes, and Blake finally knew songs they didn’t! More notable than Blake’s personal victory over his fellow coaches is his ability to bring back some iconic country hits to a national platform.

Danielle’s cover reached No. 5 on the general iTunes charts by the end of voting and No.1 on the country charts, beating Blake’s new single “Boys ‘Round Here.”

We commend the coach for showing off his vast knowledge of country music and for saving us from yet another Bruno Mars song.

What do you think of Blake’s song choices this week? Tell us below!