James Irwin and Matt Cermanski Sings “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic
On October 21, Team Adam Levine contestants James Irwin and Matt Cermanski crooned a duet to “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic. Adam paired the “comeback kids” together as they both auditioned last season and did not make it through. At rehearsals, mentor (and OneRepublic lead singer) Ryan Tedder advised James to push through with the song and not rely on “sitting on the lyrics.”
Matt initially came into rehearsals feeling intimidated and requested that he sing the song in a lower key, but was surprised when he learned he didn’t have to change the song at all. At their final rehearsal, Matt started to come into his own voice, and even putting aside his guitar to perform.
Both “comeback kids” took the stage, battling to the indie pop song. Blake Shelton thought both singers had the same strengths and weaknesses in their performances, but thought James won the battle with his pitch. Coach Cee Lo Green agreed with Blake, while Christina Aguilera thought that Matt had a stronger finish.
However, when Adam had to choose a winner, he noted that both singers needed work, but ultimately named James the victor.
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