Country music is clearly influencing both judges and contestants alike on NBC’s The Voice.
Although country music has been consistently well represented on NBC’s hit reality show The Voice, the impact of the genre has never been more apparent than this season.
Corey Kent White, the only purely country contestant left on the series, celebrated a successful performance of George Strait‘s classic “Unwound,” which he had attempted on a previous episode only to forget the lyrics mid-performance.
“I don’t think I’ll ever forgive myself for that!” White told Rolling Stone Country of his lyrical flub.
White’s fellow contestants may not be purely country-oriented artists, but still seem to be influenced by the genre. Koryn Hawthorne was quoted as saying she’d love to cover “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean, while fellow Team Pharrell contestant Sawyer Fredericks would choose Jason Isbell‘s “Cover Me Up.”
Team Blake contestant Meghan Linsey is still a big favorite with country fans, even though she’s currently going for a more soul-influenced sound. She’s a former member of the country group Steel Magnolias and still has strong support from her country peers.
“I did ‘Girl Crush’ a couple of weeks ago, and Little Big Town was so supportive. They tweeted about me, they reached out,” Linsey told Rolling Stone Country. “Kimberly from the band texted me right afterwards, and sent me a little gift in the mail — her new cookbook and a thank you card. I felt so loved by the community in Nashville.”
Linsey’s coach Blake Shelton also left the judge’s chair and went onstage to perform a stripped-down version of his 2013 hit “Sure Be Cool If You Did.” This week, Shelton will share his newest single, “Sangria,” and Lee Brice will stop by to perform his current hit, “Drinking Class,” during the week’s results show.
Fellow coach Christina Aguilera is also enjoying her own foray into country music, thanks to her guest role as “Jade St. John” on ABC’s drama Nashville. She performed her character’s song “Shotgun” on last week’s episode of The Voice, which ended up beating Shelton’s “Sangria” on the digital country charts.
“If I can’t beat him on The Voice,” Aguilera said playfully, “at least I can beat him in his own genre on the country charts.”
The Voice can be seen Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm EST on NBC.