'The Voice': Kenzie Wheeler Dominates Battle Round with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Cover

 Contestant Kenzie Wheeler first blew all four coaches away on the 20th season of The Voice with his incredible cover of Keith Whitley's "Don't Close Your Eyes." Especially Kelly Clarkson who couldn't stop yelling "Please, pick me!" as soon as the song was finished. But it wasn't just Clarkson who was a fan of Wheeler's performance...the country singer ended up getting an impressive four-chair turn. 

The Dover, Florida native had Blake Shelton kick off the feedback, explaining that he was the last to turn (even though it didn't count) because Clarkson had blocked him. He also said that Wheeler had a "triple threat mullet...the rarest of all mullets," pointing out the combination of the rare widow's peak and shaved sides, made Wheeler a "unicorn." Something the singer has in common with Coach Blake who was known for rocking the hairstyle in his early Nashville days.

Next up was Nick Jonas (who replaced Gwen Stefani as a coach) who said, "Kenzie, nothing has brought me more pleasure than hearing your voice and seeing that beautiful blocked symbol," pointing over to Blake. He and Kelly had both tried to use their one block in order to steal Wheeler from Shelton, they were so impressed with his performance. Jonas argued that he was a young man himself and with an endorsement from Blake felt he was the best choice.

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John Legend argued that he might not seem like the natural choice for a country artist, but had a female country singer on his team the previous season who had made it to the live performances under his coaching. But literally, no one was more excited to provide feedback than Kelly who had been standing up bouncing since the performance ended. 

"I have won The Voice with two country singers...I'm just sayin'" she began. "I just used my only block on him (Shelton) and since he's not an option Kenzie, I'm just saying..."

The coaches continued to argue their causes with Blake even jumping in and pointing at Nick as his choice but of course, it was Kenzie's choice on which coach he wanted to work with. Is it any surprise that he picked Team Kelly? She is pretty much as close to working with country music icon Blake Shelton as he could get and she was clearly incredibly passionate about working with him. We can't wait to follow along with Wheeler's journey on the singing competition!

As Wheeler moved into the battle rounds, he proved that he is definitely one to beat in the singing competition. He was paired up against JD Casper to perform Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Fishin' in the Dark" and he was just as impressive as his blind audition. Shelton really put it best when he noted that Wheeler, "dumped himself into that vocal performance." He was so country it felt like the song was his own.

It really wasn't a surprise that Clarkson's stand-in Kelsea Ballerini named Wheeler the winner of the battle. She even added that part of his charm is that he doesn't know how good he is and she hopes he never does. She also made him pinky promise not to shave his mullet ever and we have to agree. Can't wait to see how Wheeler does in the next round of the competition!

This article was originally published on March 2, 2021. It was updated on April 13, 2021. 

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'The Voice': Kenzie Wheeler Dominates Battle Round with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Cover