Sundance Head Reveals Why He Chose Blake Shelton to Coach Him on ‘The Voice’
The Voice contestant Sundance Head very nearly went with another judge during his audition for this season of the hit reality singing competition.
The Texas-based singer impressed the judges with a soulful cover of Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long" that had two of them fighting to get him on their teams.
"To be honest, I was going to choose Adam [Levine] if he had turned around for me. But when the bullets were flying, I kind of just -- I’m not sure how I chose Blake [Shelton]," he told reporters on a conference call (quote via MJ's Big Blog).
"I intended to choose Adam and then I started thinking about all the success that Blake’s had in the business and he’s pretty much done everything at this point that I would like to do. He’s such a beautiful human being, a wonderful person, and he’s just happy all the time and he’s got such a positive energy and I wanted to try and capture some of that if it was possible."
Head first came to many fans' attention in 2007, when he competed on American Idol. He made it into the Top 16 before washing out, and scored a recording contract, but never wound up releasing any of the material he recorded. In retrospect, he says he wasn't prepared to capitalize on the exposure he got from the show.
"I really feel like I squandered the opportunities that I had on American Idol. I was unprepared," he admits. "I definitely was not ready for what went down. I think that they spent a lot of time trying to help me out and trying to guide me in the right direction. At the same note, I was a little bit naive about the whole process and I should’ve paid more attention to what the show was trying to advise me to do as far as leadership."
He feels like his run on The Voice could be very different.
"The difference that I can see is they [help] the artists and the performers to grow and go out of their way to try to give you outstanding advice and leadership. It was probably done that same way during the Idol show. I just, like I said, was immature and unprepared as a human being for that whole experience. And I’m really thankful this time that I’m going to get another shot. And I hope that this time, I can do things correctly."
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