Worcester singer Ricky Duran returned to NBC’s The Voice on Monday for the battle round of the singing competition series and didn’t disappoint.
Duran squared off against Marina Chello while they sang
SEE VIDEO BELOW: Ricky Duran Battles and Wins
Country music star Blake Shelton chose Duran over Chello to continue on to the show’s knockout rounds.
helton, and Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend.
After their performance, Shelton said, “Ricky is a star. He’s going to be a threat to everyone in this competition. I love his voice and I love the way he gets lost in the moment. Moving forward, we got to find more songs that he can apply that kind of talent to.”
Shelton used his only “save” on Chello, allowing her to continue on to the Knockout Rounds with Duran.
Prior to their performance, Duran and Chello were coached by Shelton and country star Darius Rucker, Shelton’s team “mentor”.
About Duran, Rucker said, “Ricky’s one of those guys that I hate because I want to sing like that. Every time he opened his mouth, whatever came out was perfect. Ricky is a star.”
Shelton said, “The thing that I love about Ricky is hes got tons of gravel in his voice. And he’s also got that thing about him when he performs that you just want to see more.”
Duran’s performance during the show’s auditions turned the chairs of all four coaches within less than 30 seconds into his song.
Here’s video of the Duran’s performance on Monday night:
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