During the premiere episode of the 20th season of “The Voice” on Monday (March 1), coach Blake Shelton was chosen by young singer Cam Anthony to be his mentor. Anthony was the first of the contestants in the popular singing competition to join the country star’s team.
Anthony, who is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, performed the song, “Lay Me Down.”
Cam Anthony was famous before he appeared on “The Voice” thanks to his YouTube videos. He appeared on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” and was also invited to the White House.
While there, he met President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. He also performed for them at the annual Easter Egg Roll. Anthony said President Obama referred to his voice as “phenomenal”
“(President Obama) is dope; he’s dope,” Anthony added. “… It was a breathtaking experience.”
Also during the segment, Anthony said he was hoping coach John Legend would turn his chair while he is singing.
“The most important thing for myself is to remember that this is where everything changes,” he added.
Blake Shelton, Other Coaches Impressed by Cam Anthony’s Performance
As Cam Anthony was singing “Lay Me Down,” coaches Nick Jonas and John Legend turned their chairs around almost simultaneously. However, Jonas blocked Legend from choosing Anthony for his team. Blake Shelton was the next judge to turn to face the singer as he performed.
Anthony concluded his performance and both Jonas and Shelton made their cases for why he should choose to be on their team.
“I would be honored for you to be on Team Blake and I will keep that lane open for you,” Shelton said. “I will not pick anybody else that’s in his lane musically.”
“That’s a big promise,” coach Kelly Clarkson then said.
Shelton also appealed to Anthony’s mother to get her son on his team. After the back-and-forth between the judges, Anthony chose to be a member of Team Blake.
Blake Shelton shared his excitement to have Cam Anthony on his team via Twitter after the singer chose to join his team. “Let’s do this @CamAnthony! Your lane on #TeamBlake is all yours buddy! #TheVoice,” Shelton tweeted.
You can see more from Cam Anthony on his YouTube page. Check it out here.