Published 4:10 PM EDT Oct 1, 2018
NBC's "The Voice" may have found its next champion in a Nashville-based singer-songwriter. (It wouldn't be the first time.)
Earlier this year, Dave Fenley floored coaches Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson with his "blind audition" on the singing competition — performing an acoustic cover of Travis Tritt's "Help Me Hold On," reports The Tennessean, which is part of the USA TODAY Network.
Fenley's audition is set to air Monday night, but "The Voice" has already posted a sneak peek online to stir up excitement.
Fenley had a robust, gritty and soulful take on Tritt's 1990 ballad. The audition had Clarkson turning her chair around first, followed by Shelton, who made it clear he knew all the words by heart.
Both coaches then made their pitch to Fenley to join their team. Shelton tried to bond with him over Tritt trivia — "That was his second single. That was right after 'Country Club,' wasn't it?" — while Clarkson rolled her eyes.
"(Travis Tritt) is my favorite male vocalist in country," she said.
"What about me?" Shelton interjected.
"Not you, brother."
On the other hand, Shelton might be the favorite of Fenley's mother, who was watching the audition backstage along with other family members.
"My mama wants a neck hug," Fenley told Shelton.
"Is that right? I give some really good neck hugs to my contestants' mothers."
You'll have to wait and see if that sealed the deal — the preview clip cuts off before Fenley makes his selection. He's originally from Texas, and it turns out, this isn't his first reality TV rodeo. He also made it to the semifinals of "America's Got Talent" in 2013.
"The Voice" airs at 8 p.m. ET Monday and Tuesday on NBC.