We just finished Week 2 of Blind Auditions on “The Voice,” so we have an update of the North Carolina contestants to follow on the show.
And we’ve done pretty well in the recent past with North Carolinians on the NBC singing competition show: Sanford’s Britton Buchanan was the runner-up in the previous season (a season that gave us three local contestants) and Brooke Simpson of Hollister finished in third place last fall.
The judges for Season 15 are Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson.
We’ll update this each week through Blind Auditions.
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Kameron Marlowe from Kannapolis
On Monday night (Sept. 24), 21-year-old Kameron Marlowe of Kannapolis sang a really soulful version of Luke Combs’ “One Number Away.”
Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson both turned their chairs for Kameron and he picked Blake.
Kameron quit college and got a job as an auto parts consultant to support his family after his mother fell ill, according to the Indepndent Tribune of Cabarrus County. The newspaper reports that Kameron got his start singing in church and is a worship leader at Elevation Worship.
We’ll see Kameron next in the Battle Rounds, which start Oct. 15.
Follow him on Twitter: @Kameron_Marlowe
Mikele Buck from Greenville
Also on the first Monday of Blind Auditions, we got Mikele Buck of Greenville, N.C. (originally from West Virgina).
Mikele is an Iraq War veteran who has been singing for awhile, opening for acts like Jason Aldean. For his audition he sang Brooks & Dunn’s “She Used To Be Mine” and dedicated it to a military friend who took his own life.
Blake and Kelly both turned their chairs for Mikele, and even though Blake may seem like the obvious choice, he picked Kelly (his daughter is a huge fan).
Before the show, Adam and Kelly came up with a strategy to try to lure country artists away from Blake. It doesn’t seem like Mikele’s choice had much to do with their influence, but Blake was still wounded. He tweeted, “I am truly shocked by this one. Never have I had more in common with an artist before and these terrible bullies make it about themselves.”
We’ll see Mikele next in the Battle Rounds, which start Oct. 15.
Follow him on Twitter: @MikeleBuckBand
We didn’t spot any North Carolina people in Tuesday night’s auditions, but we’ll be watching all of the auditions over the next two weeks and update this story if we get more.
Wyatt Rivers*, Duke grad
We’re putting an asterisk beside this Duke grad’s name because he didn’t get picked by any of the coaches in his Oct. 2 episode, but he did get selected to participate on something called “The Comeback Stage.” “The Comeback Stage” is a companion series to “The Voice” that you can watch on YouTube, The Voice Official App, Instagram TV, Facebook and
According to E! Online, singer Kelsea Ballerini mentors six comeback artists and one of them will get to re-enter the main competition in November. The six singers will compete in pairs and Ballerini picks the winners. Then there’s a “Comeback Stage” finals, where the three remaining singers perform a song, and Ballerini picks two singers to advance. Those two singers will perform on “The Voice” Live Playoffs Results show on Nov. 13 and the winner will be chosen in real time by Twitter votes. The winner of that battle will pick the team they want to be on as they enter the main competition.
And that’s what has to happen for us to see Wyatt again.
As for his performance on Tuesday’s show, Wyatt sang Leon Bridges’ “River” and none of the judges turned their chairs for him. They did comment on his muscles, though. Still, he was good enough to get selected for “The Comeback Stage,” so he has a shot. Wyatt was in the local band Mobius while at Duke and he plans to attend Tulane Medical School.
Caeland Garner, Coleridge
Caeland Garner from Coleridge (a small community near Ramseur, southeast of Greensboro) made the cut on “The Voice” on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
In his biographical intro, Caeland got emotional talking about how hard he has worked to make it as a musician and how his daddy would sometimes have to send him $20 when he needed it. His father works for the telephone company and his mother is a school teacher. Caeland got advice from his friend, Red Marlow, who was a finalist on Team Blake in Season 13 (we call that The Brooke Simpson Season).
In the video, Caeland said: “I really want to do this for my mama and daddy. We might be small town folk but I feel like a giant sometimes standing on top of everybody’s shoulders.”
Caeland sang “Dancing in the Moonlight,” a hit for King Harvest in 1972, and both Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson turned their chairs for him. Blake said he wanted to download Caeland’s version of that song for his playlist.
Caeland picked Blake.
Blind Auditions will take up at least part of the show next Monday (Oct. 15), but they could get a start on Battle Rounds in the second hour of that show. The Battle Rounds will continue Tuesday night. In the Battle Rounds, singers from the same team are paired up by their coach to perform a duet, and the coach picks the winner to move forward. “The Voice” airs at 8 p.m. each night. It’s a two-hour show on Monday and a one-hour show on Tuesday.