Dexter Roberts has a unique advantage over everybody else on Season 16 of “The Voice”: a built-in audience. This country artist from Alabama gained a slew of fans back when he was a finalist on Season 13 of “American Idol,” and those fans have now followed him to NBC’s reality TV show. Following his rockin’ performance of Brooks & Dunn‘s “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You” during Monday’s live Top 24 episode, is Dexter now a front-runner to win “The Voice”?
Dexter’s coach Blake Shelton is no fool. This record six-time champ knows that Dexter has tons of die-hards out there already who are keen on voting for him, which no doubt is why Blake positioned him in the save-the-best-for-last position during Monday’s bloated Top 24 performance show. Did YOU vote for Dexter to make it into next week’s Top 13?
If Dexter goes on to be the latest “The Voice” winner, he will of course make history as the first “American Idol” finalist to do so. Many other “Idol” contestants have popped up on “The Voice” throughout the years, including Frenchie Davis of Team Christina Aguilera in Season 1 and Sundance Head of Team Blake Shelton in Season 11. Sundance ended up winning “The Voice” after being eliminated on “Idol” prior to the finals.
One of Dexter’s most viral moments on “American Idol” was when he sang “Sweet Home Alabama” during the live shows. “You are starting to believe you could win,” said then-judge Jennifer Lopez. Unfortunately, Dexter wound up placing seventh that season, ultimately losing to rock star Caleb Johnson.
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about the performance: “Let’s close out the night with the 24th performance! Wowza! Dexter Roberts is singing ‘Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You.’ Dexter is looking sharp tonight and he’s definitely got a great voice. You can tell he’s been doing this for a while and he’s a pro. I’m not sure how I feel about this song choice, but I have a feeling he’ll get voted into the Top 13 regardless of how I feel about this performance. It was solid though!”