If country artist Dexter Roberts looked familiar to you on Night 3 of “The Voice” Season 16 blind auditions, that’s because he previously competed on “American Idol” Season 13. In fact, he did more than just compete — he came in seventh place on the season that was won by Caleb Johnson. Strangely, no mention was made of Dexter’s reality TV show resume when he auditioned for “The Voice” with Randy Houser‘s “Like a Cowboy” and earned a rare four-chair turn from Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Adam Levine. Watch “The Voice” blind audition above.
Instead of focusing on his “American Idol” experience, “The Voice” chose to delve into the Alabama native’s recent health scare of Rocky Mountain spotted fever from a tick bite. A year and a half after his diagnosis, Dexter was back in the swing of things and singing again. As he revealed in his pre-taped package, “My dream is to be out there playing all the time, being on the radio, and be driving down the road and go, ‘Man, that’s my song.'”
Soon after Dexter began his blind audition song “Like a Cowboy,” Blake, Kelly and John all turned their chairs around. Adam pressed his button at the last minute out of “respect” for Dexter’s voice, then told him not to pick him. While Kelly argued that Dexter should join her team because he’d stand out more, John tried to sway Dexter by praising his “perfect” performance. But really, there was no stopping Blake.
“Let me just pull myself out from under this bus that the other three have parked on my skull,” Blake told Dexter when it was finally his turn to respond to his rival coaches. “Will you guys please use the ‘Dexit’ and let me talk to this man?” he asked. Just before Dexter picked Blake, the coach once again expressed his love of the country genre, which no doubt helped the young artist make his decision.
On “American Idol,” Dexter sang such classic country songs as “This Ole Boy,” “Aw Naw,” “Lucky Man,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Cruise,” “Boondocks,” “One Mississippi,” “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” and “Muckalee Creek Water.” Ironically, even though Kelly won Season 1 of “American Idol,” she didn’t seem to realize Dexter was a former contestant. John also didn’t recognize Dexter even though they both performed on the same Season 13 finale stage.