Shelbie Z. James Panter, whose stage name is Shelbie Z, belted out her version of country star Gretchen Wilson’s “Here for the Party.”
Three of the four celebrity coaches, who listen to auditions while facing away from the vocalists, turned their respective chairs for Shelbie Z. They included country star Blake Shelton, pop icon Christina Aguilera and hip-hop producer and singer CeeLo Green. Adam Levine of Maroon 5 was the only coach to not turn his chair.
“This is a complete dream come true, to have Blake Shelton to turn around,” said a surprised Shelbie Z, who, wearing her tight fittin’ jeans and cowboy boots, took little time in selecting Shelton as her coach as she moves forward in the competition.
The 21-year-old is a full-time hair stylist at Mane Attraction just off Hwy. 78 in Jasper. She also coaches pageant hopefuls.
Shelton was immediately blown away with her country vocal. “She is a powerhouse country vocalist,” he said. “It’s going to be fun working with her.”
In its fifth season, “The Voice” is wildly popular because it is a true singing competition. The show’s innovative format features four stages of competition: the blind auditions, the battle rounds, the knockouts, and, finally, the live performance shows.
According to her facebook page, Shelbie Z is the current title-holder for Alabama Spirit Idol. She sings at festivals and fairs across Alabama. She has performed in Nashville, Tenn., at places such as “Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge” and “Buck Wild Saloon.”
She describes herself as a singer/songwriter of a unique country style. She has written four original songs, including “Karaoke Queen.”
The blind auditions will air over the next few weeks on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. CST.
During the blind auditions, the decisions from the musician coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the artists perform, but they don’t get to see them – thanks to the rotating chairs.
Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their team of artists, giving them advice and sharing the secrets of their success, along with help from their celebrity advisers. During the battle rounds, the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience.
After the vocal battle, the coach must choose which of their singers will advance to the next round of competition, while the losing artist is available to be stolen by another coach. Each coach has two steals available during the battle rounds.
At the end of the battles, only the strongest members of each coach’s roster remain and proceed to the knockout rounds.
The artists will be paired again with a member of their own teams, but this time they find out only minutes before performing with whom they are competing.
The artists each select their own songs to perform individually, while their direct competitor watches and waits. They are vying for their coach’s confidence and decision to take them to the live shows. Their coach will choose the winner, and the artist not selected will be sent home.
In the final live performance phase of the competition, the top artists from each team will compete each week against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save their favorite artists, and the two artists with the lowest number of votes will be sent home each week.
In the end, one will be named “The Voice” and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract.