After a blind audition Monday night that made "The Voice" newbie coach Jennifer Hudson tear up, Opelousas singer Ignatious Carmouche is now on her team.
A native of Lafayette, the 23-year-old Carmouche gained a chance to sing for "The Voice" judges/coaches after winning “The Voice on Snapchat” contest earlier this year. For the contest, Carmouche submitted a video of himself singing “Pretty Wings” by Maxwell. He was chosen from 20,000 submissions.
Monday night, Carmouche performed the Disclosure/Sam Smith song "Latch."
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"Ain't it beautiful?" Hudson whispered to nearby coach Miley Cyrus, before turning her chair around, followed by coach Blake Shelton doing the same.
"I felt like you were singing to my heart or something," Hudson told Carmouche.
"I was," the contestant answered softly.
In his bid to secure him for Team Blake, Shelton described Carmouche's "clear, pitch-perfect falsettos.
"It's like listening to a record," Shelton added.
"My whole career has been driven by my passion, and I'm extremely passionate about you," Hudson countered.
After a glance backstage to his family and friends for guidance, the Opelousas singer chose Hudson, the Grammy-winning artist who herself gained fame on a reality singing competition series, "American Idol."
Also like Hudson, Carmouche said he grew up singing in church.
"The Voice" airs at 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.