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April 4, 2013

‘The Voice of Somerset’

Brandon Roush advances on NBC competition

Somerset —  

When it was announced that Willie Nelson would be at this year’s Master Musicians Festival, every-one assumed he would be the big star of the event.
Now? Willie might want to move over and make room for Brandon Roush.
“We may have two head-liners,” quipped Tiffany Bourne, MMF president, with a laugh.
That’s because Roush, a Somerset native, made a splash Tuesday night on the popular NBC reality television show “The Voice.” 
Roush, scheduled to appear at this year’s Master Musicians Festival with his band The Dirty Grindstones, made it through the initial audition phase of the singing competition, in which one of four well-known music industry icons selects a vocalist, sight-unseen, to be on their team — based only on the voice. 
Sometimes all four of the stars — this season, the roster consists of curvy Columbian songstress Shakira, R&B triple-threat Usher, Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine, and country crooner Blake Shelton —  turn around in their seats to fight over a singer. But Roush’s fans here in Somerset found themselves a little taken back that only Shakira took a chance on Roush.
“I thought he was amazing,” said Bourne. “I thought he deserved more chairs to turn around.”
Of course, reality TV shows are always at the mercy of editing — some local fans of Roush have suggested on social media that it’s possible the other stars’ teams were already full and they couldn’t take Roush. In fact, Roush’s mother, Kimberly Williams-Roush, said that they weren’t even sure he would get to audition this season.
“These (episodes) don’t air in the same order (the auditions) went,” she said. “As the blind auditions went on, there was a chance he wouldn’t get to this season. If the teams fill up before they get to (late auditioners, they) get a get a pass to the front of the line in Season 5, so we were preparing for him maybe having to audition next season. We’re very pleased that it worked out the way it did.”

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