Singing a cheesy Hall & Oates song seems like a losing proposition no matter how you do it, but Twin Cities rocker Nick Mrozinski delivered "She's Gone" well enough Monday night on NBC's "The Voice" to win his first big test since passing auditions a month ago. The Feelin' singer and local club vet -- who performs as Nicholas David on the show -- beat out fellow contestant Todd Kessler in the one-on-one battle competition on Monday. Before his performance, Mrozinski expressed his trepidation about the cutthroat nature of that night's competition, but his team leader Cee-Lo Green and guest coach Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty) essentially told him to get over it. He did.
All the coaches/judges raved over Nick's performance. "What is that that comes out of your mouth?" Adam Levine asked. "It's so profoundly different." Blake Shelton told him that he had "a Barry White thing going on," and then added with a smirk, "You look like Jesus, and people like that, too." Cee-Lo voiced his approval by his winning selection. The battle round is a major hurdle for the show's contestants, half of whom get cut in it. You may remember local guy Tim Mahoney getting the axe in this round having to sing the Don Henley half of "Leather Than Lace." Geez, is Casey Kasem picking these songs out of retirement, or who?
As with all performances on "The Voice," a recorded version of Mrozinski singing "She's Gone" is already on sale a morning later at iTunes. Here's the winning TV performance below.