Did a 39-year-old regular-joe singer from Minneapolis ever really stand a chance against a gorgeous 18-year-old Florida girl on a prime-time TV show that's trying to be the next "American Idol?" That's the question Tim Mahoney might be asking after losing the one-on-one battle round on NBC's "The Voice" Tuesday night.
The Twin Cities club vet earned high praise from the judges, er, "coaches," but then he got cut from the hit show by his teamleader Adam Levine in favor of high schooler Casey Weston. She and Mahoney were pitted up against each other to sing the wine-spritzer-flavored Stevie Nicks/Don Henley duet "Leather and Lace" -- which itself didn't bode well for Mahoney (who wouldn't favor someone singing Nicks' part over Henley's?). During the coaching session, Levine instructed Mahoney to go falsetto in one part of the song. "He listened!" Levine boasted to the other judges during the performance.
While Blake Shelton said he favored Weston, Christina Aguilera said, "You both have great voices." Cee Lo Green made the case for Mahoney, saying that Weston did a good job copying Nicks but Mahoney showed more originality. "I've never heard anything quite like what's coming out of you," Green told Mahoney. Levine sang Tim's praises, too, but then gave him the boot. He was hardly alone: Half the contestants are getting nixed this week in the battle rounds.
So... it's back to business as usual for Mahoney, at least for now. He's scheduled to perform at Champp's in Eden Prairie on Wednesday night. What kind of a bump he gets from the TV exposure remains to be seen. He should at least see a little momentum on iTunes, where both his audition performance of "Bring It on Home to Me" and the "Leather and Lace" duet are now on sale.