Knoxville's Chris Blue is among the top 12 singers on season 12 of NBC's The Voice. Chris spoke with WBIR 10News anchor Katie Roach about the live elimination rounds, handling his nerves and his message for his church family and the Knoxville community.
Blue next performs live on The Voice on Monday, April 24. You can watch The Voice Mondays and Tuesday on WBIR starting at 8 p.m.
Katie Roach: We have to ask you about Monday night when you were sitting there waiting for those two names to be called, what was going through your head?
Chris Blue: Oh wow, just please God don’t let this be my last time here. I don’t want to go home, I’m having so much fun, you know, being here and enjoying this amazing stage and hanging out with my awesome friends, well now family. It’s been incredible, an awesome ride and I was really nervous, just being honest.
KR: Yeah, we’ve heard you almost didn’t audition for The Voice. How do you control your nerves? Do you still get nervous when you step up on that stage?
CB: You know, the funny thing is before “Love on the Brain” I was the most nervous I had ever been moments before walking out, like seriously I was panicking and freaking out about the song and about that moment. And so, I’m just still in shock and in awe and just grateful to still be here, and I’m humbled, for being here and so thank you guys so much for all your love and your support, it’s been so incredible and amazing.
CB: I spoke with Emily a few weeks back, and she was really encouraging (Hi Em!), she was really encouraging and supportive and loving, and so that was really, really refreshing. I’m just trying to learn from those guys, they did really, really well, and so I’m praying that all continues to go well here for me and Knoxville will have someone they can be proud about in Chris Blue.
KR: In one of the earlier episodes, Blake Shelton said that you could win The Voice. How did that feel when you watched it back?
CB: Oh man, kind of I actually forgot, you know, because in that moment everything happens so fast, but hearing that back, you know that was really humbling, but I really feel like though, the artistry and the talent on this show is so phenomenally crazy, you really just never know. Everyone here is really super good, and so to just be here amongst these guys is the world to me. I’m really humbled and grateful at that because they’re not only special and talented artists, but really, really great people, so I’m just really happy to be here.
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KR: I know you can’t give anything away, but are there any songs you really want to sing on the show?
CB: (laughs) If I say that, then I can’t do them! There are a few, I think this next performance is definitely one of my favorite songs. I hope you guys will be tuning in to watch. It’s a song that really means a lot to me from the bottom of my heart and so I’m really excited to sing it this coming Monday.
KR: Alright a double question here – first, what do you want to say to your church family back here in Knoxville, and then of course the Knoxville community as a whole?
CB: To my church family, I love you guys so, so much. Y’all have been incredible, and words cannot explain or define how I feel when I think about you guys. And I want you to know I miss you, I miss you so, so much. And to just the whole Knoxville community, I want you all to know that you are seriously my family. I don’t use #teamlove and #family for no reason. That’s who I am and that’s what I mean from the bottom of my heart, and I want to let you guys know that you are my family, and family sticks together, so I hope you guys will continue to watch and support and vote and love, ‘cuz I love you all.
KR: Chris Blue thank you so much for joining us today, we are wishing you the best of luck from here in Knoxville, and of course we will be voting for you. Good luck on Monday.
CB: Thank you. Thank you guys, God bless.