Arkansan in The Voice ‘Battle Round’

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Trey O'Dell on The Voice

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (News release) – University of Arkansas junior Trey O’Dell will make his second appearance on the NBC music competition The Voice on Tuesday, March 22. The show starts at 7 p.m.

O’Dell is a supply chain management major in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. He’s on leave this semester so he can concentrate on The Voice.

His audition performance aired two weeks ago, when he sang “Geronimo” and was chosen to be one of 12 performers on country star Blake Shelton’s team.

That’s when O’Dell’s work really started.

“We had to get ready for the ‘battle round’ right away, there’s no time for congratulating yourself,” he said.

Each ‘battle round’ pairs singers from the same team, performing a duet together. After each performance the coach must select one singer to stay on the team and send the other one home.

“But it’s not exactly that we are competing against each other,” O’Dell explained. “The goal is for both of us to sound the best we can – because even if you get cut – there’s a chance you can get a steal and stay on the show.”

That’s because a coach from a different team has two chances to ‘steal’ a rejected performer.

O’Dell and his partner started working right away with Shelton and his team ‘adviser’ – Gwen Steffani.

“It was amazing – I grew up listening to both of them, I love their music – and them listening to us sing, giving us advice, encouraging us – it was just the best experience, a once in a lifetime thing,” O’Dell said.

His battle round will be on either Monday or Tuesday, but he’ll be watching both nights. After all it’s spring break, the perfect time for Voice-themed watch parties. He hopes other U of A students will be doing the same thing – rooting for him wherever they are celebrating.

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