How did Ben Allen do in Battle Rounds on 'The Voice' Monday night?
Ben Allen is moving on with his voice.
Blake Shelton on NBC's "The Voice" on Monday night chose the Estero musician to head to the Knockouts, which begin Tuesday night.
"The Voice" showed Allen performing the Zac Brown Band song "Free" for a few seconds with fellow Shelton team member Sam Stacy.
"I chose Ben because America is going to fall in love with the sound of his voice because it's truly twangy country, and we don't have enough of that these days," Shelton, one of four celebrity coaches on the show, said after he picked Allen.
In the Battle Rounds that began Nov. 9, coaches pitted their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience.
After the vocal face-off, the coach must choose only one to advance.
Next up for Allen are the Knockouts, where he will be paired with a teammate but will sing a song he chooses.
"The Voice" revealed Tuesday morning that Shelton was pitting Allen against Worth The Wait, a trio from Gadsden, Alabama, Tuesday night.
Allen chose to sing Luke Combs' "She Got the Best of Me" while Worth The Wait performed "Delta Dawn," which Tayna Tucker first made a hit in the 1970s.
Allen has been promoting the show and explaining how it works on his social media, including his Facebook page.
"The knockout round results will also be decided by the coaches," Allen wrote. "After that comes the live playoffs in a couple weeks. This is where America starts the voting! It's when I'll be needing your support the absolute most!!! It's vital to have the Voice Official App on your phone so you will be able to assign me up to 10 votes per round of voting."
Fans have been encouraging Allen along the way since he began his journey on the show, from Australian professional golfer Greg Norman — who urged everyone on his Facebook to "vote for our good mate Ben Allen" — to the Collier County Sheriff's Office.
"We’re rooting hard for Ben Allen on 'The Voice'! Who's with us?" the Sheriff's Office Facebook page stated Monday.
"We are super fortunate that the Ben Allen Band played for us at several of our holiday parties in recent years. Ben is not only a great singer and entertainer, he is a huge supporter of law enforcement."
Allen made "The Voice" on his third try and Shelton needed only eight seconds to turn around his chair during Blind Auditions (when the competition began) on Oct. 26. Allen chose Shelton as his coach over other musical superstars and coaches John Legend and Gwen Stefani.
Only pop singer and coach Kelly Clarkson did not turn around her chair.
Allen moved to Naples in 2009 from his native Tennessee, for a job as a building inspector for Collier County's Growth Management Department. It remains his full-time job.
He began learning to play guitar in his new state, and decided to perform at an open mic night at Bowland Beacon bowling alley along U.S. 41 in Naples.
Allen eventually formed the band that first debuted in Southwest Florida six years ago. The Ben Allen Band has become perhaps the most popular and hard-working groups in Southwest Florida, performing nearly 200 concerts annually.
Monday, Allen said on Facebook that he hopes fans continue to watch "The Voice" and vote for him if he advances.
"I'll do my best to explain everything as we go along but basically ... watch the show and be ready to assign me 10 votes on the app starting with the first live round and again as things progress," Allen said on Facebook.
"Again this is based on the idea that I make it that far on the show but let me tell you this ... It's my big chance! I'm gonna do everything I possibly can to bring home a victory to SWFL!!!"