As the Season 4 battle rounds launched Monday on “The Voice,” celebrity coach and country music superstar Blake Shelton pitted Muskogee’s The Swon Brothers against Pennsylvania bar singer Christian Porter.
The song choice for the Battle, Tom Petty’s “Won’t Back Down,” provided an immediate edge for the Swons, who aced their Blind Audition with Petty’s “American Girl.”
Zach and Colton Swon skillfully blended their voices on another of Petty’s classic rock anthem, and Shelton ultimately picked them over Porter, making the singer/guitarists the first duo in the reality show’s history to make it past the battle rounds.
The victory was a “one-of-a-kind feeling,” Colton said in a conference call Tuesday.
“Sitting there watching and seeing him contemplate on the decision, that’s one of the best and worst feelings I’ve ever felt in my life because you’re just happy to be in that situation; at the same time, you just don’t want this thing to end. You don’t want to go home as soon as you’re getting started,” Colton, 24, said.
“So then, I remember looking over at Christian, and I know he was feeling the same thing. But just in that moment right there, you just feel there’s a mixed emotion. It’s bittersweet, but luckily, we were blessed enough for Blake to go with us. And when he finally said that we’d won, it was just like someone had lifted a weight off our shoulders now. But guess what? It starts all again.”
The Swons move on the knockout rounds, which begin airing April 29. As they advance in the competition, Zach said they hope that as a do, they can bring something different to the show.
“My goal in this thing, obviously, we are not the best singers. We can’t even compare to like (Team Adam’s) Judith (Hill), Karina (Iglesias), and just the people like just wail. But I hope it’s different enough to be remembered,” Zach, 28, said.
“That’s like the main thing that I want to get out of it is, you know, I don’t want to fall through the cracks and be forgotten. And hopefully, we make a big enough difference that people will remember it.”
“The Voice” airs at 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesday on NBC.
To read more post-battle comments from The Swon Brothers, click here.