Terry McDermott Goes from ‘Teenage Wasteland’ in ‘Baba O’Riley’ to Team Blake on ‘The Voice’
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35-year-old Scottish singer-songwriter Terry McDermott brought in tonight’s Season 3 premiere of ‘The Voice’ with a bang. After the judges kicked off the season’s first episode with their own version of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Start Me Up,’ McDermott delivered a stunning rendition of the Who’s ‘Teenage Wasteland’ and quickly won over Cee Lo, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
“I think you are the real thing,” Cee Lo remarked to the baby-faced musician. “You’re a real rock ‘n roll singer, man,” Levine proclaimed. And Shelton was able to deliver his praise to McDermott on a more personal level, relating to him by way of their unique accents. The brand-new contestant had a tough choice to make, but he ultimately went with Shelton.
McDermott followed his dream all the way from Scotland to the States with his former band, Driveblind, and decided to stay in the U.S. because of love. He now resides in New Orleans, La. with his wife and son. He has been in two different bands since then (Lotus Crush and Northsouth) but has yet to find his new niche – and he hopes that ‘The Voice’ will be his big break.
Judging from his show-stopping audition tonight, that just might be the case. We can’t wait to see what types of amazing rock-meets-country collaborations will be coming our way as he works with Shelton as his mentor.