It must be “Roll Tide!” week on reality TV.
This is our conclusion – and we stick to it – after hearing “Roll Tide!” making several appearances in two of the country’s most popular song shows.
On Sunday, Clanton’s Cameron McGhar went on a “Roll Tide!” fest when she auditioned for the judges on “American Idol.” Her segment was filmed in October, the day of the Georgia-Alabama soccer game, as Katy Perry pranked Georgia Bulldogs fan Luke Bryan. When the “Idol” judges learned that McGhar was from Alabama, a wave of “Roll Tide” references ensued.
On Monday, the University of Alabama’s rallying cry could be heard again when Emma Caroline appeared at the blind auditions on “The Voice.” The Tuscaloosa singer – full name Emma Caroline Warren – performed a cover of Kacey Musgraves’ “Slow Burn” on the NBC reality series.
Emma Caroline, 25, earned chair turns from Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson with her heartfelt cover of the country-pop hit. She ultimately chose Shelton as her trainer, but not before saying “Roll Tide!” and inspire Shelton and Clarkson to do the same.
John Legend also went wild with a “Roll Tide!”. “You have to say that when you’re from Tuscaloosa,” Legend said with a smile.
Nick Jonas refrained from ringing the bell, but he praised Emma Caroline’s interpretation of the Musgraves tune.
“Emma, it was a great performance, one of my favorite songs from the last two years, actually, and I think you sang it really well,” Jonas said. “I felt like some things were a bit shy, but you have a great opportunity to work with a coach who will guide you in the right direction.
All four coaches had kind words for Emma Caroline, but Shelton spoke in a way that clearly resonated with the aspiring singer.
“I’m so excited, because you bring something that we don’t see often,” Shelton said. “You have more of a mountain voice, which is what I like. … Country music has been my life since I was 14, 15, and now what excites me is finding new young talent. I would be honored to be your coach.
Next up: Emma Caroline will move on to the Battle Rounds, a phase of competition that requires her to sing a duet with a teammate and simultaneously fight for Shelton’s favor.
She follows in the footsteps of Dexter Roberts, Levi Watkins, Cam Spinks, Kirk Jay, Red Marlow, Josie Jones, Worth the Wait and other “Voice” contestants from Alabama who appeared on the show as members. Shelton teams.
Alabama never had a winner on “The Voice” during the show’s 10 years, but three singers from our state made the finale: Roberts, who took third place in Season 16; Jay, who placed third in season 15; and Marlow, who came fourth in season 13.
If you watch: “The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. CT on NBC.