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Yep, Cam Anthony's Blind Audition on The Voice Will Still Wreck You

He sang Sam Smith's "Lay Me Down"—and floored the Coaches.

By Christopher Rosa

Cam Anthony's The Voice audition is one of the most memorable in the show's history. The Philadelphia native was only 19 years old when he stepped out in front of then-Coach Nick Jonas and current Coaches Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, and John Legend for his Blind Audition. Anthony gave himself a steep challenge, Sam Smith's "Lay Me Down," but he executed it flawlessly—delivering soulful vocals that made Jonas and Legend turn their chairs after just 35 seconds. (Jonas blocked Legend, much to the "All of Me" singer's dismay.) Shelton wasn't too far behind, and at the end of Anthony's performance, both Legend and Jonas gave him a standing ovation. 

How to Watch

Watch the Season 26 premiere of The Voice on Monday, September 23 at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock. 

Anthony had a tough decision to make: Team Nick or Team Blake? Both had their pros. "I've been doing this for a long, long time," Shelton said to Anthony's mom. "And when you can keep a lane open that no one else can interfere with, I think that's invaluable. So I'm just hoping that you could possibly send into his eyeballs the mother vibe." 

But Jonas had a rebuttal. "I come at it with some fresh energy. I feel like that might be the better approach," he said. 

Ultimately, Anthony decided to go Team Blake—and that turned out to be a great decision. The country icon coached Anthony all the way to the top spot of The Voice Season 20.

Relive Cam Anthony's The Voice audition for yourself in the video, above. And if you're craving more music content, be sure to watch American Song Contest Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The music competition show is modeled after Eurovision and sees 56 Artists (representing either a U.S. state, territory, or Washington, D.C.) competing head-to-head with their own tunes. The goal? To emerge victorious as America's pick for Best Original Song. Don't miss it!