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How did Estero musician Ben Allen do on 'The Voice' Monday night?

Dave Osborn
Naples Daily News
Ben Allen, the lead singer of the Ben Allen Band, performs a Luke Bryan song named "Country Girl (Shake it for me)" at the 63rd annual Farm City BBQ on Wednesday afternoon, Nov, 21, 2018, at the Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee.

Country music star Blake Shelton wasted little time Monday night showing he wants to work with a Southwest Florida musician.

It took eight seconds for Shelton to push the large red button that turned around his chair on NBC's "The Voice" Blind Auditions after Ben Allen began singing Brooks & Dunn's 2003 hit "Red Dirt Road." After Shelton did so, fellow coaches Gwen Stefani and John Legend hit their buttons too.

"Yes! Now we're talking!" said Shelton after Allen finished performing. Only coach Kelly Clarkson didn't turn around during the song.

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A Blind Audition is where a performer sings as coaches listen to contestants in chairs facing away from the stage. If more than one coach presses the button, the contestant chooses the coach he or she wants to work with. "The Voice" begins each season with Blind Auditions.

"When you first started singing that song, it sounded like a record," Stefani told Allen. "So clear and strong and confident. I think you have a lot of potential and I would love to work with you."

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Ben Allen of Estero performs Brooks & Dunn's 2003 hit "Red Dirt Road" on Oct. 26, 2020, during Blind Auditions on NBC's "The Voice."

Clarkson told Allen: "You're going to kill it and probably go to the finale."

Legend's pitch for Allen to choose him began with, "Ben, you have tone for days. It just enters and walks into the room. It's like, OK, everybody's gotta pay attention."

Shelton — the only coach who remains since the singing competition TV series began in 2011 — seemed a natural fit for Allen and likely had to do little convincing.

"I miss a good-old fashioned, nasally sounding country singer," Shelton said before Allen chose him. "You've got that."

After Allen picked Shelton, the country star said of his new student: "I'm really excited that I've got Ben on my team, because he's the kind of country artist that we've seen time and time again do really well on this show."

"He's edgy but he's traditional and he's everything that the core of country music fans love."

Before the audition, "The Voice" aired a few minutes profiling Allen and his background. Allen discussed how in his teen years his older brother David taught him three chords on the guitar.

"It wasn't until I was 30 years old, I pulled an old guitar out of the closet I had since I was a teenager," Allen said on the show.

"That led to an open mic at a bowling alley of all places. It scared me to death and I loved it."

He also told how he learned his brother had died in a motorcycle accident about a month before Allen's wedding.

"Since then, I have had the opportunity play in front of a lot of people. You know, he started me on that path without knowing it. But it was still a priceless gift that he gave me."

Allen, 42, moved to Naples from Tennessee in the past decade, forming his five-member band about six years ago. Ben Allen Band performs up to 200 shows a year, from private events to public gigs.

The ensemble mainly plays covers of popular country songs in many bars, clubs and restaurants across Southwest Florida, from The Ranch Concert Hall and Saloon in Fort Myers to Stan's Idle Hour in Goodland.

Kelly Clarkson, from left, Carson Daly, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and John Legend will be judges on this season's "The Voice" on NBC.

Allen joins a growing list of Southwest Florida residents who have performed on "The Voice." Others include Sheena Brook of Fort Myers Beach; Kayley Hill and Wyatt Rivers of LaBelle; Ricky Manning of Cape Coral; and Casey Weston and Elizabeth Canino of Naples.