Brainerd musician Seth Doud may be seen on an upcoming episode of NBC’s reality music show “The Voice.”
But to know for sure — if Doud made it past the second round of tryouts Wednesday night — his fans will have to watch the show to find out. Season 4 of “The Voice” will premiere March 25.
When Doud, a 2001 Brainerd High School graduate, was asked Thursday if he made it past the second round of tryouts, he had no comment. Typically, when Brainerd lakes area residents have been on reality TV shows, they have been directed to keep quiet and not release any information to the media or their friends.
This may be the case for Doud.
Doud competed in the first round of tryouts Saturday for “The Voice” at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. He made it through the first round and was asked to come back to compete in the second round scheduled this past Wednesday at a rehearsal hall on Superior Street in Chicago.
Doud said in the first round, he performed “Freedom of the Road” by Martin Sexton and he wasn’t allowed to play his guitar. In the second round, Doud said he had to come prepared with four songs, but he was allowed to play his guitar.
Doud then said he was not sure what songs he would sing in the second round, but was told by “The Voice” that they want to hear current and popular songs.
Doud has never tried out his musical talents for a reality show before.
Doud, who has written and performed an acoustic blend of folk, rock and soul music for the past 17 years, describes his music as “soulful acoustic.” Doud has one self-entitled album he recorded at Fuzzy Slippers Studio in St. Paul in 2010.
According to “The Voice” website, the show features four stages of competition: The first begins with the blind audition, then the battle round, the brand new knockouts and then the live performance shows. During the blind auditions, the decisions from the musician coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the artists perform, but they don’t get to see them. If a coach is impressed by the artist’s voice, he/she pushes a button to select the artist for his/her team. At this point, the coach’s chair will swivel so that he/she can face the artist he/she has selected.