Minnesota's 'Blind Joe' wows judges on 'The Voice'


Normally, the only ones who can't see during the "blind auditions" on NBC's "The Voice" are the celebrity judges, who must listen to contestants with their backs turned.

This particular contestant couldn't see them.

"This is a truly blind audition," Joe Bommersbach joked before his performance, according to the Forum.

Nevertheless, it didn't take long for Bommersbach – better known as Blind Joe – to know that he'd knocked the socks off all four of them.

On Tuesday night – the second night of the hit show – the Grand Rapids, Minnesota, resident belted out a heartfelt, stirring rendition of "If It Hadn't Been for Love," a tune that Adele sang on her "21" album. Watch here:


The judges were impressed. All four – Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton – turned around in their chairs, which is an indication they were interested in coaching the singer as the season progresses.

In the end, the cowboy hat-wearing Bommersbach joined the team of country singer Blake Shelton, the Forum notes. Bommersbach's wife and parents were there to cheer him on all the while.

It's a big victory for the singer, who began life in an incubator in a North Dakota hospital 32 years ago and lost his sight due to complications from his premature birth, the Forum says.

At an early age, however, he found he had an ear for music and quickly mastered multiple instruments, Bustle notes. Bommersbach began performing in bars in college and has been a fixture on the "honky-tonk scene" ever since, according to the website.

What happens next? According to KFGO, the judges will continue picking the cream of the crop to build their teams, who will compete through two additional rounds to narrow the field from 32 to 20 finalists.

The station says the last-standing candidates will compete on live TV for the title of "The Voice."

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Wolves-Grizzlies game off, KAT tests postive for COVID

The Timberwolves star was among several players that are dealing with COVID-related issues.

minnesota state fair

Planning for the 2021 Minnesota State Fair is underway

The fair suffered huge financial losses due to COVID-19, but organizers are moving forward with planning "different scenarios" for this summer.

Screen Shot 2021-01-15 at 2.16.44 PM

Heather Brown named as new WCCO 'This Morning' anchor

She will be joining Jason DeRusha on the CBS affiliate's Morning Show.

DPS John Harrington

DPS Commissioner: No credible threats to state Capitol, but ready if something arises

Local and state law enforcement officials have a plan in case a threat arises.

snow, slush (submitted photo, ok to use)

Here are snow totals from Thursday-Friday winter storm

It's a slushy mess in the metro, but snow did pile up in southern counties.

tim walz

Walz fury after report that government's COVID vaccine reserve is nonexistent

The Washington Post reported Friday that the Trump Administration has shipped out all the vaccines it has already, with none in reserve.

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on MLK Day 2021?

Local government offices will generally be closed on Monday.

BMTN 900x450 (8)

Company that falsely promised student loan forgiveness banned from MN

It's also been ordered to repay $11,499 in fees taken from Minnesotans.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID update for January 15

Hospitalizations are the lowest in Minnesota since October 25.


Osterholm: B117 COVID strain could become major issue in 6-8 weeks

The B117 variant is believed to be more easily transmitted.