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

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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErTxjdGNs4M

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."

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