With a rendition of Hall & Oates’ “Sara Smile,” former Yale quarterback Destin “Dez” Duron ‘14 won over the judges on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice” Monday night.
Without even seeing Duron’s sun-kissed skin or that perfect smile that can light up any room, three of four judges — Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton — invited Duron to join their team. Ultimately, Duron went with Christina, a choice Cross Campus fully supports.
Duron’s momentary victory comes after he failed to make it past the show’s blind audition phase last season. Christina said she was “so angry” when she caught glimpse of Duron’s mug, shining down from the stage. “Remember him?!” Shelton exclaimed when Christina pressed her buzzer to turn around.
round Duron exchanged the Backstreet Boys for the more soulful Hall & Oates, singing the duo’s 1976 hit “Sarah Smile.
Duron was first courted by pop stars Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera, who applauded Duron’s performance and growth as a singer. Country singer Blake Shelton, however, was less coy.
“This dude is good looking,” said Shelton. “I’m secure enough to say this to you — man to man, you’re hot.”
Though Shelton went on to compare Duron to A.C. Slater from “Saved By the Bell” and Elvis, too, in the end Duron chose Aguilera to be his coach.
“Last year I definitely did miss an opportunity with you,” said Aguilera, “so I’m so happy you came back.”
We’re happy, too, Christina, We’re happy, too. And so are the fans, it seems — Duron’s performance from last night already has 35,000 views on YouTube. Watch here: