Indianapolis' own Josh Kaufman advanced Monday night to the second round of battles on NBC's hit show "The Voice."
The 38-year-old has been questioning his career in music recently as money gets tight with his family of five. His talent was validated, though, when all four judges turned around for him during his blind audition.
His competition, 26-year-old Austin Ellis, went into the battle with the advantage in terms of performance presence. Ellis was described by the other judges as everything from "playful" to "a caged beast." Meanwhile, Kaufman - who was introduced by host Carson Daly as "the smooth singing SAT tutor" - describes himself as having a more reserved and laid back performance style.
Their coach, Maroon 5's Adam Lavine, warned Kaufman ahead of time that he would need to step up his performance level if he was going to win.
Well, he did just that.
Blake Shelton said afterward that, "You could just tell that you guys were having a ball with this thing."
Shakira called it one of the best battles they'd seen, "hands down....These are two great singers that just won the entire audience over, including me."
After winning, Kaufman was greeted backstage by his wife and two of their three daughters, one of whom immediately cried out, "You did a great job, Daddy!"
Kaufman now advances to the second round of battles, representing Team Adam. Stay with WTHR Channel 13 for the latest on what date he is expected to sing next.