Blake Shelton ‘Can’t Get Enough Of’ Ian Flanigan After Standout Performance Of Luke Combs Song On ‘The Voice’

Team Blake’s Ian Flanigan showcased his unique vocals during The Voice Knockouts on Monday (Nov. 23) with a performance of…


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November 23, 2020


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Blake Shelton, Ian Flanigan; Photos Courtesy The Voice

Team Blake’s Ian Flanigan showcased his unique vocals during The Voice Knockouts on Monday (Nov. 23) with a performance of Luke Combs’ chart-topping hit, “Beautiful Crazy.”

Flanigan, who Blake Shelton previously labeled a “once in a lifetime vocalist,” impressed Mega Mentor Usher with his “raspiness” and tone.

“Ian, I think that’s one of Blake’s top guns. He has the potential to go all the way,” Usher predicted.

Flanigan went up against James Pyle with hopes to make it to the next round.

“Ian, there’s like an urgency and there’s something so sincere about that. I like your whole mysterious thing,” Kelly Clarkson complimented.

Shelton admitting having to choose between the two was “stressful” and “horrifying,” but went on to select Ian as the winner.

“I don’t even know what to think,” Flanigan shared of his big win. “I am just not expecting things like this in life…it feels amazing!”

At the end of the Knockouts, Shelton explained his decision to keep Ian, saying that he is a “weird-sounding singer that I just can’t get enough of.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.