20 of American’s best tribute acts are competing on E!’s new music competition series, Clash of the Cover Bands, for a chance at a big cash prize and the opportunity to perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
This week, contestant Adam Rutledge showcased his best Keith Urban performance in front of judges Meghan Trainor, Adam Lambert and Ester Dean.
Rutledge is a native of Virginia, who performed in a rock band for 10 years. He became a fan of the country superstar when he took a liking to his guitar-slinging skills.
To transform into character, Rutledge sported a wig and prepared for his performance.
First, Rutledge took the stage to sing Urban’s “Somebody Like You” and had the live audience cheering and clapping along. Judge Meghan Trainor, who was admittedly a big fan of Urban’s, told Rutledge that he needed to work on his stage presence and they ultimately paired him with a vocal and movement expert to help him feel more comfortable on stage.
Late, Rutledge moved on to the next round of the competition, going head-to-head with a Tim McGraw look-alike for the final battle.
Dubbed the “Country Kings,” the two faced off while performing some of McGraw and Urban’s biggest hits.
For his part, Rutledge performed “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” and “Days Go By.”
While his performance and stage presence appeared to have improved, the Tim McGraw impersonator ultimately won the battle and Rutledge’s time on the show came to an end.
Click below to watch the battle round.
Prior to the show’s premiere, Queen frontman and former American Idol contestant, Adam Lambert shared what he believes makes the show so exciting.
“I think it’s really exciting because some of the impersonations are literally like doppelgängers,” he told E! News. “I had friends that watched the teaser that was out and there was a flash of a couple of the artists and they were like, ‘Oh, did J.Lo come on the show?’ They didn’t understand. I was like, ‘No, no, no. That’s not her!’ They were like, ‘What?!'”
He continued, “I think people are going to be really, really fascinated by the likeness of some of these people, both the way the look and the way that they perform, their sound. We just had a lot of fun. In addition to all of that, there’s really something for everybody on the show. We have current pop divas, we have bands from the ’80s and the ’90s, we have classic icons. It’s sort of like something for everybody, which I love.”