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 Tucker showcased his best Tim McGraw performance in front of judges Meghan Trainor, Adam Lambert and Ester Dean.
Tucker is a Tim McGraw impersonator who performs in Las Vegas. The former football player became a fan of McGraw in 1992 and would often cover McGraw’s songs while traveling with his college football team.
During the show, Tucker said that he always wanted to pursue a music career, but said that record labels would turn him away because he was too similar to Tim McGraw.
After his first performance, the judges encouraged Tucker to work on his vocals and sent him to meet with a vocal expert and a movement expert with hopes to improve before the official battle.
Now facing off against a Keith Urban clone, who performed “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” and “Days Go By,” Tucker had his shot at winning over the judges.
He took the stage to sing McGraw’s “Real Good Man” and “I Like It, I Love It,” and was ultimately crowned the winner.
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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.”