No. 2 Feature Story: Muessigmann bids farewell to 'The Voice'

Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Spencer boy makes it big, scoring high praise from Blake Shelton, Cee-Lo Green and the cast of judges on NBC's "The Voice." His initial appearance, complete with a booty-slapping performance of "Sweet Home Alabama," earned him a spot on Team Blake, and his "battle" with Terry McDermott in the first round of the show once again scored praise but also served as the end of his journey. Muessigmann would appear one more time on the show late in the season.

Spencer's Casey Muessigmann concluded his run on "The Voice" after coach Blake Shelton selected Scottish rocker Terry McDermott over the local country performer in the battle round Monday night, Oct. 8.

The battle - the first of the new season - played out for fans of Muessigmann and the show. It was a moment he endured several weeks ago, but was sworn to secrecy until the show aired.

Spencer native Casey Muessigmann performed in front of a national audience on two occasions on NBC's "The Voice." His rear end slapping rendition of "Sweet Home Alabama" had Blake Shelton and CeeLo Green battling for the opportunity to be his coach. Shelton won out. (File photo)

"For this entire time, the past three months, that's the first time I listened to that song," Muessigmann said.

"I watched it and I was kind of hoping I messed up so I wouldn't feel so bad. If there were a reason, but I knew I killed it," the Spencer native said.

The two men earned tremendous praise from all four judges for their performance, but in the end, coach Blake Shelton opted for the rocker over the country boy.

Muessigmann admitted he knew the deck was stacked against him.

"If you look at the show - the history of the show - country guys get thrown under the bus. All I know is when we got our song choice, and I found out who I was singing against, I said, 'Well, it was great being here,' Muessigmann said.

The song, "Carry On Wayward Son," by Kansas, was a perfect choice for McDermott.

"I knew going in I was the underdog. When you're put in a situation like that, all you can do is prove you're different from what they expect."

He did that by making himself comfortable with the choice.

"All I could do was try to go out and make it my own. The frustrating part was getting recognized for doing that. For stepping up and showing the growth, and then having nobody else pick me up," Muessigmann said.

He continued, "I couldn't believe it. The look on CeeLo's face pretty much said it all. He didn't want me anymore."

CeeLo initially made the pitch, along with Shelton, for Muessigmann's selection following Muessigmann's blind audition of "Sweet Home Alabama."

"They talked about how much growth I had shown, but they didn't try to steal me," he admitted, disappointed at his end on the show. "It's bittersweet officially being the first person knocked off the show, but I guess it means I've got more time to go out and work. I can keep writing and keep playing shows."

Shelton credited Muessigmann, pointing out, "Casey has shown the most growth in the rehearsals." He added, "Casey won't back down from any challenge."

His parents, Jon and Gina Muessigmann, were among those in the audience. Immediately after the performance and decision, Muessigmann's Facebook page exploded with commenters - all of which seemed to think Shelton had made the wrong choice. Some of the comments may have displayed a little bias.

It was announced in September that the Spencer native would appear on the NBC series, appearing first in the blind auditions for coaches Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine and Shelton.

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