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Updated: Bedford's Collin McLoughlin on 'The Voice'

The singer-songwriter competed on NBC's popular singing competition tonight at 8 p.m. Adam Levine said his voice was "pure."

Updated, 8:30 p.m.

Three out of four judges turned around for Collin McLoughlin on tonight's blind audition episode of the Voice. Adam Levine called McLoughlin's singing "one of the purest voices" he's heard. McLoughlin responded by choosing to be on Levine's team.

First story:

Local singer-songwriter Collin McLoughlin will have a go at impressing musical stars-turned-judges on 'The Voice' Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

The competition features Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green—pop, R&B, hip-hop and country music stars in their own right—as reviewers of up-and-coming talent. Tonight's show is a "blind audition," meaning the judges base their decisions solely on what they hear—and not what the artist looks like.

If a judge likes what they hear, he or she can select an artist for their team. If more than one judge selects an artist, the singer may choose whom they want to work with. If no one selects an artist at all, they are eliminated from the competition. 

In a preview of tonight's show, McLoughlin reveals some anxiety over his choices to pursue a musical career.

"I sacrificed everything for music. I've abandoned a professional degree in graduate school, I've moved home. If nobody turns for me maybe my parents were right...maybe my gut was not right in this case," he said.

McLoughlin, 24, graduated from the Rippowam Cisqua School where he picked up his first guitar. He went on to graduate from the Wooster School in Danbury, CT, then graduated from Colgate University where he started the first college record label called Broad Street Records. He's on a current leave of absence from New York University's Steinhardt School of Music Management to pursue his dream of becoming a professional musician.

McLoughlin was previously nominated by Billboard.com as one of three unsigned musical talents to compete for the slot to perform live on network telivision at the Billboard Music Awards.

His first release in 2011, "Chasing Dreams," reached over 350,000 Youtube views in a few short months. His YouTube cover series, in which he sings other artists' hits, "pairing electronic elements with classic acoustic melodies," according to his Facebook page, received 5 million hits in one year.

What will happen? Tune in tonight at 8 p.m. to catch McLoughlin's blind audition to find out!

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Alison Bert September 19, 2012 at 01:19 AM
I just heard Collin on "The Voice," and he was a joy to listen to. He sang "Wild World" by Cat Stevens in a voice that was pure and direct with excellent vocal quality. He has a real gift, and I hope to hear much more of him. Thank you for this article.
Marie September 19, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Congrats Collin! Nico said you would be chosen. I am sure Adam will help you. I wish I knew you were going to be on! Had to watch a bit of it online. <3 seeing your Mom be so happy & proud! Maybe I will hear you in your own concert one day?
Lisa Buchman September 19, 2012 at 01:59 AM
He was terrific! I've been enjoying his Youtube covers tonight and look forward to more original music. We'll be following your progress on the show!

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