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'The Voice's Brian Fuente: 'I disagree with coaches' battle comments'

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The Voice contestant Brian Fuente has said that he disagreed with the coaches' comments following his battle round duet with Jordis Unga.

The pair's coach Blake Shelton had suggested neither artist did as well as they could have in their battle round performance of 'Ironic' by Alanis Morissette on Monday night (March 5), while other remarks included Christina Aguilera saying they both sounded pitchy.

The Voice - Battle Round - Jordis v Brian Fuente

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However, speaking to reporters on a conference call, Fuente said: "I didn't really hear any pitch issues at all. The song was a difficult song to tackle, especially for me being a male; I've never heard any male artists attempt that song and it was definitely a challenge for me.

"I somewhat disagree with the comments. I think it was a challenging song, but I think we did an overall great job."

Fuente was ultimately sent home when Shelton chose Unga as his winner in the battle round, but the singer had nothing but good words for his coach.

"I did see Blake afterwards and he said he believed in me and to keep in touch," he said. "He's an awesome guy and we'll be speaking for sure."

Fuente went on to tell reporters that he had been inspired by how "humble" Shelton was, despite his success as a country artist: "He proved to me you can be of that status and still be humble, and I will always be like that."

The Voice S02E03 - Blind Auditions - Brian Fuente - Team Blake

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Fuente was mentored by Shelton's friend Kelly Clarkson before going into battle, and said her past experience in a similar environment on American Idol had helped him.

"Walking through that door and seeing Kelly Clarkson was absolutely shocking," he recalled. "To be able to sit there with such an amazing talent was just incredible. She's been through this experience before and she taught me so much about being confident.

"She was complimenting me on my voice saying, 'You have what it takes'. Hearing that from her... those words are irreplaceable. It was just mind-blowing we were able to share that experience together."

Summing up his entire experience on The Voice, he said: "I'm way more confident now than I was before the show because of Blake and Kelly. They both gave me so much inspiration to say, 'Now I can do what I wanted to do my entire life' and I'm living out my dream now."

The Voice airs Monday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

Watch Jordis Unga and Brian Fuente's battle below:



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