MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

May 8, 2013

Judges praise Swons’ performance

By Wendy Burton
Phoenix Staff Writer

— While Zach and Colton Swon didn’t appear to break a sweat during their live performance on “The Voice,” their girlfriends had knocking knees, the girls said.

Racie Jackson and Lacey Lashley were at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame with the Swon Brothers’ families and many Muskogee fans for the brothers’ first live performance.

“I was so nervous. I haven’t eaten all day,” Jackson said. “I’ve been freaking out. I think they did great though.”

When the brothers’ turn came on the show, the lead-in to their performance showed them practicing “Fishing in the Dark” with Blake Shelton.

As usual, the brothers were joking around a bit, first pretending to spar a little as they were announced as the next singers, then showing more of their funny side during rehearsals.

“If you make me sound bad, dude,” Zach said, looking at the ceiling and sighing.

It’s all in jest, Jackson and Lashley said — but the brothers are putting the “real” in the reality show.

“Oh, that’s them. They play off each other constantly,” Lashley said.

“What you see is exactly who they are,” Jackson said.

The watch party at OMHOF saw many fans, cheering loudly, whistling and clapping with gusto with each glimpse of the brothers on the show.

During their performance the audience clapped along, some even singing along, and when Colton stepped off the stage and sang his way into the audience, the OMHOF fairly shook on its foundations from the noise.

All four judges on “The Voice” praised the performance.

Usher said it was “pretty cool,” though he didn’t know the song, and praised Colton for “giving the audience a lot of fun.”

Shakira said the brothers are always relaxed, and she feels comfortable watching their entertaining performances.

“You guys are so much fun to watch,” she said. “You just vibe and I love that.”

No coach was more full of praise than their coach, Blake Shelton.

“Everything we talked about went great,” Shelton told the brothers. “Harmonies were tight. It was just really good.”

Voting for “The Voice” begins five minutes before the end of each live performance show and continues until 9 a.m. the next day.

There are multiple ways to vote, including by text, email, phone and by downloading the song from iTunes the brothers performed.

Visit NBC’s “The Voice” website for more information on voting.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton@muskogeephoenix.com.

What’s next



NBC’s “The Voice” comes on again at 7 p.m. today on KJRH with results from the audience votes. Four performers will be sent home.