The audition process for 'The Voice' is grueling. Out of hundreds of thousands of hopefuls, only the best of the best make it to the blind auditions where America gets to watch their dream end or being. It is a process that literally lasts months. From filling out the initial application and the casting call to the crowning of the winner, only the toughest survive. And, only one lucky (and talented) vocalist gets the coveted title of 'Voice' champ and the $100,000 and record deal that comes along with it each season.
But, one Season 10 vocalist admits that he never wanted the title, the money, or the record deal. To put it bluntly, he never wanted to win at all.
In a recent interview, Michigan native and 'Voice' Season 10 finalist Laith Al-Saadi told a reporter that he was happy he hadn't won.
"It's a 360 deal. It means they represent you in every facet of your life. They really do kind of own you. They own your intellectual property, they own your merchandising, they own the rights to you, and to obviously making records with you and your touring and all that stuff.
"This is probably not going to be popular to say, but I actually never wanted to win. That was my scariest thing even about going into the situation is what that was, to possibly give up. And the thing is, it's probably foolish of me because that is a wonderful record company, they're huge, they have immense power compared to what I could do independently or with a small label."
From day one, Al-Saadi was an unlikely success. His image, his style, and his voice set him apart from the rest of the competition, putting thousands of new fans in his corner. The Team Adam member ultimately placed fourth behind Team Pharrell's Hannah Huston, Team Blake's Adam Wakefield, and Season 10 winner Alisan Porter from Team Christina. But, we doubt this is the last we'll hear from the bearded singer.
"For those that are fans of mine, is that there's no way that I'm going to stop playing regularly and all the time," Al-Saadi said. "Regardless of my level of fame or what I'm able to salvage out of this whole thing, I'm totally going to be playing music all the time and using this as an opportunity to put out more music."
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