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Chris Blue, Lauren Duski score biggest blind audition hits on The Voice


Chris Blue listens to coaches' feedback following his blind audition on The Voice. (NBC Photo)

Chris Blue listens to coaches’ feedback following his blind audition on The Voice. (NBC Photo)

Talk about uncanny. One of the first and the very last contestant we met during The Voice Season 12 blind auditions scored the biggest hits on iTunes.

Lauren Duski, the country singer who decided to pursue music rather than dental school, was the second singer we met during the blind auditions.

She covered Jewel’s “You Were Meant for Me,” turned three chairs and joined Team Blake. By 8 a.m. the next morning, her song had cracked the Top 200 on the iTunes singles chart — the only song from the first night of blind auditions to do so.

And that turned out to be something that wasn’t going to happen very often.

In fact, it didn’t happen again until Tuesday, the final night of blind auditions.

Chris Blue took the stage with just one spot remaining in Season 12. He covered “Tracks of My Tears.” A delighted Alicia Keys snatched him up as the final member of her team.

By the following morning, the 26-year-old who has spent years in a family group called The Blue Brothers was sitting in the Top 200 on the iTunes singles chart.

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Over the course of the blind auditions, a couple other singers crept into the Top 200. Stephanie Rice did it with her emotional cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece by Piece;” Taylor Alexander did it with his unique country version of Cher’s “Believe.”

But Lauren and Chris were the only contestants to crack the Top 200 during what would be the normal voting window on The Voice.

Here’s a look at all the blind audition songs that cracked the Top 200, either overall or on a genre chart. All rankings were taken at 8 a.m. the day after the audition aired.

Keep in mind, as I always note, that some charts — the pop and country charts, in particular — are much more difficult to scale than the others, so it’s very difficult to compare performances between the chart.

Lauren Duski performs "You Were Meant for Me" during the blind auditions on The Voice. (NBC Photo)

Lauren Duski performs “You Were Meant for Me” during the blind auditions on The Voice. (NBC Photo)

Overall singles chart

#131 — Chris Blue, “Tracks of My Tears”

#162 — Lauren Duski, “You Were Meant for Me”

Alternative singles chart

#86 — Josh West, “Ordinary World”

Blues singles chart

#2 – Julien Martinez, “Pride and Joy”

Country singles chart

#35 — Lauren Duski, “You Were Meant for Me”

#42 — Taylor Alexander, “Believe”

#44 — Casi Joy, “Blue”

#111 — Valerie Ponzio, “Ring of Fire”

#154 — Sheena Brook, “Baby Girl”

Pop singles chart

#116 — Lilli Passero, “A Love of My Own”

#154 — Mark Isaiah, “Mercey

#159 — Sammie Zonana, “Dangerous Woman”

Reggae singles chart

#12 — Brandon Royal, “Master Blaster”

R&B / soul singles chart

#7 — Chris Blue, “Track of My Tears”

#25 — J. Chosen, “Sexual Healing”

#35 — Kawan DeBose, “Let’s Get It On”

#75 — Autumn Turner, “Last Dance”

#79 — TSoul, “Take Me To the River”

#100 — Felicia Temple, “All I Could Do Was Cry:

#108 — Quizz Swanigan, “Who’s Lovin’ You”

#138 — Malik Davage, “Sure Thing”

#172 — RJ Collins, “Purpose”

Rock singles chart

#9 — Stephanie Rice, “Piece by Piece”

#26 — Troy Ramey, “Wild World”

#40 — Johnny Gates, “Maggie May”

#79 — Johnny Hayes, “Try a Little Tenderness”

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