Ann Arbor's Laith Al-Saadi didn't win NBC's "The Voice" on Tuesday night, May 24. But there's no question he scored points that will help elevate his career moving forward.
The blues-rock guitarist, who was "coached" on the program by Adam Levine, finished four for the reality show's 10th season competition, finishing behind champion Alisan Porter, runner-up Adam Wakefield and third-place finisher Hannah Huston. But Al-Saadi did walk away with a new car from Nissan, which each of the finalists received, and got plenty of airtime during the finale.
Laith joined Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh for a rendition of Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way," and for his version of Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia On My Mind" Al-Saadi brought back eliminated contestants Shalyah Fearing and Katie Basdan (Owen Danoff was also supposed to take part but was ill). He also received kind words from Levine during a pre-taped segment, in which the coach noted that he and Al-Saadi "connect in a special way."
Al-Saadi himself explained that, "I was happy to find some way to get to the next level," adding that he "can't wait for life to begin when this is over 'cause I got so much support" from viewers. He also confessed that he was initially unhappy about "the glam squad" makeup crew but eventually grew to like having his hair and lengthy beard cared for by professionals.
Al-Saadi's performances from "The Voice," including his original song "Morning Light," are available for download via iTunes.