Jon Mero: Being told I could potentially win 'The Voice' by coach Adam Levine adds a lot of pressure
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/13/2017
Jon Mero is currently a contestant on The Voice's thirteenth season on NBC.
Jon, a 31-year-old corporate singer from Iowa who currently resides in Atlanta, GA, often sings at weddings and even once performed in a band behind CeeLo Green, but he hoped The Voice would be his big break.
Jon joined Adam's team after listening to the coaches' arguments because he believed the Maroon 5 frontman best represents the genre in which he'd like to perform going forward, and then Adam admitted the artist is "potentially the winner" of The Voice because he's "so charismatic and so talented."
When Reality TV World asked Jon after his audition aired on NBC whether a huge compliment like that adds pressure or relieves some of it heading into "The Battle Round," Jon insisted, "I don't think that takes pressure off at all."
One might assume that since Adam fought so hard to win Jon as a team member, the coach would be very reluctant to eliminate him in the next round. But Jon doesn't feel that way.
"I think that adds a lot of pressure because it kind of raises the expectation. I basically have to bring it every single time that I perform. So I don't think that it takes pressure [off]. I definitely -- it made me feel like I need to make sure that I'm on my A Game every single time," Jon explained.
After his Blind Audition, Jennifer gushed about how Jon didn't come to The Voice, that instead, the coaches went to his show. And she also called him a star.
Miley bonded with Jon over bedazzled denim, and then Adam commented how he has "a tremendous voice" and reminds him of Prince because of the way he connects with people using just his DNA. Adam acknowledged it'd be "an honor to work" with him on just a step of his never-ending career.
Blake called Jon "an incredible singer" and dancer, and Miley hoped Jon would choose her because she's "a super dedicated coach" this season.
But Jon knew in his heart Adam was the right coach for him, as he told other reporters during the conference call that he's always been a huge fan of Maroon 5.
"I honestly had always gunned for Adam. I had wanted to pick either Adam or Blake, quite honestly, because I kind of like doing things that people don't expect me to do, but Adam was always there in the works and I'm so happy that he had turned around and I got to pick him," he revealed.
Jon said Maroon 5 was the first band his parents allowed him to listen to at a young age once he was finally introduced to secular music.
"Of course it was the Songs about Jane album, and I just loved kind of the funk inside of Maroon 5's music," Jon gushed, adding "I definitely consider myself a pop singer."
Jon also revealed he is sometimes compared to Bruno Mars, whom he believes is "the greatest pop entertainer of all time."