When Laith Al-Saadi took the stage for his "The Voice" blind audition, he certainly wasn't what any of the coaches could have been expecting. Armed with a booming voice and his electric guitar, the long-haired rocker tore through The Box Tops' "The Letter."
While Al-Saadi may not look like the prototypical pop star -- and he's definitely got a few years on his fellow competitors -- the experience he comes to the show with may be a wildcard. By his own account, he's performed 300 live shows a year for the past 20 years.
Nobody on "The Voice" -- including the judges -- can make that claim. He also has some pretty incredible guitar skills that helped him pull off an impressive solo, then do it again at Pharrell's request.
In the end he sided with rock and roll, choosing Adam Levine as his coach. It's really the smartest decision he could possibly make. If anyone's going to play into Al-Saadi's rock sensibilities, it's Levine.