Updated with voting info — see in red below. Voting closes at 10 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, April 10.
If everybody gets 15 minutes of fame, Pip is in overtime.
The Eagle Scout who grew up singing at troop courts of honor has been on screen for at least 20 minutes so far on The Voice, NBC’s top-rated reality singing competition.
And that’s been enough for fans nationwide to get behind the Georgia native with the silky pipes. Fans of Pip are rallying on Facebook and Twitter, calling themselves Team Bowtie, a nod to the 19-year-old’s neckwear.
How is Pip handling his overnight fame? He called me last week during rehearsals in Los Angeles to share.
“I have only been on TV for 20 minutes total, but the fact that all these people are following me on Twitter and constantly messaging me and creating fan pages — it’s a little overwhelming,” he said. “These are people who have taken time out of their lives to be a part of mine. It’s a weird feeling, but it’s cool at the same time. It’s something that you worked for, and you always hoped would happen but never thought it would.”
For Pip’s dream ride to continue, though, he needs the help of Team Scouting. Read on to find out how you can do a Good Turn for this Eagle Scout.
After surviving the coaches’ cuts in the blind audition and one-on-one battle (watch those performances here and here), Pip is now in the live performance rounds. That means the power has shifted to viewers, who vote to keep their favorites alive each week.
Pip said he’s not letting that added pressure get to him, though.
“I’m excited to get out there and have fun,” he told me. “That’s all you can really do, because you don’t know the outcome. You just need to have fun with it. In the end, it is just a competition and you can’t take it too seriously.”
But don’t take that to mean he won’t Be Prepared.
“It’s about trying to make sure I know the song,” he said, “and then after that, you just get out there and throw everything you have on the stage. As much as you try and prepare for something like this, you really can’t. Knowing that there are 15 million people watching you can overwhelm every thought and preparation you have.”
Sounds exciting. I’ll be watching; will you?
- Watch. Tune in to The Voice tonight at 8/7 Central on NBC.
- Vote. After the show, vote for Pip. He says: “Just watch the show and, hopefully, like my performance. Then there’s five different ways to vote: Call, text (Sprint phones only), vote on Facebook, vote on the NBC Web site, or download my song on iTunes, which counts as one vote.”
- Wait. The singers who survive are announced during Tuesday’s live results show.
To reiterate, there are five different ways to vote, and you can use each method up to 10 times. In other words, if you really feel moved by Pip’s performance, you could give him up to 50 votes.
I’ll update the information below with the exact phone numbers and links tonight after the show.
- Call. Each performer is assigned a specific, toll-free number. Use that once the window opens after the show. Pip’s number is 1-866-U-LOVE-11 (1-866-856-8311).
- Text. Sprint customers can vote by text message. Text 11 to 97979.
- Facebook. Visit The Voice‘s Facebook page after the show.
- NBC Web site. Visit the show’s official Web site after the show.
- iTunes download. Downloading Pip’s song will count as one vote.
To help you remember what to do, Pip’s parents sent me the poster seen here. Feel free to download and share it with your friends!
Let’s do our best to help an Eagle Scout win The Voice!
Photo of Pip singing during the battle rounds is by Lewis Jacobs/NBC