Expect to see at least one local singer when “The Voice” kicks off its ninth season tonight and Tuesday on NBC.
Country singer James Dupre’, a native of Bayou Chicot in Evangeline Parish, sent out a message on Twitter Monday stating, “Today’s the day!! Are you ready?? #VoicePremiere #JamesDupre.”
Other tweets on Dupre’s web site confirmed the appearance, including one from Louisiana Country Music which said “We’re excited about seeing @JamesDupre on The Voice this season. Let’s hope he runs through the competition like Fournette against Auburn.”
Dupre’s appearance on “The Voice” is not his first performance on national TV. In 2010, Dupre’ appeared on “Ellen” after host Ellen Degeneres saw him on YouTube and invited him on the show.
Dupre’ performed the Matchbox Twenty song “3 AM.” A video of the performance can still be seen on ellentv.com.
Dupre’, who is now based in Nashville, is a former medic with Acadiana Ambulance. He has released one album, “It’s All Happening.”
“The Voice” airs at 7 p.m. today and Tuesday on NBC.