Chris Blue had a plan to avoid the same fate as many of his Voice predecessors. The pop and R&B singer told ET the key was "to not stay planted too long" and "attack" his goals just like he attacked the singing competition. But as boxing legend Mike Tyson once said, everybody has a plan until they get hit.
Blue went into the studio and presumably got hit with a reality check, because he changed his tune on the subject a few months later. "I [initially] was like 'You've got to strike while the iron is hot,' but for me what's most important is just being transparent — just giving my heart," Blue told ET in a follow-up interview, without going into details. "My prayer is that people will continue to love me whether they wait for a month or three months."
Technically, the wait turned out to be around seven months. By the time Blue released his first original single, "Blue Blood Blues," The Voice was already moving on to a new champion, Chloe Kohanski. Alicia Keys, who coached Blue on The Voice before becoming his manager, tried to reignite interest in her artist when she told her Instagram followers that "Blue Blood Blues" sounded like if Prince, Miguel, Otis Redding and Kanye West had a baby. And The Voice gave Blue a platform to promote the song when they invited him to perform it on the season 13 finale. The Knoxville, Tennessee native took them up on the offer with an elaborate saloon-themed set. But none of that made much of a difference as "Blue Blood Blues" failed to catch on, spending only two days on the iTunes US songs chart at No. 85 (via iTunesCharts.net). Blue might want to consider a different plan of attack.