Welcome to season 24 of The Voice! That’s right, we’ve now experienced two dozen of these things. For 24 seasons, we have watched the big red chairs turn over and over again during this musical extravaganza in which aspiring artists sing their hearts out while major music stars sit around and make fun of each other in an effort to prove why they should be trusted to lead people to victory… but, like, in a fun way. It feels like home!
Of course, the big news at the start of this new Voice journey is that stalwart coach Blake Shelton ended his 23-season run on the show earlier this year, but if you’re going to get anyone to take over the big country chair, it probably should be the Queen of Country herself, Reba McEntire. While Shelton’s name does come up several times as The Voice kicks things off, it’s nice to see season 24’s coaches — John Legend and Gwen Stefani, who return after some time off, and reigning champ Niall Horan join Reba in the red seats — have an immediate chemistry. This season should be fun.
Now that the Blind Auditions are officially over, and Reba’s Tots stand closed, let’s take a look at who’s who on each coach’s team.
Deejay Young / 33 / Tampa, Fla.
Blind Audition Song: “This Woman’s Work” by Kate Bush
Deejay — who’s been touring with Hamilton — impresses with his falsetto and stage presence, earning turns from John, Gwen, and Reba before landing on the team of one of his musical idols.
Mara Justine / 21 / Galloway, N.J.
Blind Audition Song: “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John
It was a battle to win this confident singer with the big range, but John is able to fend Niall off with an impromptu “All of Me” duet, and he safely brings home a singer he says is “soulful” with “amazing tone.”
Ephraim Owens / 36 / Indianapolis, Ind.
Blind Audition Song: “Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth
John is impressed by both Ephraim’s urgency and passion, as well as his technical skills. Ephraim is a big John Legend fan (and so is his daughter), so it’s a real win-win.
Stee / 34 / Bluffton, S.C.
Blind Audition Song: “Sugar” by Maroon 5
This seasoned performer nabs not only a four-chair turn, but the first block of the season. Although, John likely would’ve been the pick over Niall anyway, since Stee wanted to honor his late cousin, who was a huge John Legend fan.
Claudia B. / 24 / Nashville, Tenn.
Blind Audition Song: “Human Nature” by Michael Jackson
Claudia completely loses it when John, Niall, and Reba all turn during her audition, but they were all impressed with her bluesy interpretation of this song.
Talakai / 34 / Sacramento, Calif.
Blind Audition Song: “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith
This John Legend doppelgänger impresses his “long-lost twin” with the richness in his voice and an enviable tone.
Kaylee Shimizu / 17 / Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Blind Audition Song: “Golden Slumbers” by The Beatles
Kaylee easily gets a four-chair turn with her insane vocal range, cool, slow vibrato, and the fact that at just 17, she has complete control over it all.
Lila Forde / 24 / Seattle, Wash.
Blind Audition Song: “Can’t Find My Way Home” by Blind Faith
The Four-Chair Turn King reigns, scooping up this musician who makes a lot of nuanced vocal choices and has some tricks up her sleeve, but as John notes, it’s all “completely under control.”
Jarae Womack / 35 / West Palm Beach, Fla.
Blind Audition Song: “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse
Jarae completely makes this song her own in a sultry, haunting way and has all four coaches vying for her. John calls her not just a soul singer, but a soulful singer and that seals the deal.
Elizabeth Evans / 22 / Nashville, Tenn.
Blind Audition Song: “All I Wanted” by Paramore
From the moment Elizabeth scooped up into that big Hayley Williams note, John was hooked. Nerves played a factor here, but Elizabeth’s new coach thinks it’ll be all about song choice to get through that.
Willie Gomez / 37 / Miami, Fla.
Blind Audition Song: “La Bachata” by Manuel Turizo
This singer-dancer earns a four-chair turn thanks to his “strong, round voice.” John Legend is pumped to have someone who is already the “whole package” on his team.
Caleb Sasser / 27 / Goldsboro, N.C.
Blind Audition Song: “Another Sad Love Song” by Toni Braxton
The soft-spoken music teacher easily gets all four coaches to turn, but his deep love for R&B music and his creative, tasteful music choices make him and one of his biggest musical influences, John Legend, a great match.
Azán / 28 / Dallas, Tex.
Blind Audition Song: “Golden” by Jill Scott
This soul singer with a big range has some minor issues throughout, but John couldn’t be more excited to work with someone who has as gorgeous a tone and as contagious a positive attitude as Azán does.
Taylor Deneen / 23 / Oklahoma City, Okla.
Blind Audition Song: “Redbone” by Childish Gambino
John tells Taylor that she kept “getting better and better” throughout the song and in just a minute or two, she’s made him “a Taylor Deneen fan” with her “powerful but not overpowering” vocals that have a surprising sweetness to them.
Joslynn Rose / 16 / Lake Benton, Minn.
Blind Audition Song: “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence
Joslynn has a real Billie Eilish style to her vocals and Gwen is a fan of the teen’s ability to emote — such a fan, in fact, that she throws her shoe at her once Joslynn picks her.
Kristen Brown / 24 / Roseville, Calif.
Blind Audition Song: “Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood
Even Gwen’s surprised that this country singer chooses her over Reba, but Gwen calls her a “diamond in the rough” with an interesting tone — and she’s excited to iron out some of those rougher edges.
Juliette Ojeda / 20 / Miami, Fla.
Blind Audition Song: “Hopelessly Devoted to You” by Olivia Newton John
This audition is a little manic, but the bilingual singer has a lot of potential and Gwen’s excited to help Juliette work on control and stage performance.
Jenna Marquis / 19 / Simi Valley, Calif.
Blind Audition Song: “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus
Jenna picks a surprising but great song for her audition and it shows off several shades of her voice. She can do a lot and Gwen calls it a “dream” to be able to work with someone so young who already has such a distinct musical identity.
Chechi Sarai / 32 / Los Angeles, Calif.
Blind Audition Song: “Lovin’ You” by Minnie Riperton
Chechi kicks off her audition with an incredible whistle tone and proceeds to show off the many shades of her voice from there. She easily gets all four coaches to turn their chairs, but finds a kindred spirit in Gwen Stefani.
Rudi / 28 / San Antonio, Tex.
Blind Audition Song: “You Don’t Own Me” by Lesley Gore
Rudi’s R&B take on this classic song earns her a four-chair turn, but she joins Team Gwen after Gwen tells her how impressed she is with Rudi’s vocal control and stage presence. She calls Rudi “a full-package deal.”
Jason Arcilla / 34 / Pukalani, Hawaii
Blind Audition Song: “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac
Gwen blocks Reba to win this surprisingly sweet singer, whose performance she calls “soothing and beautiful.”
Bias / 23 / Chattanooga, Tenn.
Blind Audition Song: “God’s Country” by Blake Shelton
The country singer shows a lot of courage by singing a Blake Shelton song on this stage and he’s rewarded with turns from both the Queen of Country and “the Queen of Shelton.” Gwen is excited to play up Bias’s texture and growl.
Jacquie Roar / 37 / North Plains, Ore.
Blind Audition Song: “Here For the Party” by Gretchen Wilson
Jacquie not only has a big voice with some fun growl to it, but she knows how to have a good time. She gets a four-chair turn but leaves the coaching decision up to her young daughter, who just happens to be a big Gwen Stefani fan.
Brandon Montel / 29 / Memphis, Tenn.
Blind Audition Song: “Hard Place” by H.E.R.
Reba uses her block on John in hopes of getting this underground ballroom performer on her team, but Brandon goes with Gwen, who calls his voice “gorgeous,” “beautiful,” and “original.”
Kara Tenae / 33 / Riverside, Calif.
Blind Audition Song: “Boo’d Up” by Ella Mai
Kara Tenae almost had her career take off thanks to an opportunity to sing for Julia Michaels in an Uber commercial, but now she’s looking for a new way to make it. She starts by impressing Gwen with her beautiful vocals and obvious style and stage presence.
Eli Ward / 21 / Waterloo, Ill.
Blind Audition Song: “Bruises” by Lewis Capaldi
This college athlete goes a little off the rails the moment Gwen Stefani turns his chair for him, but she thinks the solid beginning of his performance is evidence of some real potential.
Claire Heilig / 30 / Virginia Beach, Va.
Blind Audition Song: “Tennessee Orange” by Megan Moroney
Gwen may call Claire a “Barbie doll” but she’s mostly impressed with the indie country singer’s grit and gravel in her vocals.
Calla Prejean / 22 / Houston, Tex.
Blind Audition Song: “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon
Calla is a pop and R&B singer who has a lot of experience in the country music world, so she has a real versatility to her. Gwen pushes her button because of Calla’s “rich and warm and round” tone.
Sophia Hoffman / 18 / Chula Vista, Calif.
Blind Audition Song: “Tell Me You Love Me” by Demi Lovato
Sophia auditioned in season 23 but couldn’t nab a spot on a team. This season, with a powerful belt, she gets both Reba and Niall to turn. Niall couldn’t resist the grit under her big vocals.
Alexa Wildish / 34 / Lyons, Colo.
Blind Audition Song: “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac
Alexa’s ability to emote and some confident vocal choices earn her a four-chair turn. Niall notes some pitch issues, but her storytelling ability and passion make her a strong competitor.
Olivia Minogue / 19 / Lockport, Ill.
Blind Audition Song: “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith
Olivia shows up wearing a Niall necklace, so this pairing was a foregone conclusion, but Niall hopes to bring out more of the rasp and bluesy-tones Olivia has in her voice.
Julia Roome / 13 / Warwick, N.Y.
Blind Audition Song: “Dream a Little Dream of Me” by Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra
Julia’s young and has a unique, stylized tone and she reminds Niall of his reigning champ Gina Miles, so why not test out a similar partnership in season 24?
Reid Zingale / 27 / Nashville, Tenn.
Blind Audition Song: “July” by Noah Cyrus
This is a stealthily good get for Team Niall. Reid is a storyteller through and through, with an ability to infuse some real emotion into his lyrics. “I know my fans are gonna love you,” Niall tells him. He isn’t wrong.
Noah Spencer / 20 / Richlands, Va.
Blind Audition Song: “Something in the Orange” by Zach Bryan
Gwen, Reba, and Niall all want to get their hands on this gravelly, emotional singer, but Noah is a fan of Niall’s cover of this very same song and the two have a lot in common when it comes to the music.
Laura Williams / 20 / Quakertown, Pa.
Blind Audition Song: “Fingers Crossed” by Lauren Spencer-Smith
Laura Williams says this is her first-ever gig, but you wouldn’t know it by her confidence on stage and her technical prowess. She scores a four-chair turn, with coaches impressed by her breath control and the character in her voice.
Blind Audition Song: “Hotline Bling” by Drake
Both Niall and John press their buttons almost immediately once they figure out what song LVNDR has given a cool, bluesy makeover to. “I love character, and you’ve got it in abundance,” Niall tells his new team member.
Tanner Massey / 19 / Oklahoma, Okla.
Blind Audition Song: “Before You Go” by Lewis Capaldi
Tanner is basically a younger version of Niall, so this matchup really works. Niall wants to work on Tanner’s nerves, but he already knows there’s a storyteller in there waiting to get out.
Nini Iris / 27 / Brooklyn, N.Y.
Blind Audition Song: “I See Red” by Everyone Loves An Outlaw
Nini made it to the Battles in Georgia’s version of The Voice, but her big, booming voice and a four-chair turn here gives her a chance to go even further.
Olivia Eden / 15 / Long Valley, N.J.
Blind Audition Song: “This Town” by Niall Horan
Niall thought Oliva was able to use his song to show off more of her voice than even he does. It impresses him enough to press his button.
Huntley / 33 / Fredericksburg, Va.
Blind Audition Song: “She Talks to Angels” by The Black Crowes
Single dad Huntley wins over all four of the coaches with his Chris Stapleton-esque rasp and impressive vocal control.
Brailey Lenderman / 33 / Nashville, Tenn.
Blind Audition Song: “If It Makes You Happy” by Sheryl Crow
Brailey describes her music as “coffee shop pop” which feels like a great fit for Team Niall, and Niall thinks the fact that Brailey picked a Sheryl Crow song for her audition speaks to her courage and ability to create a moment on stage.
Lennon Vanderdoes / 27 / Phoenix, Az.
Blind Audition Song: “The Night We Met” by Lord Huron
Niall calls Lennon “one of [his] favorite voices [he’s] heard all season” and basically begs Lennon and his songwriter vibes to join Team Niall, calling his voice “unique,” “pure,” and full of “character.”
Jordan Rainer / 33 / Nashville, Tenn.
Blind Audition Song: “Fancy” by Bobbie Gentry
Choosing a song made famous by Reba McEntire during her first season as a coach is a big risk, but it turns out Reba’s into Jordan’s version and her Johnny Cash-esque look. The risk pays off with a four-chair turn and spot on the Queen of Country’s team.
Jackson Snelling / 21 / Austin, Ind.
Blind Audition Song: “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” by Justin Moore
Jackson has some pitch issues, but Reba loves his “honest country singing.” She compares his voice to chocolate, which cannot be a bad thing.
Ruby Leigh / 16 / Foley, Mo.
Blind Audition Song: “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” by Patsy Montana
This teenage yodeler gets all four coaches to turn, but with their shared love for yodeling and country western music, Ruby’s choice to join Team Reba is a no-brainer.
Mac Royals / 30 / Wrightsville, Ark.
Blind Audition Song: “Gravity” by John Mayer
Mac Royals is not a country singer at all, but he and his grandma used to watch Reba’s TV show when he was little and he loves the passion and soul found in country music, so he makes an unlikely coaching choice during a four-chair turn — and it could not be more exciting.
Tom Nitti / 31 / New Hartford, N.Y.
Blind Audition Song: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” by Stevie Wonder
Reba turns for Tom at the very last minute and it seems meant to be: Tom might do a Stevie Wonder cover here, but he’s a cowboy at heart.
Alison Albrecht / Los Angeles, Calif.
Blind Audition Song: “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette
Reba is the only coach to turn for Alison (it only takes one!), and she loves Alison’s ability to show off both a powerful vocal range and sincerity.
Ms. Monét / 50 / Pittsburg, Calif.
Blind Audition Song: “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood
Ms. Monét has been a backup singer for some high profile acts (Huey Lewis and the News, Tim McGraw, Queen Latifah) and is clearly a pro at this. Reba is especially excited about her big, booming vocal range.
Rachele Nguyen / 17 / Cypress, Calif.
Blind Audition Song: “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis
Rachele is clearly nervous, but has some great moments that eventually inspire Reba to turn. Reba’s looking forward to helping Rachele “blossom” on The Voice.
Angelina Nazarian / 17 / Ann Arbor, Mich.
Blind Audition Song: “The Trouble With Love Is” by Kelly Clarkson
Reba is impressed with both the teen’s “gorgeous” voice and her song choice — taking on Kelly Clarkson is no joke.
Al Boogie / 37 / Gonzales, La.
Blind Audition Song: “Pickup Man” by Joe Diffie
“Country-with-a-capital-C” singer, as Reba calls him, auditioned during season 23, but couldn’t turn any chairs. He needs to add a little more passion and grit to his vocals, which Reba is looking forward to working on with him.
Blind Audition Song: “Scared to be Lonely” by Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa
The other coaches think Reba might have a “secret power” to suss out talent. CORii wins over the country queen with her big range and emotional performance.
Blind Audition Song: “Only Girl (In the World)” by Rihanna
Reba’s looking to assemble a team that stretches over all genres, and this R&B/pop singer does just that. Reba tells Crystal Nicole that she has “a very powerful, strong voice.”
Caitlin Quisenberry / 27 / Denver, Colo.
Blind Audition Song: “Rainbow” by Kacey Musgraves
A red-headed country singer? Caitlin was always destined for Team Reba.
Dylan Carter / 20 / Saint George, S.C.
Blind Audition Song: “I Look to You” by Whitney Houston
There’s not a dry eye in the house when Dylan sings this emotional tribute to his late mother — Reba can hardly speak after the performance! She’s thrilled to have such a “special” singer round out her team.
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
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