Contestant returns to 'The Voice' seven years after failing a previous audition

Pedro Marrero
Oct 17, 2018
04:21 A.M.
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The past October 15 the last blind auditions to “The Voice” Season 15 were aired, and the public could see the moment when Matt Johnson finally entered the competition after having tried since the first season.


The episode revealed two things: the number of attempts people have to impress the singing competition’s judges enough to have a chance in the show is unlimited, and perseverance does pay off.

As Yahoo! Entertainment reported, Matt Johnson had unsuccessfully auditioned for the series, but he had never managed to make any of the judges turn their chairs for him, until now. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa

After seven years hoping to be part of the competition, Johnson’s rendition of Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much” earned him a place in the show’s 15th season.


“The Voice” official Facebook account shared the video of Johnson’s touching audition, adding the caption: "This artist auditioned every season and he finally made it!"

As the rest of the judges had already completed their teams, it was in Jennifer Hudson’s hands to get Johnson’s one step closer to his dreams. Luckily for him, his voice made her turn her chair.


The moment Hudson pressed the button for Johnson, the camera showed Johnson’s mother, who has been diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer, jumping with happiness for her son’s achievement.

After finishing his song, Johnson told the judges that he had been trying to enter the competition since 2011 when the show first aired, which made Adam Levine make a joke about it.


“That means you’ve been on this show about as long as Blake [Shelton] and I have. You should get an honorary chair!” the Maroon 5 frontman said.

"It's so refreshing to hear somebody sing such a legend, such an icon, like Luther Vandross," Hudson told Johnson, who was so happy to hear this from whom he called his “favorite singer.”


"Wow. Well, welcome to team J Hud!" the 2004 American Idol finalist exclaimed following Johnson’s display of appreciation for her.

“What I heard in Matt was what we’ve all been waiting to hear — the hunger for it, the passion for it. He’s finally made it. I am so, so, so excited about my team.”

-Jennifer Hudson, The Voice, October 15, 2018.

After this, Johnson introduced his mother, who had accompanied him every time he auditioned for the show, and the two shared a moment with Hudson onstage.


27-year-old Emma Fitzgerald is another contestant of “The Voice” in its Australian version that didn’t give up the first time she failed to make any of the judges turn around when she blind auditioned for the show.

Fitzgerald returned to audition one year after her first unsuccessful attempt and she sang the same song she had sung before: Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece by Piece.”

But this time she was so confident that she managed to make all four judges turn their chairs to see the woman behind the beautiful voice they had just heard.

“I was here last year and I sang that exact same song and didn't get a chair turn.  And I looked a little bit different to last year. I had red hair and I'm 50 kilos lighter,” Fitzgerald told the judges after her performance.

“[What's changed is] my confidence. I'm a much happier person than I was this time last year,” she said.