21-Year-Old 'The Voice' Contestant Gets 4-Chair Turn with Powerful Rendition of Harry Styles' Song
21-year-old Zae Romeo melted hearts with his blind audition on “The Voice," getting the ultimate 4-chair turn from the coaches thanks to his powerful rendition of Harry Styles’ song, “Falling.”
Season 20 of “The Voice” is already off to a good start, and Tuesday’s episode brought along a stunner in 21-year-old Zae Romeo, who brought down the roof with his impressive singing vocals.
Romeo, who is from McKinney, Texas, took to stage to give a powerful rendition of Harry Styles’ 2019 hit tune, “Falling,” at the blind auditions. About 20 seconds after, the coaches began making faces, blown away by his strong voice.
At the 1-minute mark of his rendition, which was uploaded on YouTube, coaches Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton hit their buttons and turned around. This was followed shortly by Nick Jonas and finally John Legend.
At the end of the rendition, the coaches gushed over his impressive talent, with Shelton describing his voice as “unique and endearing.” Legend, who was blown away by Romeo, lauded his performance, saying:
“This is why we do the show, to work with special people like you who have a real beautiful gift and artistic flair.”
Jonas admitted that the song was spiritual, and it touched him, while Clarkson noted that she loved his voice which prompted her to turn around first. At the end of the reactions from coaches, Romeo chose Jonas to be his coach.
According to reports, Romeo grew up in the foster care system with his siblings. He explained in a pre-recorded segment that it was a heartbreaking experience, but he was lucky to get adopted at six alongside his siblings.
With just two episodes of season 20 aired, the coaches have been given fans hilarious bants while competing for contestants to join their team. On Tuesday, Shelton and Clarkson got into it while persuading contestant Gean Garcia.
After Shelton used his block button to stop Jonas from snagging the phenomenal 19-year-old who got a 3-chair turn, he and Clarkson exchanged words when he accused her of being too busy for the show.
While pleading with Garcia, Shelton hinted that the “Stronger” crooner was too busy with her Emmy-nominated daytime talk show, “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” and had gone “too Hollywood” to effectively coach.
However, Clarkson clapped back, noting that she had time to do it all before taking a jab at Shelton. She mentioned that he was always busy with magazine covers because of his relationship with Gwen Stefani.
Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend on Season 20 of "The Voice." | Photo: Getty Images
Unknown to fans of "The Voice," contestants who are selected to audition undergo a form of intense training for months before their blind auditions. This is to prepare them for scenarios like fainting and reacting to the coaches’ turns.