A Sacramento woman immediately impressed three of the four judges on NBC’s “The Voice” on Monday, sparking a battle between them over who would coach the singer.
Katie Rae performed Maren Morris’ “The Bones” for the show’s blind auditions, causing judges John Legend and Kelly Clarkson to press the buttons on their chairs and turn around after just seconds after hearing. Rae’s voice.
Ariana Grande, the show’s new coach, followed soon after, and Rae quickly received a standing ovation from Legend and Grande.
Rae, 35, spoke to the judges about her mental health issues following the birth of her now 3-year-old son, saying she started listening to Morris’s music during this time.
Clarkson praised Rae’s song choice, and Legend noted that he turned around first during Rae’s performance, but Grande was unwilling to give up her chance to recruit Rae.
Grande cut Legend off during her speech, pressing a button that played her song “Thank U, Next” and causing the audience and Clarkson to burst out laughing.
Clarkson, who said Rae’s voice was “like sizzling butter,” bonded with the candidate about their shared motherhood experiences, saying she had a 5-year-old son.
“I’ll have a baby for you to be on my team,” Grande joked. “I’m not, but I would.”
The conversation turned serious for a while as Grande reflected on her own career and its struggles.
“I may be new here, but I also have a lot of experience. I’ve crammed a lot into a small 10-year span of my life, ”said the Grammy winner, 28. “I went through hell and came back. I would love to work together, create, sing and be your coach.
Rae said she liked all three judges, but ultimately chose Grande as her coach.
Rae is a lifelong music lover who started singing in cafes with her family and in her school choir from a young age, her contestant page says. She took a hiatus after having her son, and eventually returned to music with her appearance on “The Voice”.
“I finally had my first artist,” Grande said later on the show. “She and I have some of the same influences. I’m so excited that she’s on my team, you have no idea.
The Voice airs at 8 p.m. PT on Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.