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Camila Cabello Reveals She Auditioned for The Voice as an Artist Prior to Her Big Break

And the reason she ended up pursuing The X-Factor instead was priceless. 

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Ahead of The Voice Season 22 premiere, Coach Camila Cabello revealed some new information to NBC Insider about her days before fame — which even surprised her fellow Coaches.

While talking about getting her big break as a singer on another talent competition series, The X Factor, fellow Coach Blake Shelton inquired as to why Cabello didn’t choose to audition for The Voice instead. Then, the “Havana” singer dropped a bomb on everyone.

Related: A Complete Timeline of Camila Cabello's Career

“The truth is – I actually did audition for The Voice,” Cabello said, prompting an audible gasp from Gwen Stefani. “What?!” the "Cool" singer exclaimed.

“Did you really?!” Chimed in Shelton, equally as surprised. “Oh wow!" added John Legend.  

If it came down to choosing a Coach, Cabello revealed she would have gone with either Voice alums Adam Levine or Christina Aguilera because she was drawn to pop and R&B, something that Shelton contested.

"You don't think of me when you think of pop?" Shelton asked cheekily. 

"You're like: 'Country; I wanna stay in my country box!'" Cabello teased. "Unless I wanna switch genres right now? Uh, I don't know." 

While she didn't end up competing on Team Adam or Team Christina, Cabello explained why she went the The X Factor route instead: She was fueled by teenage fangirl love! “I wanted to meet One Direction because I was in love with Harry Styles,” she explained. Even though she appeared on the US version of The X Factor, and Styles rose to fame on the UK edition, Cabello knew that their paths would cross eventually – and she turned out to be right. “I knew they were gonna perform there, and they did, they performed there literally second week of live shows,” she said.

Considering the intentions of her major life choice, things turned out well for Cabello. And her journey from her audition days has come full circle: Cabello will return to her talent competition series roots as a new coach on Season 22 of The Voice. Check out who joins her team starting on Monday, September 19 at 8/7c on NBC.

Watch The Voice on NBC Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c and next day on Peacock.  

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