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Elyscia Jefferson's "Flawless," "Effortless" Voice Had 1 Coach Regret Not Turning

Sometimes a Coach doesn't turn their chair and ends up kicking themselves later.

By Matthew Jackson

On The Voice, you have to turn your chair relatively quickly. Blind Auditions move fast; a quick chair turn indicates enthusiasm, and it only takes a matter of seconds for some artists to make a choice in their heads. But of course, the Blind Auditions aren't always definitive. Coaches can play conservatively and end up kicking themselves for it later, and that's exactly what happened to one Coach during Elyscia Jefferson's Blind Audition Monday night.

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Watch the Season 26 premiere of The Voice on Monday, September 23 at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock. 

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Jefferson, a 20-year-old singer from Baltimore who travels and performs extensively with her family's band, immediately won over several Coaches with her performance of Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)." Despite quick turns from Reba McEntire, Dan + Shay, and Chance the Rapper, she couldn't quite win over John Legend, who listened quietly until the end of the song, then ended up regretting it.

Watch Elyscia Jefferson Perform Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" on The Voice Season 25

After Jefferson's audition ended, Chance the Rapper was the first to praise her performance, which included a fun new arrangement of the classic song, and plenty of notes that showcased her vocal range.

"I really like your tone," he said. "That was a crazy arrangement of 'P.Y.T.,' and I want to be there to support you in picking the songs and just showing America and the rest of the world who you are. You can really only do that on Team Chance."

Elyscia Jefferson appears in Season 25 Episode 5 of The Voice

Backstage before her audition, Jefferson cited two Coaches as key inspirations and people she'd love to work with: John Legend and Reba McEntire. While Legend didn't turn, McEntire definitely did, and knew exactly what to say to her prospective new team member.

"The way you perform on the stage, you're very at-ease, you're comfortable," she said. "I'd love to work with you so much because there's so many things that I can help you with. You inspire me. You're young and you're incredibly talented."

When it was Legend's turn to talk to Jefferson, he noted that he did consider turning his chair, but knew that the moment had probably already passed, particularly with three other Coaches already offering spots on their teams.

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"I was ready to turn after a while but then I was like 'I'm too late,'" Legend said. "I regret it. I'm sad."

In the end, Jefferson went with the instinct she showed backstage and picked McEntire as her Coach.

"Any time Reba beats you, you're kinda just like, 'I understand. I see what's happened here,'" Chance said after the audition ended.

How far will Elysica Jefferson go? Keep watching The Voice, Mondays at 8/7c and Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC and next day on Peacock.