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Hear Why Jenna Marquis Was Compared to Rihanna and Olivia Rodrigo During Her Audition
Marquis covered "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus.
When a Contestant on The Voice is compared to not one, not two, but three of the top Artists of today during their performance, it’s a very good sign. That’s exactly what happened to 19-year-old Jenna Marquis during her Blind Audition, when Coaches Reba McEntire, John Legend, Gwen Stefani, and Niall Horan all vied for Marquis to join their team.
Marquis, who is from Simi Valley, California, performed “Teenage Dirtbag” by the rock band Wheatus — a song that Marquis correctly identified would be unique when sung by a woman rather than by a man. And, indeed, Marquis’ cover is an exciting and tonally different rendition of the track, and it resulted in a Three-Chair Turn. (Only Reba McEntire refrained from hitting the button.)
Jenna Marquis sings "Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus for The Voice Season 24 Blind Auditions
Marquis explained that the first time she heard “Teenage Dirtbag,” was, in fact, at a One Direction concert, and Horan confirmed that the band used to cover it, and he argued that that’s why Marquis should pick him.
“That was so explosive. You remind me of Olivia,” Horan said, comparing her to Guts singer Olivia Rodrigo.
Legend compared Marquis to two other major pop stars, though.
“The beginning of that song, you gave us some of the Billie Elish with some of the slow vibrato, but when you started to get into sort of that raspy end of your slow vibrato, you started to remind me of Rihanna,” Legend said. “So much of pop music is open to you.”
Ultimately, though, Marquis went with Stefani, who said it was her dream to work with “a young girl who already has such an identity.”
“I thought I’d gotten rid of Blake, but there’s definitely a big piece of him behind, still,” Horan said, following his loss. “He’s left Gwen Stefani behind, and I have to fight her, too.”
How far will Marquis go? Find out by watching The Voice Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock