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How Jordan Rainer Got a 4-Chair Turn Singing a Reba McEntire Classic
It's always a risk when an Artist sings a Coach's song right in front of them — but with high risk comes high reward!
When an Artist attempts to sing a Coach's song in front of said Coach on The Voice, it's always a gamble. But sometimes you win the jackpot — which is exactly what happened to Jordan Rainer during the show's Season 24 premiere on September 25.
Rainer gave herself a tall order: "Fancy" by Reba McEntire, made even more challenging by the fact McEntire herself was sitting mere steps away in a Coach's chair. (The country icon is a first-time Coach this year, sitting alongside veterans Gwen Stefani, John Legend, and second-timer Niall Horan.)
That said, Rainer knocked the song out of the park and earned herself a coveted Four-Chair turn. The Coaches had nothing but incredible things to say about her performance.
Watch Jordan Rainer sing Reba McEntire's "Fancy" during The Voice Season 24 Blind Auditions
"I heard an exceptional vocalist on this stage," Legend told Rainer. "Any of us would be lucky to work with you. Why did you pick that particular Reba song?"
"Because it's the best," Rainer said in response, earning an applause from the audience. "It was written by a strong woman [Bobbie Gentry]. It was made famous by a strong woman. And it represents, lyrically, what women do to survive. I am a woman who has done what I've had to do to survive. I feel that song in every bone in my body."
The Coaches certainly felt Rainer's passion for the song. In fact, Horan was so keen on getting Rainer to pick him that he got a little crafty with his button. He employed his good buddy Blake Shelton to record some complimentary things about him that played whenever he tapped his buzzer. "Niall is like a son to me," Shelton said first, followed by "Niall is a global superstar" and "Niall is an attractive guy."
None of that tomfoolery worked, though. Rainer stuck to her McEntire fandom and picked her as her Coach.
So, how far will Rainer go in the competition? Find out by watching The Voice Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock.