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People Who Auditioned for The Voice Multiple Times
These talented artists returned to The Voice auditions to get their name out there.
Auditioning for The Voice is no easy feat, as artists are competing with some of the most talented singers across the nation.
However, if at first you don't succeed, you can always brush yourself off and try again, as there have been multiple amazing voices on the hit NBC show who have given it more than one shot. But who exactly has tried out for The Voice more than once?
All the people who auditioned for The Voice multiple times
Daniel Rosa (Seasons 2 & 3)
First song: "Animal" (Neon Trees)
Second song: "Somebody That I Used to Know" (Gotye)
A native of Riverside, California, Daniel Rosa failed to elicit any Chair Turns with a rendition of Neon Trees' "Animal" during the show's sophomore season. His luck changed for the better a season later when he successfully boarded CeeLo Green's team with Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know." (Rosa was ultimately eliminated during Battles.)
Dez Duron (Seasons 2 & 3)
First song: "I Want It That Way" (Backstreet Boys)
Second song: "Sara Smile" (Hall & Oates)
Hailing from Shreveport, Louisiana, Duron was drafted onto Christina Aguilera's team, but found himself eliminated from the remaining crop of 12 contestants. "Working with [Christina] on the stage has been the greatest moment of my life," he said at the time. "Christina taught me that everything happens for a reason; you gotta keep believing and keep knocking."
Sam James (Seasons 2 & 3)
First song: “I Don't Want To Be" (Gavin DeGraw)
Second song: "Imagine" (John Lennon)
An acoustic take on John Lennon's "Imagine" was enough to land a Chair Turn from Adam Levine in Season 3, though James would lose out on the top prize during Knockouts.
Garrett Gardner (Seasons 3 & 4)
First song: “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” (Credence Clearwater Revival)
Second song: "Seven Nation Army" (The White Stripes)
A member of Team Shakria, Garnder was eliminated during Season 3 Knockouts following a performance of The Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way."
Matt Cermanski (Seasons 4 & 5)
First song: "Teenage Dream" (Katy Perry)
Second song: "Have a Little Faith in Me" (Coverage)
From no Chair Turns in Season 4 to a total of three in Season 5, Cermanski joined Team Adam with a cover of Coverage's "Have a Little Faith in Me." He chose this particular track because "it’s a soulful rock song," the musician explained to NBC 10 News in 2013. "It’s so similar to something I would write. It has a lot of symbolic meaning for me coming back on the show." He was eliminated during Knockouts.
Delvin Choice (Seasons 5 & 6)
First song: "Closer" (Ne-Yo)
Second song: "A Song For You" (Donny Hathaway)
A Four-Chair Turn kind of guy, Choice was the right...*ahem*... choice for Team Adam and even made it to the Final 8 before he was knocked out of the running. "I was able to be on a platform that put me in front of millions,” he said earlier this year. "I got to share my gift in front of the world."
Jake Worthington (Seasons 5 & 6)
First song: “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” (Georgia Satellites)
Second song: "Don't Close Your Eyes" (Keith Whitley)
Under the tutelage of Blake Shelton, Worthington took second place at the end of Season 6. "The Voice was a great experience," the country music singer said this past spring. "[It was] a life changing experience, there is no other way to put it as far as I’m concerned. If I didn’t get to do that, I wouldn’t have dove off into musicality the way that I have done over the years and continue to still try. It’s one of them things!"
Ddendyl Hoyt (Seasons 5 & 6)
First song: N/A
Second song: "Stand By Me" (Ben E. King)
A classically trained singer and pianist since the age of 5, Hoyt moved around from Los Angeles to New York City to Washington D.C. in pursuit of her dream, and previously worked as a lounge singer.
Hoyt's first stint on The Voice was in Season 5 during a pre-television screening when her friend who was a music manager was asked by the show's producers for recommendations for talented singers. Although producers were impressed by Hoyt, they chose to go in a different direction for Season 5. However, they saw her potential, and requested that she make a return for the next season. She accepted the challenge, and it ended up being a wise choice, as she managed to land a Blind Audition, giving a boost to her career.
The public got reintroduced to Hoyt when she sang "Stand By Me" for her Season 6 Blind Audition, and received a Chair Turn from Shakira almost instantly. She made it as far as the second Battle Round, where she sang "Say Something" by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera, but lost against Deja Hall.
“You can’t pay for this kind of exposure,” she told The Washington Post. “You’d never be able to afford it.”
Deanna Johnson (Seasons 5 & 8)
First song: "Stars" (Grace Potter)
Second song: "All I Want" (Kodaline)
Not discouraged by the lack of Chair Turns in Season 5, Johnson returned with a vengeance in Season 8, landing a coveted spot on Team Adam and making it all the way to the Top 10.
Allison Bray (Seasons 6 & 7)
First song: "Where the Boys Are" (Connie Francis)
Second song: "Merry Go Round" (Kacey Musgraves)
The Louisville native's cover of Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go Round" was enough to secure three Chair Turns from Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, and Blake Shelton. Bray joined Team Blake, but was eliminated during Knockouts.
Tanner Linford (Seasons 6 & 7)
First song: "Stay" (Rihanna)
Second: "When You Say Nothing at All" (Keith Whitley)
At just 17-years-old, Linford became a part of Team Blake on the merits of Keith Whitley's "When You Say Nothing at All." Linford called it "one of the craziest moments" of his life during an interview with his local news station in Utah. "Once he turned, I went from a state of despair to complete happiness. It just totally changed everything. He was eliminated during Knockouts.
Ivonne Acero (Seasons 8 & 9)
First song: "Try" (Colbie Caillat)
Second: "Style" (Taylor Swift)
Originally a member of Team Pharrell, Acero was stolen by Blake during Battles. She made it all the way to the Playoffs, but lost to Jordan Smith and Adam Levine.
Jej Vinson (Season 8 & 23)
First song: "Passionfruit" (Drake)
Second song: "Leave the Door Open" (Silk Sonic)
Vinson first found success in Season 8 under Team Kelly Clarkson when he performed a show-stopping rendition of "Passionfruit" by Drake for his Blind Audition in Season 16. Although he was eliminated after The Live Shows, he came back in full force for Season 23, albeit in a different form. This time, he performed with the trio Sheer Element, who elected to sing a smooth version of "Leave the Door Open" by Silk Sonic for their Blind Audition. The group received chair turns from Clarkson, Niall Horan, and Chance the Rapper, and Clarkson recognized Vinson immediately when she turned around.
“He was Team Kelly on another season. He is incredible, that is insane,” Clarkson said. “You’re incredible and I already love Jej’s voice. You’re so incredibly tight and you know your vibe. You’re not picking a coach to teach you anything about that. You’re picking a coach for song selection, and that’s really key,” she told the group.
Knowing how far Clarkson got Vinson last time, Sheer Element ended up choosing her as a Coach again.
Jordan Smith (Season 9)
First song: N/A
Second song: "Chandelier" (Sia)
Now known as the Winner of Season 9, the Kentucky native blew everyone away with his unique cover of "Chandelier" by Sia for his Blind Audition, receiving four Chair Turns. He ended up choosing Adam Levine to be his Coach, and the rest is history, as he went on to make waves on the Billboard Christian charts that year.
However, his fame almost didn't come to be, as he auditioned for producers a year earlier and did not advance to the next round. Smith sure is wise that he didn't let one setback weigh him down, and that he chose to persist and audition again.
"I went to an open call in Nashville in February 2014. I got a callback, but then I didn’t hear anything. I figured it must not have been the right time; maybe it wasn’t meant to be. And then a year later, I heard that auditions were coming near me again and I considered it, but then I got a call from a scout who had seen a video of mine online. He wasn’t aware that I had auditioned before, but he wanted me to come in and audition in Atlanta. And this time, it all worked out. It was a really tough lesson for me at the time [when I didn’t make it], but it was a really important lesson about holding on and not giving up on something that you want to do," he told Yahoo in 2015.
Bryan Bautista (Seasons 9 & 10)
First song: "Locked Out of Heaven" (Bruno Mars)
Second song: "The Hills" ("The Weeknd")
Bautista's blind audition of "The Hills" by The Weeknd in Season 10 catapulted him onto Team Christina and into the Top 8.
Caroline Burns (Seasons 9 & 10)
First song: “A Thousand Years” (Christina Perri)
Second song: "So Far Away" (Carole King)
Burns — who was encouraged to return by Pharrell in Season 9 — made it to the Season 10 Playoffs while on Team Adam.
Joe Maye (Seasons 9 & 10)
First song: “Word Up!” (Cameo)
Second song: “I Put a Spell On You” (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)
Stolen away from Team Christina by Blake Shelton during Season 10 Knockouts, Maye (a dual mixologist and musician) made it all the way to the Playoffs.
Nolan Neal (Seasons 10 & 11)
First song: “Drive” (Incubus)
Second song: “Tiny Dancer” (Elton John)
Neal, who tragically died of a drug overdose last year at the age of 41, became a member of Team Adam in Season 11 and made it to the Knockouts round.
Johnny Hayes (Seasons 11 & 12)
First song: “Traveller” (Chris Stapleton)
Second song: "Try A Little Tenderness" (Otis Redding)
A native of Mobile, Alabama, Hayes landed a spot on Team Adam through a performance of Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" and reached the Season 12 Playoffs before his elimination.
Adam Pearce (Seasons 12 & 13)
First song: “A Whiter Shade of Pale" (Procol Harum)
Second song: "Hot Blooded" (Foreigner)
Stolen from Adam Levine by Miley Cyrus during Season 13 Knockouts, Pearce ended up reaching the Playoffs.
Makenzie Thomas (Seasons 14 & 15)
First song: “Redbone" (Childish Gambino)
Second song: "Big White Room" (Jessie J)
Thomas's returned in Season 15 with a soulful rendition of Jessie J's "Big White Room" and landed a spot on Jennifer Hudson's team. She made it all the way to the Final 8 before her elimination.
Mercedes Ferreira-Dias (Seasons 14 & 15)
First song: “All I Ask" (Adele)
Second song: "She Used to be Mine" (Sara Bareilles)
Adele's "All I Ask" wasn't enough for a single Chair Turn, but Ferreira-Dias's returned a season later with a haunting performance of Sara Bareilles's "She Used to be Mine," which landed turns from Blake and Kelly. She joined Team Shelton, but was eliminated during Battles.
Lisa Ramey (Seasons 15 & 16)
First song: “Beautiful Trauma (Pink)
Second song: "Sex on Fire" (Kings of Leon)
Following a fiery take on Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire," Ramey reached the Season 16 Playoffs under John Legend.
Corey Ward (Seasons 19 & 20)
First song: "Way Down We Go" (KALEO)
Second song: "Dancing on My Own" (Robyn)
Ward's Season 19 attempt with KALEO's "Way Down We Go" didn't turn any chairs, but he returned a season later with Robyn's "Dancing on My Own." Both Legend and Clarkson turned their chairs, with Ward choosing to join the latter, who Coached him to the Final 9.
Hailey Green (Seasons 19 & 21)
First song: "Soulshine" (The Allman Brothers)
Second song: "Home" (Marc Broussard)
After singing Marc Broussard's "Home" during her second blind audition, Green landed on Team Blake and made it to the Season 21 Knockouts round.
Kara McKee (Season 22)
First song: N/A
Second song: "Woodstock" (Joni Mitchell)
If there's ever a sign to never give up on your dreams, this is the one. McKee gave up her corporate job to pursue her singing career, and the Rhode Island native had been auditioning for The Voice for 10 years before she landed a Blind Audition spot in Season 22. There, she sang a gorgeous rendition of "Woodstock" by Joni Mitchell.
"I thought your take on that was so cool," John Legend told her after turning his chair.
McKee told NBC 10 News that before Season 22, she almost quit auditioning for the show. Soon after she told her family she was done, she then got a call from a producer asking her to try out one more time.
"I am so glad I get to work with John Legend because that's who I wanted," Kara said.
Manasseh Samone (Seasons 22 & 23)
First song: "Rescue" (Lauren Daigle)
Second song: "Rise Up" (Andra Day)
The Dallas-based Samone refused to give up after the No-Chair turn scenario she faced in Season 22. "I have this voice, God has given it to me, and I'm not gonna let this one 'No' stop me," she told her local NBC News station.
She returned in Season 23 and joined Team Chance, making it all the way to the Season 23 Playoffs thanks to the newly-introduced "Playoff Pass." Sadly, she and Chance lost the final victory to Gina Miles and first-time Coach Niall Horan.
Tiana Goss (Seasons 22 & 23)
First song: "Say it Right" (Nelly Furtado)
Second song: "Emotion" (Samanthan Sang)
Originally a member of Team Naill, Gross was shifted over to Chance during Battles.