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“You’ve Got Some Pipes”: Why Dan + Shay Stole Stevie Nicks-Esque Olivia Rubini

Just because you didn't win doesn't mean you've lost.

By Cassidy Ward

The Voice Season 25 Contestant Olivia Rubini impressed John Legend during the Blinds with her style, nuance, and old-school sensibility. Rubini grew up the daughter of a music producer and drummer, napping in guitar cases and soaking up the music all around her, according to her official NBC biography. She’s been writing and recording music since she was five years old and released her first solo album, Silhouettes, in 2021.

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While pursuing a musical career, Rubini also studied international relations and political science, and she’s hoping to win The Voice to avoid her Plan B: going to law school. A performance of Linda Ronstadt’s “Long, Long Time” earned her the rarest seat in the house. By that time, only John Legend had any room left on his team, and Rubini swiped the last spot.

Olivia Rubini sings “Edge of Seventeen” with Jackie Romeo on The Voice Season 25 Battles

Olivia Rubini performs on The Voice episode 2506

Now that we’ve entered the Battle stage of Season 25, Contestants are going head-to-head against members of their own team to maintain their spots on the stage. Rubini and teammate, Jackie Romeo, duked it out onstage with a rendition of Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen.”

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"Both of these Artists are powerful and they're killing this version of the song,” said Coach John Legend. “It's going to be a great performance; I know that much.” And he couldn’t have been more correct.

"Jackie and Olivia, way to go, that was wonderful. Jackie, your voice was great; stage presence, wonderful. Olivia, you've got some pipes there,” said Reba McEntire. “Boy … they say I have to choose somebody, I don't know why. Pass."

Olivia Rubinia and Jackie Romeo performing onstage together

Chance the Rapper also called the Artists evenly matched, while leaning just slightly toward Romeo. Coach duo Dan + Shay called the performance “the most together” they’d seen in the Battles so far. But unfortunately, there are no ties in the Battles. When push came to shove, Legend picked Romeo. 

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“It’s been an honor being able to perform for you, and I couldn’t be more grateful to be here,” Rubini said. She was giving hugs and on her way out the door when Dan + Shay tossed their Steal like a life preserver and pulled Rubini back aboard the good ship The Voice.

“I’m glad that you’re now in your proper team; this is where you really belong. We would have turned the first time, but we were completely full. We were jealous of John, sort of the story of our lives,” said Coaches Dan + Shay. “Thank you for this gift, John. We’re going to make you regret that decision, Olivia is so good.”