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10 Times ‘The Voice’ Coaches Sang With Auditioning Contestants

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

Jennifer Hudson The Voice Kennedy Holmes duet

We love it when The Voice coaches perform glitzy duets with their team members who have made it to the finals. But nothing quite compares to seeing coaches like Adam Levine, Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keys performing impromptu duets during contestants’ blind auditions.


As we’ve all witnessed, the coaches have a few tricks up their sleeves to get contestants to join their team. That usually includes flattery or a detailed pitch for why they would work well together. Sometimes, however, they can’t stop themselves from grabbing a mic and joining voices with the rising talents on stage. Let’s take a look at some of the best examples.

1. Jennifer Hudson and Kennedy Holmes

Imagine being 13 years old, auditioning for a TV talent show, and getting to sing “I Am Changing” from Dreamgirls with Jennifer Hudson herself. “I’ve dreamed to sing with you,” Kennedy told Jennifer. “I’m ready,” Jennifer immediately responded. Their performance brought Kelly Clarkson to tears. Is it any surprise that Kennedy chose JHUD as her coach?


2. Adam Levine and Riley Elmore

This teenage crooner impressed Adam with his cover of Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight.” The coach took the opportunity to give Riley a few pointers. He advised him to “loosen up” and proceeded to perform the song with him. And yes, Riley chose Adam as his coach.


3. Alicia Keys and Felicia Temple

Felicia earned the nickname “Felicia Keys” because she played the singer’s songs at talent shows. So it’s perfect that Alicia chose to duet with her on “Fallin’,” thanks to Adam’s suggestion. It was only right that Alicia and Felicia should end up working together.

4. Jennifer Hudson and Lucas Holliday

Prepare to see a few Jennifer Hudson duets on this list. When she was the only coach to turn for Lucas’ audition, she insisted they sing a duet together. Lucas launched into “God Is Able,” and Jennifer didn’t miss a beat joining him. She started off in her chair and then hopped on stage for the big finale.

5. Tom Jones and Peter Donegan

When Peter Donegan, son of musician Lonnie Donegan, auditioned for The Voice UK, coach Tom Jones couldn’t help but ask him to duet on the song Lonnie wrote for him, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.” Peter got behind the piano, and the pair gave a sweet performance. Peter joined Team Tom and is competing this season.

6. Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, and Darby Walker

“I want to sing with her,” Miley said after Darby’s audition performance. “So go sing with her right now,” Adam suggested. Miley asked if Darby knew “Jolene” by Dolly Parton, and the pair performed a duet in their quirky floral outfits. Not to be outdone, Alicia soon launched into her own song “No One,” and she and Darby sang it together. Two duets in one audition! Ultimately, Darby could only choose one coach, and she went with Miley.

7. Jennifer Hudson and Audri Bartholomew

As soon as she heard the opening notes of “Never Enough,” Jennifer couldn’t contain her excitement. She ended up being the only coach to turn for Audri, and told her, “I want to sing that song.” And that’s exactly what they did. Kelly Clarkson spoke for all of us when she declared, “I’m so excited!”

8. Tom Jones and Bethzienna Williams

Tom Jones can’t stop singing with contestants on this season of The Voice UK.  He didn’t even turn his chair for Bethzienna Williams, but he still joined her for a cute performance of “Cry to Me.” Bethzienna’s coach Jennifer Hudson loved it so much, she recorded it on her phone.

9. Jennifer Hudson and Nicole Dennis

JHUD doesn’t limit her duets to the American version of The Voice. This season on The Voice UK, she joined Nicole Dennis for a performance of “And I’m Telling You” from Dreamgirls. We dare you not to get goosebumps when you listen to it. Obviously, Nicole chose Jennifer as her coach.

10. Christina Aguilera and … everyone

This former Voice coach gives Jennifer Hudson a run for her money when it comes to singing duets. Instead of listing them all, let’s just watch this handy YouTube compilation. She sang “I’m Goin’ Down” with Sera Hill, “Bailamos” with Michael Lynch, and her own song “Impossible” with Caitlin Caporale — just to name a few.

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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