It’s always refreshing to see The Voice contestants do something different to impress the coaches in their blind auditions. Sometimes that means putting their own unique spin on a popular song, showing off their rap skills, or singing in a language other than English.
Who says singing in Spanish has to be left to La Voz? The American version of the show has seen several hopefuls singing partially or completely in Spanish during their auditions, particularly in recent years. It’s a great way to show off who they are as an artist, and is sure to capture the coaches’ attention. Check out some of our favorite examples below.
1. Karen Galera
The most recent example occurred in this season’s premiere episode. Karen Galera lived in Mexico until she was four years old. She chose to sing “Mi Corazoncito” by Aventura for her blind audition, and got an immediate chair turn from Kelly Clarkson. “I love that you did the whole thing in Spanish,” Kelly said.
2. Johnny Bliss
Johnny turned all four chairs with his rendition of “Preciosa,” a patriotic song for Puerto Rico famously sung by Marc Anthony. Coach Alicia Keys won him over by singing a Spanish version of her song “If I Ain’t Got You.” As Johnny told Talent Recap, “I needed to bring that Latin flavor because that’s who I am.”
3. Jorge Eduardo
Kelly Clarkson further proved her support for Spanish-singing artists when she instantly turned for Jorge’s cover of Luis Fonsi’s smash hit “Despacito.” The singer previously made it to the final four on Mexico’s La Voz, after getting a four-chair turn during his audition.
Once again, Kelly just had to turn when Lela’s cover of Camila Cabello’s “Havana” went from English to Spanish. Jennifer Hudson joined her with a last-minute button push. “I love when y’all start singing in Spanish,” Kelly shared, adding, “It’s necessary for radio.” Lela ultimately went with JHUD.
5. Julio Cesar Castillo
In 2012, this mariachi singer became the first Voice contestant to sing entirely in Spanish, choosing the classic “La Bamba.” He ended up on Team Blake. “I know it’s not the most typical Spanish song, but it is a well-known song in the American community that, for me as a Hispanic, we kind of relate to really,” he said. “So it kind of connected both the Hispanic and American in some way.”
6. Mary Miranda
Mary chose to sing “Como La Flor” by Selena for her audition, capturing the attention of coaches Shakira, Usher, and Blake Shelton. The young singer was born in Havana, Cuba, and didn’t speak English when she moved to the United States. Listening to English-language music helped her learn. Mary ended up joining Team Shakira.
7. Monique Abbadie
Former child star Monique’s high-energy cover of Shakira’s “Loca” turned all four coaches’ chairs — including Shakira herself. Although she largely sang the English version of the song, there was some Spanish peppered in. “I feel so proud of you as a Latina,” Shakira told her, calling her “brave” for singing her song. Monique of course chose to join Shakira’s team.
Bronx native Cáthia sang “No Me Doy Por Vencido” by Luis Fonsi for her audition. She called singing in Spanish “a blessing and a curse,” because she had to “work harder and emote” to reach the non-Spanish-speaking coaches. She turned three chairs and chose to join Team Shakira.
9. Karina Iglesias
Karina put a creative spin on Melissa Etheridge’s “I’m the Only One” by singing the chorus in Spanish. For once, this didn’t convince Shakira to turn her chair, but it did inspire last-minute turns from Blake and Adam. However, Karina (who taught voice at a music high school in Florida) was stolen by Shakira later in the season.
10. Serina Rae
This is one Spanish-singing artist who sadly didn’t turn any chairs, but we still wanted to showcase her audition. Serina Rae sang a version of the classic “Stand By Me” with both English and Spanish lyrics. She actually had the coaches wondering whether there were two people singing.