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Jimmie Allen Reveals He Was Rejected by ‘The Voice’ Twice

Jimmie Allen at the 57th Academy of Country Music AwardsPhoto by Mike Coppola/Getty Images

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Jimmie Allen appeared on a recent episode of The Voice Season 22 as a Battle Advisor on Blake Shelton’s team. The country singer revealed that he had tried out for the show in the past and been rejected not once but twice.

Jimmie Allen Was Rejected by The Voice Twice

Before a Battle rehearsal, Shelton asked Allen if he’s ever tried out for a show like The Voice. Allen responded, “Yeah, I’ve tried out for The Voice twice.” When Shelton asked what the show told him, Allen replied, “Uh-uh.”

Allen went on to share, “My bass player Tate did it and made it farther than I did.”

The singer had much better luck auditioning for American Idol. He tried out for Season 10 of the show and made it through after auditioning for the judges. Allen ended up making it into the Top 41, and he’s returned several times as a guest.

Allen was a duet partner for contestants Alanis Sophia and Cecil Ray in Season 19, and he was a mentor to contestants during Season 20. Now he’s taking his talents and expertise to The Voice to help the artists on Shelton’s team deliver their best performances.



Other Artists Were Also Rejected by the Show

Allen isn’t the only country star who was rejected by The Voice over the years. Luke Combs tried out for the show years ago but didn’t make it to the Blind Auditions. Shelton himself recently commented on this story, calling it “embarrassing.”

Maren Morris has also been open about being rejected by The Voice, American Idol, and America’s Got Talent. Earlier this year, she showed her audition ticket for Idol on Instagram, writing that she “didn’t make it past the first round cattle call.”

Morris called it “poetic justice” that contestants now sing her songs on these shows, saying, “Not only is it really nice to have my song on a national television show, I get to collect the check and have some sweet revenge.”

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