‘The Voice’ Stars Jake Hoot, Ian Flanigan Return to Sing with Coaches
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Two former contestants on The Voice are returning to the show to perform with their celebrity coaches. Season 17 winner Jake Hoot will reunite with his coach Kelly Clarkson, while Season 19 finalist Ian Flanigan will team up with Blake Shelton.
Hoot and Flanigan will take the stage as the Top 9 contestants for Season 20 vie for a spot in the finale. Both the returning singers and their coaches have expressed excitement about their upcoming performances.
Ian Flanigan Reunites with ‘The Voice’ Coach Blake Shelton
Flanigan tweeted a photo of himself in the recording studio with Shelton to announce that he’ll be returning to The Voice on Monday, May 17, to perform his new single “Grow Up.” Shelton is featured on the track. Flanigan called himself “lucky” to work with the country star.
“The name of the show is The Voice because of singers like Ian,” Shelton told People. “He has such a unique voice and I always loved his song choices and you just can’t limit him to one genre. Can’t wait for y’all to see what we have in store!”
Flanigan was a one-chair turn in his blind audition, joining Team Blake. He remained on Shelton’s team for the rest of the season, making it all the way to the finale. Flanigan finished the competition in third place. He told People it’s an “honor” to return to the show.
Flanigan’s new song with Shelton was released Friday, a few days before their live performance.
Jake Hoot Returns to Sing with Coach Kelly Clarkson
Hoot will also appear on The Voice during the May 18 show. He and Clarkson will perform their duet “I Would’ve Loved You.” Hoot told People that he feels just as nervous as he did when he was a contestant on the show.
“It’s so surreal that I get to not only sing on that stage again, I also get to sing with my coach, Kelly Clarkson, and we get to perform a song that I helped write,” Hoot said.
Hoot was another one-chair turn, joining Team Kelly in Season 17. He ended up winning the entire season. It was Clarkson’s third win overall, and her first with a male artist.
“There is something so heartwarming about seeing these winners return home to The Voice family,” Clarkson told People. “I cannot wait to reunite with Jake next week.”