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‘The Voice’ Winner Carter Rubin Reflects on First Television Performance of “Horoscope”

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In a behind the scenes video, The Voice fans can see Season 19 winner Carter Rubin sit down with coach Gwen Stefani to reflect on all that has happened in the past year. During the episode, Carter performed his original song “Horoscope.”

“It’s so weird having an audience,” he said before taking the stage. During Season 19, Covid-19 restrictions required that the show be filmed without an audience, and as much social distancing as possible. Having an audience watch him on the stage where he won seemed to bring pure joy.

Stefani sat with her first winning contestant, and they both discussed what it felt like being back. Carter is also the youngest male contestant to ever win the show.

“What the kids do, what everyone does on this show is something I could never do, so I’m so proud of him,” Stefani said in the clip.

These behind the scenes moments made Carter’s performance feel like the ultimate homecoming.


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During their reunion, Stefani said she felt great playing a part in making Carter’s dreams come true. Stefani beamed with pride as he promoted his latest single. Carter is pushing full steam ahead with his music career. “Horoscope” was chosen as his first single because of the song’s “maturity.”

Carter mentioned that starting from The Voice and moving into pursuing a young adult career is kind of like a “breakup.” The comparison made Stefani laugh, as if she is watching her child grow up right before her eyes.

The cuteness overload continued when Stefani discussed how she felt when she heard Carter’s song for the first time. She admitted that she did not know what he would sound like because he is evolving as a human being.

Since winning the show, Carter continued to take vocal lessons virtually with Trelawny Rose; The Voice’s head vocal coach. The behind the scenes video shows the two reuniting with a warm embrace. We also learn that Stefani has shown interest in Carter’s career well after their Season 19 win. Carter says that it was his former coach who encouraged him to take on songwriting. He says that she also told him to learn different instruments to help the songwriting process.

Stefani also invited Carter on stage at her final Las Vegas residency show to perform “Nobody But You,” her song with husband, Blake Shelton. Carter’s performance shows an artist on a mission to prove that he isn’t just a young talent show winner.

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