The stage was set ablaze on "The Voice" Season 24 premiere, where John Legend proved he's not one to be left behind. In a fierce face-off with fellow coach Niall Horan over the immensely talented Mara Justine, a captivating moment ensued.
While Horan, in a playful bid to win over Justine, lowered a jumbo red foam finger inscribed with “pick Niall”, Legend took a different approach. He charmed the audience and Justine by inviting her for an enchanting duet performance of his hit, “All of Me”.
With bated breath, everyone waited for Justine’s choice. The previous day had ended with coach Reba McEntire throwing the big question at Justine. Niall, in a touch of humor on Tuesday's episode, remarked, “I always saw John as a gentleman.
How mistaken I was”. He added, alluding to Legend’s strategy, “He’s taken the gloves off this time”. Yet, the gamble paid off - Justine chose Team Legend. Triumphantly, Legend commented on her powerful voice, cheekily adding, “Sorry about that, Niall”.
Ruby Leigh's Yodeling Marvel
But this wasn't the only highlight. Ruby Leigh, a 16-year-old country prodigy, wowed everyone with “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” by Patsy Montana. John Legend, genuinely impressed, said, “Your yodeling was surreal.
You have the potential to win 'The Voice'”. Reba McEntire, visibly moved by the homage to Montana, showcased her yodeling skills onstage, subsequently leading to Leigh choosing Team Reba. Adding to the excitement, Howie Mandel of "America’s Got Talent" made a surprise entry, expressing his admiration for McEntire.
His sudden appearance prompted an amusing exchange that ended with Mandel getting McEntire’s autograph on his “I love Reba” tee. Another unforgettable moment came when Ephraim Owens from Indianapolis delivered a heart-rending rendition of Labrinth’s “Beneath Your Beautiful”.
Legend, unable to resist Owens' charm and inspired by his revelation of being a fan, joined him and his daughter, Evelyn Ann, in a song. This genuine gesture ensured Owens' place on Team Legend. Summing up his victorious evening, Legend joyfully proclaimed, “I remain the four-chair sovereign!”