The Voice (U.S. season 16)

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The Voice
Season 16
Broadcast fromFebruary 25, 2019 –
CoachesAdam Levine
John Legend
Kelly Clarkson
Blake Shelton
Bebe Rexha (Comeback Stage)
Host(s)Carson Daly

The sixteenth season of the American reality television show The Voice premiered on February 25, 2019, on NBC. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson returned as coaches. John Legend joined as a coach, replacing Jennifer Hudson.[1][2] The series again features a fifth coach, this time, Bebe Rexha, who selects contestants to participate in The Comeback Stage.

Coaches and hosts[edit]

On September 13, 2018, John Legend was confirmed to be a new coach, alongside Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson, making it the first season since season 10 to have three male coaches. Carson Daly will return for his sixteenth season as host.

The Block, added in season 14, will return for the third season.

The Knockouts were replaced by a new round called Live Cross Battles.

Also new this season, trios were allowed to try out for the first time. This benefited the Bundy's.

This season's advisors for the Battle Rounds are Charlie Puth (who previously appeared in the eleventh season in the series as an advisor for Team Alicia) for Team Adam, Kelsea Ballerini (who was the coach for last season's "The Comeback Stage") for Team Kelly, Khalid for Team John, and Brooks & Dunn for Team Blake.[3][4][5]

On February 25, 2019 it was confirmed that Bebe Rexha will be the fifth coach for this season's Comeback Stage replacing Kelsea Ballerini.[6]


Coaches Top 54 artists
Adam Levine
LB Crew Ciera Dumas Domenic Haynes Mari Patrick McAloon
Karly Moreno Jimmy Mowery Anthony Ortiz Trey Rose Celia Babini
Kalvin Jarvis Andrew Jannakos
John Legend
Betsy Ade Denton Arnell Oliv Blu Savannah Brister Talon Cardon
Maelyn Jarmon Matthew Johnson Julian King Jacob Maxwell Lisa Ramey
Shawn Sounds Kayslin Victoria
Kelly Clarkson
Mikaela Astel The Bundys Alena D'Amico Karen Galera Beth Griffith-Manley
Rebecca Howell Abby Kasch Rizzi Myers Jej Vinson David Owens
Presley Tennant Jackson Marlow
Blake Shelton
Kendra Checketts Kim Cherry Dalton Dover LiLi Joy Hannah Kay
Carter Lloyd Horne Gyth Rigdon Dexter Roberts Selkii Andrew Sevener
Cecily Hannigan Rod Stokes
Bebe Rexha
(Comeback Stage)
Nathan & Chesi Kayla Seeber Kanard Thomas
Crystal Rose J.T. Rodriguez Klea Olson
Note: Italicized names are stolen artists (names struck through within former teams). The Bold name is the artist who won The Comeback Stage and joined another team of their choosing (name struck through within former team).

Blind auditions[edit]

Color key
   Coach pressed "I WANT YOU" button
     Artist defaulted to a coach's team
     Artist elected a coach's team
     Artist was eliminated and was not invited back for "The Comeback Stage"
     Artist was eliminated, but got a second chance to compete in "The Comeback Stage"
  Coach pressed the "I WANT YOU" button, but was blocked by Adam from getting the artist
  Coach pressed the "I WANT YOU" button, but was blocked by John from getting the artist
  Coach pressed the "I WANT YOU" button, but was blocked by Kelly from getting the artist
  Coach pressed the "I WANT YOU" button, but was blocked by Blake from getting the artist

Episode 1 (Feb. 25)[edit]

Order Artist Age Hometown Song Coach's and artist's choices
Adam John Kelly Blake
1 Gyth Rigdon 24 Singer, Louisiana "Drift Away"   
2 Maelyn Jarmon 26 Frisco, Texas "Fields of Gold"         
3 Karen Galera 19 Dallas, Texas "Mi Corazoncito"   
4 Trey Rose 27 Hugo, Oklahoma "Wake Me Up"   
5 Kim Cherry 30 Niceville, Florida "No Scrubs"   
6 AJ Ryan 30 Brooklyn, New York "Love Runs Out"
7 Rizzi Myers 29 Nashville, Tennessee "Breathin"   
8 Lisa Ramey 33 New York, New York "Sex on Fire"
9 Jimmy Mowery 31 Altoona, Pennsylvania "Attention"   
10 LiLi Joy 15 Chino Hills, California "Cool"
11 Nathan & Chesi 27-28 Paintsville, Kentucky "Waymore's Blues"
12 Matthew Johnson 26 Jacksonville, Florida "I Smile"         

Episode 2 (Feb. 26)[edit]

This is the first time that a trio have auditioned on the american version of The Voice.

Order Artist Age Hometown Song Coach's and artist's choices
Adam John Kelly Blake
1 Domenic Haynes 18 Tampa, Florida "River"   
2 Savannah Brister 17 Memphis, Tennessee "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing"   
3 The Bundys
(Katie, Ryan, and Megan)
25-31 Cincinnati, Ohio "Closer to Fine"   
4 Klea Olson 20 Layton, Utah "No Roots"
5 Hannah Kay 18 Magnolia, Texas "Coal Miner's Daughter"   
6 Julian King 25 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania "All Time Low"

Episode 3 (March 4)[edit]

This episode is dedicated in memory of Season 13 contestant Janice Freeman who died[7] two days before this episode aired.

This is the first time two family members have auditioned separately in the same season.

Order Artist Age Hometown Song Coach's and artist's choices
Adam John Kelly Blake
1 Jacob Maxwell 20 Coeur d'Alene, Idaho "Delicate"   
2 Karly Moreno 23 Mission Viejo, California "Starving"
3 Luna Searles 37 Atlanta, Georgia "Nutbush City Limits"
4 Carter Lloyd Horne 19 Marietta, Georgia "Drinkin' Problem"   
5 Talon Cardon 18 Pleasant Grove, Utah "Say You Won't Let Go"
6 Patrick McAloon 40 Barrington, Rhode Island "Runaway Train"      
7 Ruby McAloon 16 Barrington, Rhode Island "Back to You"
8 Alena D’Amico 27 Shelby Charter Township, Michigan "In My Blood"   
9 Kanard Thomas 28 Jacksonville, Florida "Riding With the King"
10 Dexter Roberts 27 Fayette, Alabama "Like a Cowboy"         
11 Jej Vinson 22 Davao City, Philippines "Passionfruit"         

Episode 4 (March 5)[edit]

Order Artist Age Hometown Song Coach's and artist's choices
Adam John Kelly Blake
1 Betsy Ade 40 Kenosha, Wisconsin "Hunger"   
2 Dalton Dover 20 Aragon, Georgia "Don't Close Your Eyes"
3 Rebecca Howell 18 Cochran, Georgia "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia"      
4 Kendra Checketts 19 San Diego, California "Sober"
5 J.T. Rodriguez 28 Chattanooga, Tennessee "Higher Love"
6 LB Crew 29 Little Rock, Arkansas "Waves"         

Episode 5 (March 11)[edit]

Order Artist Age Hometown Song Coach's and artist's choices
Adam John Kelly Blake
1 Beth Griffith-Manley 46 Detroit, Michigan "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)"   
2 Selkii 31 Durban, South Africa "I Try"   
3 Jae Jin 33 Baltimore, Maryland "Hallelujah I Love Her So"
4 Denton Arnell 32 Chicago, Illinois "Hold On, We're Going Home"
5 Ciera Dumas 21 Kernersville, North Carolina "Tell Me You Love Me"   
6 Andrew Sevener 22 Alvarado, Texas "Honky Tonk Women"
7 Mari 20 Clermont, Florida "Boo'd Up"      
8 Crystal Rose 26 Kansas City, Missouri "Wicked Game"
9 Abby Kasch 20 Palos Park, Illinois "Here for the Party"   
10 Mikaela Astel 14 Queens, New York "Electric Love"   
11 Anthony Ortiz 20 Tampa, Florida "What Makes You Beautiful"
12 Oliv Blu 20 Flossmoor, Illinois "On & On"
13 Kayla Seeber 18 Poplar Grove, Illinois "...Baby One More Time"
14 Shawn Sounds 33 Houston, Texas "All My Life"         

Episode 6 (March 18)[edit]

Order Artist Age Hometown Song Coach's and artist's choices
Adam John Kelly Blake
1 Celia Babini 17 New York, New York "Idontwannabeyouanymore"         
2 Cecily Hannigan 16 Conway, South Carolina "Foolish Games"
3 Kalvin Jarvis 29 Tucson, Arizona "A Good Night"   
4 Ava August 13 Laguna Niguel, California "The House of the Rising Sun"
5 David Owens 24 Indianapolis, Indiana "I Can't Make You Love Me"
6 Presley Tennant 16 Norco, California "Stone Cold"
7 Rod Stokes 34 Grand Bay, Alabama "To Love Somebody"      
8 Calista Garcia 17 Arlington, Virginia "Wishing Well" Team full
9 Andrew Jannakos 25 Atlanta, Georgia "Beautiful Crazy"   
10 Kayslin Victoria 16 Clermont, Florida "Feel It Still" Team full   
11 Maddi Fraser 24 La Canada Flintridge, California "Get It While You Can" Team full
12 Madelyn Grant [[]] "Use Me"
13 Jackson Marlow 18 Rogersville, Alabama "Troubadour"

The Battles[edit]

The Comeback Stage[edit]

This season's fifth coach, Bebe Rexha, will mentor selected artists who did not make a team during the Blind Auditions as well as eliminated artists from later rounds of the competition, thus creating new rounds to The Comeback Stage, now presented by Lay's. During the first round of competition, the six selected artists go head to head, two artists per episode, and Rexha will select a winner to move on to the next round. In the second round, Bebe Rexha will bring back three artists who were eliminated during the Battle Rounds, giving them a chance to re-enter in the competition. These artists will face off against the three artists from the first round. The three winners will perform in the Semifinals and one artist will be eliminated. In the Finals, Rexha will pick one artist to move forward and compete against another eliminated artist from the Live Cross Battles. The two remaining artists perform in the Live Playoffs for America's votes in the Twitter Instant Save, with the winner officially joining one of the four main teams of their choosing as a part of the Top 13.

The Battles[edit]

First Round[edit]

       Artist won the Battle and advanced to the Knockouts
       Artist lost the Battle and was eliminated
Episode (Digital) Coach Song Artists Song
Winner Loser
Episode 1
(Tuesday, February 26, 2019)
Bebe Rexha "Tulsa Time" Nathan & Chesi Klea Olson "Brand New Key"
Episode 2
(Tuesday, March 5, 2019)
"Let's Get It On" Kanard Thomas J.T. Rodriguez "Stormy Monday"
Episode 3
(Monday, March 11, 2019)
"What You Know" Kayla Seeber Crystal Rose "At Last"

Second Round[edit]

Artists who appeared on other shows or previous seasons[edit]

  • Lisa Ramey auditioned for Season 15 of The Voice, but did not get a chair turn.
  • Luna Searles auditioned for Season 2, but did not get a chair turn. She failed again this year. She is the third contestant, after Sonia Rao and Odiseas Georgiadis, to be rejected twice and the second one to be rejected twice in different seasons.
  • Dexter Roberts was on season 13 of American Idol and was eliminated during Top 7 week.
  • LB Crew was on season 13 of American Idol under the name LeBryant Crew.
  • Selkii was on season 6 of Idols South Africa as Jess Yallup.
  • J.T. Rodriguez, as Joshua Tryon, was a Hollywood Week contestant on seasons 8 and 10 of American Idol.


U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

Episode Original air date Production Time slot (ET) Viewers
(in millions)
Adults (18–49) Source
Rating Share
1 "The Blind Auditions Premiere, Part 1" February 25, 2019 (2019-02-25) 1601 Monday 8:00 p.m. 10.77 2.1 9 [8]
2 "The Blind Auditions Premiere, Part 2" February 26, 2019 (2019-02-26) 1602 Tuesday 8:00 p.m. 10.60 2.0 10 [9]
3 "The Blind Auditions, Part 3" March 4, 2019 (2019-03-04) 1603 Monday 8:00 p.m. 10.97 2.1 9 [10]
4 "The Blind Auditions, Part 4" March 5, 2019 (2019-03-05) 1604 Tuesday 8:00 p.m. 10.22 1.9 9 [11]
5 "The Blind Auditions, Part 5" March 11, 2019 (2019-03-11) 1605 Monday 8:00 p.m. 10.54 2.0 8 [12]
6 "The Blind Auditions, Part 6" March 18, 2019 (2019-03-18) 1606
7 "The Best of the Blind Auditions" March 20, 2019 (2019-03-20) 1607 Wednesday 8:00 p.m.
8 "The Battles Premiere, Part 1" March 25, 2019 (2019-03-25) 1608 Monday 8:00 p.m.
9 "The Battles, Part 2" April 1, 2019 (2019-04-01) 1609


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