After 13-year-old Kennedy Holmes's jaw-dropping performance, fans and judges thought they might have already found the next winner of The Voice. But now, we have another serious contender for season 15: Sarah Grace, the 15-year-old who rocked her rendition of Janis Joplin's "Ball and Chain," during the blind auditions.
Sarah's soulful sound turns the chairs of three judges-Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Blake Shelton-but particularly impresses Kelly, who presses her button first. The "I Don't Think About You" singer says Sarah's bold stage presence, which Kelly lovingly describes as "stank face," was the best part of her performance.
Jennifer agrees, and seizes the opportunity to try and convince Sarah to join her team instead. "See, here at J Hud productions, we call that sass," Jennifer says. "I felt it with my chair back, you know? Like, I was like, 'Somebody got some presence up in here.' I would call you sassy."
After a little more cheeky back-and-forth, Kelly does note a pretty convincing reason why Sarah should choose her as a coach. "I really do want to say, I did actually win The Voice last year with a 15-year-old. I'm just saying, I can do it," she says, referring to Season 14 winner, Brynn Cartelli.
Sarah tells the judges she wants to make a "blues, rock, roots album, pulling inspiration from Etta James [and] Janis Joplin," which prompts Kelly to assure she's a "big fan," of the teen.
"I was surprised you were so little with such a big, like, old soul voice," she says.
Jennifer and Blake again try and make their case to Sarah, with Blake saying that her voice is full of "grit and passion."
As the crowd erupts in cheers to try and sway Sarah's decision, the Houston, Texas, native admits that it is "such a hard decision. I thought I had it figured out, and now I'm like, maybe... no, I don't think I do," she says.
The clip dramatically cuts off right before Sarah announces her pick. To find out which team Sarah-and the other talented singers-join, watch The Voice Season 15 premiere on Monday, September 24 at 8 p.m. EST.
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