Spoilers below for the The Voice Season 20 Blind Auditions.
The Voice continued its two-night Season 20 premiere on Tuesday, with more artists taking the stage for a chance of stardom in front of coaches Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, John Legend and frequent winner Blake Shelton. After the first night provided plenty of laughs, as the coaches celebrated being back together for the show's 10th anniversary, the second night of Blind Auditions saw a four-chair turn that possibly could lead to the first Voice trophy for Team Nick.
Zae Romeo mesmerized the coaches with his rendition of "Falling" by Harry Styles. The 20-year-old from McKinney, Texas, gave a confident performance, showing his range and earning a four-chair turn. He impressed EGOT winner John Legend with his "fluttery" vibrato, and daytime talk show queen Kelly Clarkson looked like she was almost brought to tears by the emotion he conveyed. But Romeo ultimately chose to go with Nick Jonas, adding strength to the singer's already-impressive squad. Romeo's background is also likely to endear fans to him.
He told an emotional story of growing up in the foster care system with his three siblings and being adopted when he was 6-years-old. Although he was together with his siblings and with loving adopted parents, Romeo still struggled with what the family had been through. He ran away when he was 16, and when he saw a Missing Persons poster with his picture on it, he realized how much his parents loved him and called his mom.
The coaches did pick up on a couple of aspects of the performance he could have improved upon, but a big part of the enjoyment of The Voice is seeing these artists with natural talent develop under the superstars' mentorship. Check the performance out below and judge for yourself:
See, wasn't that just lovely to listen to? I'm not the only one who thinks so, either, as Zae Romeo's new coach couldn't contain his excitement.
As well as his performance, Zae Romeo struck a chord with other adoptive families, such as this mother:
That kid’s voice DESTROYED me.
So beautiful. And as a foster-adoptive mom, I was moved all the more by his story.
Hope you go all the way, Zae.
Some fans, like this one, said Zae Romeo had them grabbing for the tissues.
Y’all. Tears came out and surprised me with that one there.
Zae Romeo definitely has the talent to make a long run this season, and paired with Nick Jonas, I think this duo could just win it all. See how the teams continue to fill up when The Voice returns next Monday on NBC. The Voice will air for two nights again next week, at 8 p.m. ET Monday and 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, before resuming on Mondays only for the remainder of Season 20. Be sure to check out our Spring 2021 premiere schedule to see which shows begin this month.