When a participant is on Voice being compared to not one, not two, but three of the best artists of our time during their performances, this is a very good sign. That’s what happened to 19-year-old Jenna Marquis during her blind audition, when coaches Reba McEntire, John Legend, Gwen Stefani and Niall Horan competed for Marquis to join their team.
Marquis, from Simi Valley, California, performed “Teenage Dirtbag” by the rock band Wheatus, a song that Marquis correctly determined would be unique if sung by a woman rather than a man. Indeed, Marquis’ cover provides an exciting and tonally different version of the track, resulting in Three-Chair Turn. (Only Reba McEntire refrained from pressing the button.)
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Jenna Marquis sings Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag” for Voice Season 24 Blind Auditions
Marquis explained that she first heard “Teenage Dirtbag” at a One Direction concert, and Horan confirmed that the band had covered the song before and stated that that was why Marquis should choose it.
“It was so explosive. “You remind me of Olivia,” Horan said, comparing her to Guts singer Olivia Rodrigo.
However, Legend compared Marquis to two other major pop stars.
“At the beginning of this song you gave us a bit of Billie Eilish with the slow vibrato, but when you started to get to the breathy end of your slow vibrato, you started to remind me of Rihanna,” Legend said. . “So much pop music is open to you.”
However, Marquis ultimately settled on Stephanie, who said her dream was to work with “a young girl who already has that personality.”
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“I thought I had gotten rid of Blake, but there’s definitely a big part of him behind him,” Horan said after his loss. “He left Gwen Stefani behind and I have to fight her too.”
How far will Marquis go? Find out by watching Voice Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC and the next day on Peacock.