Kelsea Ballerini Gives Second Chance to Ayanna Joni and Ele Ivory on “The Voice” Comeback Stage


When Ele Ivory and Ayanna Joni didn’t get a coaches chair to turn around during the blind auditions on “The Voice,” they thought their time on the show had ended. But thanks to The Comeback Stage and fifth coach Kelsea Ballerini, Ele and Ayanna are getting a second chance.

The comeback stage is a new addition to the show. In a digital series, Kelsea will bring back 6 artists who didn’t make it through their blind auditions, and coach them on their performance. Two of the six will get the chance to compete for America’s vote and the winner will get the final spot in “The Voice” live shows.

The first to get the nod from Kelsea was Ayanna Joni. Kelsea chose Ayanna for her unique tone and chose Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” to coach her through.

“[Your tone] is so unique and it’s so smooth and rich. I’m really excited to hear you just play with that more and show that off more because that’s your acrobatic thing,” Kelsea tells Ayanna.

Kelsea’s second choice for the Comeback Stage was Ele Ivory, who also failed to get chairs to turn during her performance. The two bonded over their similarities of living in Nashville and moving to Music City with their mom’s when they were just 15 years old.

“The reason I wanted to bring you back was at the very end of your performance, you flopped up from belting to your head voice and it was angelic. I feel like that moment I was just like, ‘I’m so captivated by that flip.,'” Kelsea told Ele. “I see something so special in you and I know America will too.”

Kelsea went on to coach Ele to perform Selena Gomez’s “Back To You.”

Both Ele and Ayanna will next be paired with another artist to battle it out to be one of the final two competing for America’s vote. But we’ll have to stay tuned to see who Kelsea pits both ladies against in the next round.

“The Voice” can be seen on Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC.

Lisa Konicki
A New Yorker that made her way to the South, Lisa got her love of country music from her dad, who always played the classics. However, her love of fried pickles, a southern staple, came from Blake Shelton, who made her try her very first one. With 20 years experience in the music biz—previously at the helm of Country Weekly Magazine —Lisa loves to de-stress by going to the movies, playing and watching sports or just being outdoors.

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