Country Showdown On The Voice: Reba and Dan + Shay ‘Duke It Out’ Over Josh Sanders

Reba dubbed Josh Sanders the “perfect” country singer.


Lauren Jo Black

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February 27, 2024


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Dan + Shay, Josh Sanders, Reba McEntire; Photos Courtesy NBC

A country showdown ensued during The Voice blind auditions as contestant Josh Sanders found himself caught between coaches Reba McEntire and Dan + Shay, both vying to recruit him for their teams.

Sanders Covered Nate Smith’s “Whiskey On You”

Sanders, a resident of Kannapolis, North Carolina, earned a two-chair turn for his performance of Nate Smith’s breakout hit, “Whiskey On You.” Sanders made the song his own, showcasing his powerful vocals while catching the attention of McEntire and Dan + Shay. 

Josh Sanders; Photo by Casey Durkin/NBC
Josh Sanders; Photo by Casey Durkin/NBC

Chance the Rapper was the first to give the 35-year-old feedback. “I don’t know the song, just being honest, but I’m sure the originator would be proud,” he told him. 

After the audience laughed, Chance admitted, “I’m just really excited to see Reba and Dan + Shay duke it out, so I’m going to pass it on.” 

Reba and Dan + Shay Faced Off

Reba took her shot, telling the contestant, “Josh, I loved your vocal. I thought it was great. It was stout. The power, once you got into it, I really did like it. Then I saw them turning around. I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, now what am I going to have to do?’ Would really love to have you on Team Reba, you’re great!” 

Josh Sanders; Photo by Casey Durkin/NBC
Josh Sanders; Photo by Casey Durkin/NBC

Shay Mooney gave Nate Smith a shoutout while praising Sanders’ voice. 

“That’s a very hard song to sing. There’s a lot of range in that. Nate Smith…It’s our buddy. When I was hearing those high notes, I just felt like the power of your voice was fantastic and I said, ‘We can’t just give it to Reba. We’ve got to represent Nashville.” 

Sanders Is A Pastor

Josh Sanders revealed he keeps his voice sharp as a paster and by leading worship every Sunday. 

“I could tell, man. I could tell you got that confidence up there. Got swagger. It’s awesome, man,” Dan Smyers told him.  

Josh Sanders; Photo by Casey Durkin/NBC
Josh Sanders; Photo by Casey Durkin/NBC

When it was time to decide which team to join, Sanders said, “My goodness guys, I love y’all, but I can’t turn down the queen of country!”

After Josh Sanders officially joined Team Reba, she shared, “First day of season 25 is going amazingly well. There was everything in Josh’s voice that I absolutely loved. It was round, it had a little grit to it. I’m thrilled to pieces that he chose me, he’s a perfect country singer.”

Watch His Blind Audition

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Sanders Has Five Kids

According to Instagram, Sanders is a father of five. He often shares photos of his wife and children on social media. 

His followers shared their excitement over his blind audition on Instagram.  

“Congratulations🎉 such a great song choice. Blessed with a beautiful voice,” one fan shared. 

Another added, Congrats Josh!! Can’t believe you didn’t sing a Chris Stapleton song, but you killed it! Can’t wait to watch you this season!” 

The Voice; Photo Courtesy NBCUniversal
The Voice; Photo Courtesy NBCUniversal

The Voice returns to NBC with another round of blind auditions next Monday and Tuesday at 8/7c.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.