From Season 23 Rejection To Team Reba: Al Boogie Impresses With Joe Diffie Cover On ‘The Voice’

Reba says he’s country with a “capital c.”


Lauren Jo Black

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October 10, 2023


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Al Boogie, Reba; Photos by NBC, The Voice

37-year-old Al Boogie got a second shot at The Voice stardom when he returned to the show for a second blind audition after failing to get a chair turn during Season 23 earlier this year. This time around, the country singer caught the attention of Reba McEntire with a cover of Joe Diffie’s “Pick Up Man.” 

His redemption audition paid off. Boogie lucked out when Reba turned her chair. 

“Big part of my upbringing was listening to you on the radio,” he told the country music icon. 

Total Redemption

Al Boogie; Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC
Al Boogie; Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC

Now a proud member of Team Reba, Al Boogie says he grew up with a strong country influence. 

“With a capital C – Country,” Reba applauded before later adding, “I’m a big fan already. We’re going to have a blast.” 

Season 24 Audition

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The Louisiana native first auditioned for The Voice with “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” by Travis Tritt during Season 23. Despite his energetic performance, none of the Season 23 coaches – including Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Niall Horan, and Chance The Rapper – decided to turn their chairs for him.

Following his Season 24 blind audition, Niall Horan pointed out, “You were here last year, huh?”

The country music hopeful revealed that yes, he was in fact on the show last season, but that he might look a bit different this time around. 

“Well, a little bit more of me was here last year. I’ve actually lost about 50 pounds since I was here,” he proudly shared from the stage. 

Re-Live His Season 23 Audition

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The coaches applauded Al Boogie’s hard work as they declared, “That’s so cool.” 

Horan went on to give the contestant a bit of constructive criticism. “What I would love is just to add some of your grit, to make it feel more passionate, sound like you own those lyrics” he told him. 

Gwen Stefani explained her reason for not turning her chair. “It’s a genre that I’ve been learning obviously for the last eight years since I’ve been with Blake, but I feel like your voice when you speak, has so much character and in the song it did as well, but I was maybe looking for a little bit more character at the right times,” she said. “So then when Reba pressed, I was like, ‘oh my gosh, Gwen, you don’t even know what you’re talking about.’ And then it was over and here we are.”

John Legend Hopes To Hear More Range From His Future Performances

While Stefani expressed regret in not turning her chair, John Legend opened up about wanting to hear “more range” in his future song choices.

Al Boogie; Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC
Al Boogie; Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC

Reba was thrilled to add Al Boogie to her team. As the coaches wrapped up their feedback, she joined the newly minted Team Reba member for some tater tots on stage. 

“I love Al’s voice because I love nineties country music – the best – and he represented as well. He’s got a great voice,” she said. 

Monday evening marked the fifth round of blind auditions. The Voice Season 24,  featuring the new star-studded panel of coaches, which includes Niall Horan, John Legend, Reba McEntire and Gwen Stefani, continues on Tuesday at 9/8c.

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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.