From The Voice to American Idol: Mia and Jacy Matthews Of Worth The Wait Reveal Big News

Mia and Jacy surprised fans by revealing that they auditioned for the upcoming season of ‘American Idol.’


Lauren Jo Black

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December 18, 2023


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Mia Matthews, Jacy Matthews; Photo Courtesy Worth the Wait

Fans of The Voice may recognize a few faces on the upcoming season of American Idol as Mia Matthews and Jacy Matthews of the trio Worth The Wait revealed that they auditioned for the show. 

The sisters shared the news on social media in separate Instagram posts. It appears that they auditioned for the show as solo artists, not as a duo or as part of Worth The Wait. 

Jacy Matthews

Jacy shared, “Hoping santa brings me a golden ticket this christmas!🎅🎅🎅 SURPRISE!! I AUDITIONED for this superrrr cool show. the new season of @americanidol premieres FEB 18TH and this face might just end up on ur tv screen! 💙” Her post included a few photos from the day she auditioned. 

Mia Matthews

Mia also shared the news on Instagram with a few photos and the caption, “SURPRISE!!! I AUDITIONED FOR SEASON 22 of @americanidol ◡̈ tune in for the season premiere on February 18 and see if I got a golden ticket!!!🤭💘⭐️❤️‍🔥😇”

Worth The Wait confirmed that the trio is “still together and going strong” amid the news. 

“We do hope you guys will all watch and support our girls!! Season kicks off Feb 18th,” the trio’s Facebook page confirmed. 

Worth The Wait Appeared On Season 19 Of The Voice

Mia and Jacy originally appeared on The Voice Season 19 alongside their mother, Tara Matthews. Together, they showcased their family harmonies as part of the country trio Worth The Wait. Their blind audition performance of Linda Ronstadt’s “When Will I Be Loved” earned an impressive four-chair turn. Ultimately, they chose to join Team Blake Shelton

During their audition, Tara, who also goes by Mama T, said, “The girls have been singing pretty much their entire lives.” 

Worth the Wait; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC
Worth the Wait; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Worth The Wait Was On Team Blake

Throughout their time on The Voice, Worth The Wait performed covers of country hits such as “Love Is Alive” by The Judds, “Delta Dawn” by Tanya Tucker, and “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” by Martina McBride. 

Their time on the show was cut short just before the Top 9 was revealed. They bid an emotional farewell to Shelton, who they lovingly called “Uncle Blake,” telling him, “We are filled with gratitude for just this whole experience. We didn’t know how far we would go. It was a blessing to our family.”  

The group left The Voice in December of 2020 and since then, they have continued to perform together. Shelton has showcased his unwavering support for the trio as they have performed at his Ole Red locations around the country on various occasions. 

Worth The Wait; Photo Courtesy of NBC
Worth The Wait; Photo Courtesy of NBC

Last year, Worth The Wait got the surprise of a lifetime from Shelton while performing at Ole Red Gatlinburg. 

At the time, the “No Body” singer called into the establishment via his official red phone.

“What’s up? I know it’s your old coach calling in to say ‘hi, how you guys doing?’ Well, I just wanted to bump my head in and say hi to you guys. Haven’t seen you since… I don’t even know when,” Shelton said over video chat. “I think I saw you one time since you were on the show and it just makes me happy to know that you’re still out there hammering away.”

Grand Ole Opry Debut

Then Shelton delivered the news. “I just wanted to call in and say hi to you three and tell you that I missed you and I’m really proud of you and oh yeah, I almost forgot I’d like to invite you to play at the Grand Ole Opry next year.”

The trio was left speechless. They later shared that their “hearts are exploding” over the excitement. 

Wroth The Wait officially made their Grand Ole Opry debut on January 7, 2023. They have returned to play at the iconic venue on several occasions since then. 

Fans can tune in to see if Mia Matthews and Jacy Matthews make the cut on American Idol when the show returns to ABC on Sunday, February 18, 2024

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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.