Tae Lewis’ Electrifying Performance Of A Keith Urban Hit Lands Him on Team Reba on The Voice

Lewis performed a rendition of Urban’s “Somebody Like You” and had two judges fighting over him.

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Lauren Jo Black

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February 27, 2024

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Tae Lewis, Reba McEntire; Photos Courtesy NBC

Tae Lewis brought a burst of energy to The Voice stage during his blind audition, captivating the audience and the coaches alike with his rendition of Keith Urban‘s early 2000s hit, “Somebody Like You.”

Tae Lewis Lives In Nashville

Exuding confidence, the 31-year-old, who resides in Nashville, Tennessee, had the in-studio audience clapping along to the beat as he showcased his vocal range throughout the song. 

Earned A Two-Chair Turn

This performance earned Lewis a two-chair turn, with John Legend hitting his button first and Reba McEntire following close behind. 

Tae Lewis; Photo by: Casey Durkin/NBC
Tae Lewis; Photo by: Casey Durkin/NBC

“I loved your performance,” Legend told him. “Is this what your goal is, to make country music?”

A Country Artist Through and Through

With a smile on his face, Lewis responded, “Yes sir. I am a country artist. I’ve been doing this for about seven years now.” 

While first-time coaches Dan + Shay did not turn their double chair for the contestant, Dan Smyers took a moment to praise Lewis’ performance. 

Tae Lewis; Photo by: Casey Durkin/NBC
Tae Lewis; Photo by: Casey Durkin/NBC

“I love your voice, man,” Smyers complimented. “Those runs towards the end of the song? Incredible! That’s a great song choice for you. Are you a big Keith Urban fan?” 

Lewis revealed that he’s actually a “huge fan” of Dan + Shay. Luckily, he had no hard feelings over the fact that the duo didn’t try to recruit him for their team. 

“It’s okay, it’s okay,” he told them. 

Shay Mooney felt the need to explain, “Reba had turned around and I got really scared, to be honest with you…You’re a phenomenal talent. You’re clearly a seasoned veteran. I loved your voice, man, and this is a pretty clear winner on who you should choose, in my opinion. You got the Queen of Country music over there. I didn’t want to stand in the way.”

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While Dan + Shay encouraged Tae Lewis to find a place among Team Reba, Chance the Rapper had a different idea. 

“It could be really cool to see what direction John takes your arrangements in. He could kind of pull out a lot of soul and I think you guys collaborating could just make for some fire performances on the show,” he pointed out. 

Legend urged him to “ignore these country coaches” and attempted to convince him to join his team. 

“Your voice is so electric. You just look like you belong on the stage singing the music that you’re singing. I took a country artist to the lives with me because she didn’t have to compete with the three, four, five, whatever country artists that are going to be on Reba’s team. The lane is clear for you, my friend,” he told him. 

Reba McEntire; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC
Reba McEntire; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Team Reba

Reba finally had her chance to speak. She told him, “I’ve been in the business a very long time. Yes, and I could help you, whether it’s vocal or it’s your staging. I would love to have you on my team. We’d have a blast!”

As the audience chanted, “Reba, Reba, Reba,” Tae Lewis made his decision and ultimately joined the country music icon’s team. 

She awarded him with Reba’s Chicken Tenders to celebrate. 

Tae Lewis is the first artist to join Team Reba for Season 25. 

He Promised To Make “Momma Reba” Proud

“TEAM REBA BABY❗️❗️❗️ I’m so glad Momma @reba turned for me. I’m gonna make her so proud,” he shared on social media.

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

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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.