Team Reba’s Ruby Leigh: See Her Unforgettable Path To The Voice Finale
Ruby is vying for victory in the highly anticipated Season 24 finale, representing Team Reba.
Ruby Leigh; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC
Ruby Leigh left her mark on The Voice viewers right from the start with her blind audition. Her captivating performances have consistently stood out throughout the Battles, Knockouts, and Playoffs, securing her position as one of the final five contestants in the eagerly awaited Season 24 finale.
Before the Missouri native hits the stage for her final performances of the season and the winner of The Voice Season 24 is revealed, we’re taking a look back on her journey on the show.
Ruby Leigh’s Blind Audition
Ruby took the stage to perform Patsy Montana’s “I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart” for her blind audition and immediately caught the attention of Reba McEntire with her unique yodel.
Full of confidence, the 16-year-old wound up earning an impressive four-chair turn, and had all of the coaches clamoring for her attention.
“I truly never heard anything like what you just did. Thank you. I loved how clear and precise and piercing and beautiful your tone was and then when you started doing the yodeling, it was like, how is a human being able to do the things that you’re doing? You can win The Voice,” John Legend told her. “Honestly, I would love to coach you.”
While the other coaches attempted to convince Ruby to join their teams, it was McEntire who had the deepest connection with the rising star.
“Ruby, as young as you are, being a fan of Patsy Montana, I’m a third-generation rodeo brat. So Patsy Montana, a country western singer, not just country. There is a difference. I’m very flattered, very proud of my heritage that you’re singing this song. Matter of fact, my mama could yodel and she taught me how to yodel,” Reba shared before yodeling from her big red chair.
Ultimately, Ruby chose to join Team Reba.
She showcased her longtime love for country music during the Battles when she beat out fellow contestant Al Boogie while performing Dolly Parton’s iconic hit, “Jolene.”
For the Knockouts, she had the edge over Team Reba contestants Rachele Nguyen and Ms. Monet when she sang a standout rendition of “Blue.”
The young contestant performed a cover for Linda Ronstat’s “Long, Long Time” for the Playoffs, and then, for her performance during the Top 12, she earned the public vote with “You Lie” by Cee Cee Chapman and later recorded by Reba McEntire.
“Take Me Home, Country Roads”
The public vote once again went to Ruby during the Semifinals when she performed “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver.
The Voice will crown its Season 24 winner on Tuesday, December 19 following back-to-back finale episodes. The first show will air on Monday, December 18 at 8 pm ET, and the second episode will air on Tuesday, December 19 at 9 pm ET. The finale will premiere on NBC and will be available to stream on Peacok the following day beginning at 6 am ET. Additionally, fans can also watch The Voice by logging into NBC.com with their cable providers.
Representing Team Reba
Ruby Leigh will face off against fellow Team Reba contestant Jacquie Roar as well as Huntley (Team Niall), Lila Forde (Team Legend), and Mara Justine (Team Niall).
The Voice finale will feature a slew of special guest performers. Click HERE to see who’s performing.
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.