WATCH: Reba McEntire and Ruby Leigh Team Up For Festive Duet

The artists covered Brenda Lee’s iconic holiday hit,“Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” during the finale of “The Voice.”

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Lauren Jo Black

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December 20, 2023

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Reba McEntire, Ruby Leigh; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Reba McEntire and Ruby Leigh spread Christmas cheer with a festive performance of Brenda Lee’s iconic holiday hit, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” during the finale of NBC’s The Voice on Tuesday evening (Dec. 19). 

The set of The Voice was transformed into what appeared to be a Christmas market for their performance. With vendors and various people bustling about the scene, Reba and Ruby took center stage to deliver a standout performance. Sporting festive green tops for the occasion, the singers captivated the audience as they belted out the lyrics to the Brenda Lee hit. 

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Their performance comes on the heels of the 65th anniversary of the holiday hit and just days after Lee celebrated her first-ever No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the song. 

Reba Also Performed With Jacquie Roar

Ruby Leigh wasn’t the only contestant who had a chance to sing with Reba during The Voice finale. The country superstar also teamed up with fellow Team Reba contestant Jacquie Roar to deliver a cover of Wynonna Judd’s “No One Else On Earth.” This performance even garnered praise from Wynonna herself! Click HERE to check it out. 

Reba McEntire, Ruby Leigh; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC
Reba McEntire, Ruby Leigh; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

About Ruby Leigh

Ruby Leigh is just 16 years old and was a front-runner of the competition from the start. She earned a four-chair turn with her unique yodel performance of Patsy Montana’s “I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart.” She was full of confidence and earned praise from the entire coaches panel. While each coach clammored for her attention, it was Reba who she had the most in common with. 

“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 and enjoyed a wildly successful season The Voice. She covered songs such as Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” Linda Ronstat’s “Long, Long Time,” and  “You Lie” by Cee Cee Chapman, which was later recorded by Reba McEntire.

Ruby Leigh; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC
Ruby Leigh; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Thanked Her Supporters

She made it to the finale where she earned the coveted spot of runner-up. Following the show, she reflected on her journey and thanked everyone who supported her along the way. 

Alongside a series of photos from the show, Ruby Leigh wrote, “Well. That’s it the Voice finale was tonight. I am so thankful for all the people I’ve met and all the amazing bonds I’ve made. Thank you to everyone on the show and everyone that has voted and believed in me I love you all!” 

L to R: Jacquie Roar, Lila Forde, Ruby Leigh, Mara Justine, Huntley; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC
L to R: Jacquie Roar, Lila Forde, Ruby Leigh, Mara Justine, Huntley; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Season 24 Finale

These performances were part of the two-night finale, which also featured special guests Earth, Wind & Fire, who performed a medley of hits from their extensive catalog spanning a whopping five decades. Keith Urban made a special appearance to deliver his chart-topping “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” which had now amassed over 1 billion streams. AJR performed a mash-up of “Bang!” and “Yes I’m a Mess” from their new album, and Tyla sang her Billboard Top 10 hit, “Water.” Additionally, Dan + Shay, who will make their debut as coaches on the next season of The Voice, made a special appearance to perform “Bigger Houses,” the title track of their latest album. 

Huntley (Team Niall), Jacquie Roar (Team Reba), Lila Forde (Team Legend), Mara Justine Team Niall), and Ruby Leigh (Team Reba) competed to win this season of The Voice, and the winner was revealed as Huntley at the conclusion of the show.

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Lauren Jo Black

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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.