More than one ‘Voice’ from the past

Garret Gardner Credit: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU
Garret Gardner
Credit: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU

Keeping up with the many seasons of various singing competitions is a tall task (you have to commit two nights of your TV-watching week, and once you find a contestant to root for, he or she could be gone the next week) but when “The Voice” came back late last month for its fourth season there were a few familiar faces along with the new ones.

Veteran judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton welcomed newbies Shakira and Usher to the judges table, but there was also a mix of old and new amongst the contestants during the the premiere’s blind auditions.

Contestant Garrett Gardner says he didn’t let previous seasons’ disappointment stand in the way of auditioning again.

“I took into account what, in particular, Blake had told me because he was really the one who gave me some really harsh but much needed constructive criticism,” says the 17-year-old singer, who wowed Shakira enough with his version of the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” to make it onto her team.

Holly Tucker is also no stranger to “The Voice.” The Texan who made it onto Blake’s team auditioned for Season One of the competition. Tucker says she values that the judges can’t see her while she sings.

“I’ve been judged in the past and it’s something that you just have to get a thick skin and learn to deal with, which is what I think I’ve done over the past years,” she says.

Why not ‘Idol’?

“I auditioned for ‘American Idol,’ and they’re actually the reason I auditioned for ‘The Voice,’” Gardner says. Taylor Beckham, who made it on Team Usher, says, “I just really believed in ‘The Voice … I thought it was the best option for me.”

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