If Jake Hoot from team Kelly Clarkson wins The Voice season 17 next week, he will be the first one chair turn to win the show. That got me thinking about all the winners over 16 seasons of the NBC singing show, and how many chairs each of them turned.
Caveat: I realize that Season 12 winner Chris Blue was technically a one chair turn! However, by the time he auditioned (last, supposedly), Alicia Keys was the only coach with an open spot on her team. Would Chris have earned more chairs if he had auditioned earlier in the round? Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani seemed disappointed their teams were full.
Here are the stats:
Eight out of the 16 winners (50%) crowned since The Voice premiered on NBC in 2011 were four chair turns. .
Interestingly, The four country winners–Danielle Bradbery, Sundance Head, Craig Wayne Boyd and Chevel Shepherd were two or three chair turns. (Cassadee Pope auditioned with the pop song “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia. She didn’t go full-on country until after her win in 2013). However, other than Kelly, and an occasional pitch from Adam, the pop and R&B coaches mostly ceded the country singers to Blake Shelton.
While four chair turns dominate the winners list, there is a dry spell after 4 chair turn Alisan Porter won the show in spring 2016 for Team Christina Aguilera. It took three years and 6 seasons before 4 chair turn Maelyn Jarmon from Team John Legend won Season 16 in spring 2019.
The Voice season 17 finale airs on NBC Monday Dec. 16 and Tuesday Dec. 17 at 8 pm ET/PT.
The Voice Winners
Season 1 – Javier Colon – Team Adam Levine – 4 chair turn (Adam, CeeLo, Christina, Blake)
Season 2 – Jermaine Paul – Team Blake Shelton – 2 chair turn (Ceelo, Blake)
Season 3 – Cassadee Pope – Team Blake Shelton – 4 chair turn (Adam, CeeLo, Christina Blake)
Season 4 – Danielle Bradbery – Team Blake Shelton – 3 chair turn (Adam, Usher, Blake)
Season 5 – Tessanne Chin – Team Adam Levine – 4 chair turn (Adam, CeeLo, Christina, Blake)
Season 6 – Josh Kaufman – Team Usher – 4 chair turn (Adam, Shakira, Usher, Blake)
Season 7 – Craig Wayne Boyd – Team Blake Shelton – 2 chair turn (Pharrell, Blake)
Season 8 – Sawyer Fredericks – Team Pharrell Williams – 4 chair turn (Adam, Pharrell, Christina, Blake)
Season 9 – Jordan Smith – Team Adam Levine – 4 chair turn (Adam, Gwen, Pharrell, Blake)
Season 10 – Alisan Porter – Team Christina Aguilera – 4 chair turn (Adam Pharrell, Christina, Blake)
Season 11 – Sundance Head – Team Blake Shelton – 2 chair turn (Adam, Blake)
Season 12 – Chris Blue – Team Alicia Keys – 1 chair turn (Last auditioner, teams full) (Alicia)
Season 13 – Chloe Kohanski – Team Blake Shelton – 3 chair turn (Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Blake)
Season 14 – Brynn Cartelli – Team Kelly Clarkson – 2 chair turn (Kelly, Blake)
Season 15 – Chevel Shepherd – Team Kelly Clarkson – 3 chair turn (Kelly, Jennifer, Blake)
Season 16 – Maelyn Jarmon – Team John Legend – 4 chair turn (Adam, John, Kelly, Blake)
8 four chair turns
3 three chair turns
4 two chair turns
1 one chair turn (three teams full)
Season 17 Top 4
Katie Kadan – 4 chair turn – Team John Legend – (Kelly, Gwen, John, Blake) (Kelly blocked)
Rose Short – 2 chair turn – Team Gwen Stefani – (Kelly, Gwen)
Jake Hoot – 1 chair turn – Team Kelly Clarkson – (Kelly)
Ricky Duran – Team Blake Shelton – 4 chair turn – (Kelly, Gwen, John, Blake)