It takes confidence to sing a John Legend song in public. It takes sheer chutzpah to sing a John Legend song in public, on national television, in front of John Legend. But that's exactly what one Central Texas woman did on Monday, September 23, when the latest season of The Voice premiered on NBC.
Rose Short, who lives in Killeen, wowed the judges when she sang Legend's "Preach" during the show's blind auditions. (For the 11 or so Americans who have not seen The Voice, contestants walk onto the stage while judges Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Legend sit in large red chairs facing the other way. If the judges like what they hear, they hit a button and whip around. After the song is over, the judges then try and convince the contestant to join their team.)
While her mother and other family members excitedly waited in the wings alongside host Carson Daly, Short wowed the audience and judges alike with her sultry take on Legend's hit song. Clarkson hit her button almost immediately, and Stefani followed shortly behind.
Legend notably did not turn around, later telling Short, "It's a little bit of a weakness of mine as a coach when I hear other people sing my song, I overthink it. But trust me; you did slay my song." Short ultimately selected Stefani to be her coach, thus securing her spot on the upcoming season — a season Clarkson declared Short can win during her unsuccessful plea to have her join Team Kelly.
The NBC game show is a change for the former corrections officer, who worked in a maximum security men's prison for eight years before becoming a full-time singer and performer. According to an NBC representative, Short, who was born in Killeen, began singing as a child living in Germany, where her father was stationed. After moving back to Texas, she became active in theater and choir. After school, however, she needed a job, which led to her career as a CO.
Fans are hoping Short's corrections days are behind her, however, as season 17 moves forward. Following the blind auditions, the Central Texas singer will join her mates on Team Stefani and find out who really does have the voice to win it all.