Tuesday, September 21, 2022 was the first day of Blind Auditions for season 22 of “The Voice”, and the show kicked off with an impressive audition.
The then 13-year-old mariachi singer Reina Ley was the first audition of the evening, and she immediately impressed coaches Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, John Legend and Camila Cabello, earning a two-seat turn after singing “Cielito Lindo.” Ley has now turned 14.
Prior to her audition, Ley told the cameras that she first performed live when she was nine years old, and her parents said they were proud of her, while her father said that sometimes he couldn’t even see her perform or he would. going to cry.
Ley sang “Cielito Lindo” because, as she shared, representing her roots was important for her to audition.
“It’s part of me,” she said. “I’m going to give everything I have.”
Cabello was immediately impressed by the singer, who danced in her chair and turned around before any of the other coaches even seemed to consider turning their chair. She later got a seat from Gwen Stefani, and Stefani and Cabello danced together for the rest of the performance.
Then Cabello spoke to Ley in Spanish while the rest of the coaches watched.
“Your voice is incredible,” Cabello told her. “I love that you’re singing a mariachi song. I’m so proud of our culture and all that music is so beautiful to tap into. If you did a mariachi version of a Billie Eilish song… I just think we could have so much fun together.”
Stefani said she liked that Reina had a “raw and pure” performance and asked what Ley’s dream is.
“Of course being a big star,” she said, adding that she sings both country and pop music. However, her idol is Camila Cabello.
The 13-year-old singer eventually went with Cabello as her coach, and fans think she made the right decision.
Then Cabello said she liked Ley’s tone.
“As an immigrant kid, I also feel like she can be my little sister,” Cabello said. “This is the kind of artist I wanted.”
Before the next audition, Cabello added, “I can’t believe she’s 13. That’s insane.”
Fans took to the comments on the uploaded YouTube video to say how excited they were for Ley.
“She’s so amazing!” one person wrote. “Such a beautiful voice to be only 13!? And Camila is such a great coach open to any genre of music, love her!!
Another person wrote: “This is one of those times when it’s not even up for debate who this young hopeful should be mated with!! Camila is a great fit for her not just because the age difference is closer together and they’re both latinas , but more importantly Camila can guide her very well in dealing with pressure on a high stakes competition show like this at a young age as she has literally lived through it so she knows the feeling all too well!! !”
Many were impressed that the singer’s voice was so mature for her age.