Reba Turns At The Last Second For “Voice” Singer’s Feisty Carrie Underwood Cover

Ashley Bryant earned a chair turned from Reba McEntire at the last second after covering Carrie Underwood's

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Ashly Bryant’s Fiery Rendition Of Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name” Prompts A Last Second Chair Turn From Coach Reba

For a moment, it looked like Voice hopeful Ashley Bryant wasn’t going to get a chair turn for her blind audition. But at the last second, Reba McEntire turned her chair for the young singer from Louisville, Kentucky.

Bryant delivered a feisty performance of Carrie Underwood’s hit song, “Last Name.” 

“Last Name” was released in April 2008 as the third single from Carrie’s album Carnival Ride. It reached the #1 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart and also crossed over to claim the 19th spot on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.

Later, “Last Name” led Carrie to her third Grammy win in the Best Country Female Vocal Performance category. The song also won the award for Country Song of the Year at the 35th People’s Choice Awards.

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After Her Last Second Chair Turn, Reba Tells Ashley Carrie Underwood Would Be “Very Proud” Of Her Performance

“Last Name” is a fiery song. Anyone who covers it needs to put a lot of power and passion behind their performance to pull it off.

Ashley brought that power and passion to her performance on The Voice. She worked the crowd throughout the song, and kept the audience engaged.

Of course, the coaches couldn’t see how she took command of the stage, since they all had their backs turned. Reba kept looking over at Dan + Shay, waiting to see if the country duo would turn for Ashley.

But they didn’t. In fact, as the performance continued, it started to look like Ashley wasn’t going to get a single chair to turn.

Thankfully, Reba stepped in and turned her chair for Ashley at the last second! She ended up being the only coach to turn for the performance.

Reba turned her chair at the last second for "Voice" hopeful Ashley Bryant's blind audition performance of Carrie Underwood's "Last Name"
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Ashley couldn’t contain her excitement over having Reba as her coach. “I would get excited too if the Queen of Country turned for me after that,” John Legend told the 26-year-old singer.

You did a great job on Carrie’s song, she’d be very proud,” Reba told Ashley with a smile.

Voice Contestant Ashley Bryant Opens Up About Her Hearing Loss

Ashley went on to share that she was involved in a car accident a few years ago. The accident left her with hearing loss in one of her ears, but she didn’t let that stop her from chasing her dreams.

John referred to Maelyn Jarmon, who was on his team and won Season 16 of The Voice. She also has significant hearing loss like Ashley.

“Just so you know, the sky’s the limit for what you can do on this show … I know you can do it,” John encouraged her.

Dan + Shay said they considered turning, but waited to see what Reba did. That’s why they hesitated. “You pulled a sneaky on us and waited ’til the last minute,” Shay said.

Ashley, the more she sang, the more I fell in love with her voice, and her energy.” Reba said in her behind-the-scenes chat after Ashley’s audition. “…I think she can go far on ‘The Voice.‘”

Head below to watch Ashley’s blind audition performance of “Last Name” and see Reba turn her chair for her at the last second!

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