Watch Yodeling Contestant Ruby Leigh Wow ‘The Voice’ Judges and Get a Four-Chair Turn

What could make The Voice even more unpredictable? How about a little yodeling?

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In another show-stopping episode of blind auditions, 16-year-old Ruby Leigh took the stage to perform a throaty cover of Patsy Montana’s “I Want to Be a Cowboy Sweetheart.” It featured some impressive yodeling from the young singer.

The young performer from Missouri got a four-chair turn from judges Niall Horan, Gwen Stefani, Reba McEntire, and John Legend for the performance.

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Legend kicked off the judges’ comments. “I’ve truly never heard anything like what you just did. I loved how clear and precise and piercing and beautiful your tone was,” he said. “And then when you started doing the yodeling, it was like, how is a human being able to do the things that you’re doing? You can win The Voice, honestly. I would love to coach you on Team Legend.”

“That was just cool,” Stefani added. “I yodel a lot, but you’re way better than me. There’s just something so powerful being 16, playing the guitar, having a style, like, with the way you’re dressed. And I’m blown away by you and I would love to work with you.”

Horan continued the love fest that resulted from a four-chair turn, saying, “The energy is just insane. You got four chairs for a reason. I really felt like we had a chance against Reba, or not. The control and power that you’ve got at 16 is just insane. You’re really exciting, and I would obviously love you to be on my team.”

McEntire, meanwhile, found a piercing connection with the young yodeler. “Ruby, as young as you are, being a fan of Patsy Montana, I’m a third generation rodeo brat, so Patsy Montana, a country western singer — not just country, there is a difference — I’m very flattered, very proud of my heritage that you’re singing this song,” she said. “Matter of fact, my mama could yodel. And she taught me how to yodel. But I do believe that it would be a great idea if we got the audience’s opinion.”

Leigh ended up going with Team Reba McEntire, a fitting choice for her vocal stylings.

The Voice airs on Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Photo by Greg Gayne/NBC

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