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Why Gwen Stefani won’t win ‘The Voice’ this season

Stefani, who got her first ‘Voice’ victory with 15-year-old Carter Rubin in 2020, came into the 2022 season looking for her second win as a coach

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Gwen Stefani on “The Voice.”

Gwen Stefani on “The Voice.”

Tyler Golden, NBC

Gwen Stefani is officially out of the running to win “The Voice” this season.

Stefani, who got her first “Voice” victory with 15-year-old Carter Rubin in 2020, came into the 2022 season looking for her second win as a coach.

But on Dec. 6, Justin Aaron, the last singer remaining on Stefani’s team, got eliminated from the competition. Now, the victory will go to either Blake Shelton — who has the most wins of all the coaches — John Legend or first-time coach Camila Cabello.


Who was Justin Aaron on Team Gwen Stefani?

Justin Aaron, a 34-year-old contestant from Kansas, was the last singer standing on Stefani before being eliminated after the top eight round.

When he auditioned for “The Voice,” Aaron made the bold choice to perform John Legend’s song “Glory.” While didn’t get a chair turn from Legend, the “All of Me” singer was complimentary and told Aaron he was a “talented vocalist.”

“I think I overanalyze it when someone’s doing my song,” Legend said, thanking Aaron for performing “Glory” on the show. “So don’t think that it’s because you did something wrong.”

In the end, Aaron ended up on Stefani’s team by default as she was the only coach to turn around.

“What is wrong with you freaks?” Stefani said to her fellow coaches following Aaron’s performance. “I don’t know why the whole world wouldn’t turn for that. That was incredible.”

Stefani continued to be a big support to Aaron throughout the competition. Most recently, the coach got emotional when Aaron was competing for one last chance to make it to the show’s top five.

“That was so amazing, that was so powerful,” Stefani said following Aaron’s performance of Travis Greene’s “Made a Way,” per NBC.com. “And I could see that you were really deeply, really in that song. And it’s very hard for me to find words right now because I’m very emotional. I was up all night praying for you, thinking about this. Camila turned to me and said you are the kindest person on the show this season and everybody feels it.”

Aaron ended up getting eliminated, along with Parijita Bastola and Kim Cruse from Legend’s team.

The five singers competing in the Season 22 finale on Dec. 12 and 13 are: Bodie, Brayden Lape, Bryce Leatherwood, Morgan Myles and Omar Jose Cardona, the Deseret News reported.


Will Gwen Stefani return to ‘The Voice’?

“The Voice” is already looking ahead to Season 23, which will be Shelton’s final season, the Deseret News reported. ButShelton will be the only returning coach for that season.

Season 23 won’t see Stefani, Legend or Cabello in the red swivel chairs. Instead, the show has announced that Kelly Clarkson will return as a coach, according to NBC News. The spring season will also see some new faces rounding out the coach lineup: Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan.