After taking some time off from “The Voice” last season, Kelly Clarkson has returned — and she’s ready to win.

“I am so excited to be back with my ‘Voice’ family!” Clarkson previously said in a statement, per the Deseret News. “Let’s do this, Team Kelly!”

Now, with the finale fast approaching, here’s a look at singer D. Smooth, the remaining contestant on Clarkson’s team.

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Who is D. Smooth on ‘The Voice’ 2023?

According to his official bio for “The Voice,” D. Smooth, a 25-year-old singer from Alabama, previously attempted to get on the show during Season 21 — but the teams all filled up before he got a chance to audition.

“Looking back, he’s grateful he didn’t get a chance to perform at a time when he wasn’t giving 100% to music,” his bio reads. “D.Smooth grew up in the rural countryside and his entire extended family all lived on the same street. He feels blessed that his family was close by to keep him grounded. In high school, D.Smooth was a singer in the jazz band, but even though he loved music, his main focus was sports. Now that he’s back at ‘The Voice,’ he’s ready to give music his all.”

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D. Smooth has impressed judges from the start. During the Battle round, he earned a Playoff pass, meaning he got to skip the Knockout round to advance straight to the live playoffs.

During his time on the show, performances from D. Smooth have included Allen Stone’s “Unaware” and Khalid’s “Location.”

To secure his spot in the top five, D. Smooth channeled Ed Sheeran and performed “Thinking Out Loud” — which was recently at the center of a copyright infringement trial.

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D. Smooth initially performed Sheeran’s “Perfect” for his blind audition — and got the attention of Clarkson and Niall Horan. Both of the coaches praised D. Smooth for his interpretation of the song, infusing it with R&B and soul, but in the end, the singer opted to select Clarkson as his coach.

If D. Smooth wins Season 23, it would mark Clarkson’s fifth victory on the show.


D. Smooth performances on ‘The Voice’ 2023

Below are some highlights from D. Smooth’s run on “The Voice.”

Blind audition

Battles

Playoffs

Semifinals