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'The Voice' 2022: Who is Omar Cardona? John Legend claims this four-chair turn artist could win the show

Omar was barely done with his first note when John immediately decided to turn his chair on 'The Voice' Season 22
'The Voice' Season 22 contestant Omar Cardona (Omar Cardona/ Instagram)
'The Voice' Season 22 contestant Omar Cardona (Omar Cardona/ Instagram)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The much-awaited Season 22 of NBC's hit singing competition show 'The Voice' kicked off with a soul-stirring performance by Morgan Myles which ended with not only a four-chair turn from the coaches but also a block from new coach Camila Cabello towards Gwen Stefani.

After watching Morgan set the bar pretty high with her performance, we couldn't help but feel sorry for the performer who would have to go after her. But we were almost immediately proven wrong, as soon as Omar Cardona began crooning to Separate Ways by Journey. It came as no surprise when Omar too managed to get the coveted four-chair turn from coaches- Blake Shelton, John Legend, Gwen, and Camila. John was so impressed by Omar's "turns" in his performance that the celebrity judge declared that Omar could be the winner of the season! In case you're wondering who this contestant is who managed to earn such high praise from the legendary EGOT winner, then we got you covered.


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Who is Omar Cardona?

Omar Jose Cardona is a 33-year-old full-time performer from Orlando, Florida. He has been performing music as his full-time career since past 15 years. In his Sound Better profile, Omar revealed that he has been working as a professional singer since graduating high school in 2007. He said, "I graduated high school in 07' and have been working as a professional singer ever since then. Ive never had to have what people call a normal job. My gift has kept me working, thank god."

He has been associated with Disney in various capacities ranging from sessions singer to providing background vocals. He provided background vocals for Jordan Fisher, which he considers as one of his proudest accomplishments. "I sing BGVs for Jordan Fisher (an accomplished Hollywood actor/singer). Working for JF for about a year now has changed my career path in a direction I want to continue heading in," he explained. When asked about his strengths, Omar shared, "I have a very high belt (E above high C) and my riffing ability is vast."

He has collaborated with the award-winning Acappella group Voice Play, providing vocals on a trio of singles including covers of “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas and “Dream On” by Aerosmith. He also performs with an Orlando-based band called the Epic Party Band, which specializes in pop and dance music. On his Instagram bio, Omar describes himself as, "Professional singer. Loving son, brother & boyfriend. Polyamorous. Twitch Gamer(Omaj_88). Overall people person. Night owl! Love is Love!"


Omar Cardona on 'The Voice' Season 22

Omar was barely done with his first note when John immediately decided to turn his chair. Soon, the other coaches followed suit with Camila turning last. Though Gwen and Camila tried to lure Omar into joining their teams by praising his performance, it was Blake and John who got into a bidding war of sorts to get the Florida-based singer onto their team. John tried to get Omar into his Team Legend by envisioning how his vocals would sound with different genres, while Blake adopted the strategy of poking holes in John's feedback to win over Omar. 

A very amused Omar decided to join John's Team Legend. He expressed his vision of creating a genre that blends pop and old-school rock. John was so happy with getting a four-chair turn performer on his team that he continued raving about the youngster's performance. Going to the extent of saying, "I told him he can win the voice and I believe that." We'll just have to wait and watch to see if John's predictions come true.

'The Voice' Season 22 airs on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC, and is available for streaming on Peacock.