'The Voice' Season 21: Who is Raquel Trinidad? Florida bus driver wows Ariana Grande
Blake Shelton has established himself as the most popular coach on 'The Voice' thanks to his eight wins! But looks like the new coach and pop sensation Ariana Grande might give the country legend a run for his money on the currently airing Season 21 of the singing competition show. Although this is Ariana's first season as the coach on the show, she is pretty selective when it comes to picking performers for Team Ariana.
But 23-year-old Raquel Trinidad managed to almost immediately grab Ariana's attention during the blind auditions. As soon as Raquel stepped onto the stage and began crooning to 'I Wish' by Stevie Wonder, the 'Thank You, Next' singer wasted no time in turning the chair to watch her performance. Soon, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson also joined Ariana by turning their chairs and watching Raquel in complete awe as she effortlessly managed to fuse the classic sounds with her fresh take on them. The three coaches fought pretty hard to get Raquel to join their team, but eventually, Ariana won. If you're curious to know more about the newest addition to Team Ariana, then read on.
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Who is Raquel Trinidad on 'The Voice'?
Raquel is a 23-year-old aspiring singer originally from Tampa, Florida, but currently residing in Miami. If this young performer's face and voice seem familiar to you then you wouldn't be wrong as she earlier competed on 'American Idol'. She was featured on Season 17 of 'American Idol' and even made it to top 20, but unfortunately couldn't go beyond that.
Raquel clearly didn't let that disappointment crush her dreams as she is back on 'The Voice' ready to try her luck once again to get her big break in the music industry. In her introduction video, the 23-year-old revealed that she has always loved singing and wanted to be a singer ever since she was a little girl. Her father played bongos and she sang along to it. She got her big break when she was roped in as a voice-over artist for 'Dora the Explorer', which also featured Shakira. Ever since then Raquel was determined to become a singer.
She moved to Miami to grow her career but had to take up a job as a bus driver to support her dreams. Raquel revealed that she loves her job as she gets to play her original music on the bus while she drives and promotes herself, but she admitted that she still wants to be a singer and not just a bus driver. So, she decided to try out for 'The Voice' to get a step closer to her dreams. It looks like Raquel made the right decision as the three-chair-turn performer already had the coaches bickering among themselves to have her on their team.
We can't wait to watch Raquel's performances on 'The Voice'.
'The Voice' Season 21 airs every Monday and Tuesday at 8/7c on NBC.