Mia Hailey is just 13 years old, but her performance during the blind auditions on “The Voice” prompted coaches Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande to turn around in their chairs.
Hailey performed “You Broke Me First” by Tate McRae. Although Grande took her time turning around, she mouthed the words “beautiful” and “wow” during the performance. When she saw that Clarkson had turned around, she became visibly torn about what to do. She ultimately hit her buzzer and turned around for Hailey.
Grande told Hailey that she could tell she was young but didn’t think she was “that young.” Hailey decided to join Team Ariana. Watch her performance below.
Hailey Was Born With a Rare Eye Condition
Hailey was born with an eye condition called double elevator palsy. Her mother explained that “basically means the brain starts to register that eye as a non-working eye and slowly the vision just kind of starts going away.”
Hailey had surgery at just 7 years old, but it went well. She says she has regained most of her vision back. According to PubMed, double elevator palsy is a rare clinical disorder.
Is Hailey the Youngest Ever Contestant on ‘The Voice?’
Hailey is actually not the first 13-year-old contestant to appear on “The Voice.” During season 15, 13-year-old Kennedy Holmes got all four coaches to turn around in their chairs during her blind audition performance of “Turning Tables” by Adele.
What Is Kennedy Holmes Doing Now?
Now 16 years old, Holmes is still in high school. “The Voice” finalist recently shared an Instagram video of her school volleyball match.
“We won the entire match for the first time EVER!!!,” she wrote. Holmes is still performing as well. In June, she sang the National Anthem at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
“Tonight was nothing short of amazing! Got a chance to sing the National Anthem but also saw my favorites @simonebiles and @jordanchiles do their thing…They did not disappoint!!,” Holes wrote on Instagram.
Who Else Is on Team Ariana So Far?
It’s no surprise that Grande is a hit with the young contestants on “The Voice.” But who else is on her team? Does she have any older team members?
So far, Grande’s team consists of Katie Rae, Katherine Ann Mohler, Vaughn Mugol, Chavon Rodgers, Jim and Sasha Allen, and Raquel Trinidad. Grande isn’t just for the kids, she has some parents on her team! Katie Rae is a 35-year-old mom and Jim and Sasha Allen are a father and son duo.
Raquel Trinidad of Team Ariana isn’t brand new to reality competition shows. She appeared on “American Idol” during season 17. She made it to the top 40 but was not a semi-finalist. She is also a singer-songwriter with music available on Spotify.
New episodes of “The Voice” air Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.