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John Legend once got denied by a national star search competition

Many years ago, when Voice coach John Legend was just a teenager, he entered a talent content at his local mall: “a little local Star Search competition” in the winner would get his or her tape sent off to the national Star Search TV show. John won at the local level, but he failed to advance to the actual Star Search. Of course, he went on to be an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) winner, and now, withh is exquisite contestant Maelyn Jarmon, he may finally win a television talent show as a first-time coach on The Voice. But even if Maelyn doesn’t win, she -- like John – clearly has a long career ahead of her. Longtime incumbent coach Blake Shelton may have dominated The Voice Season 16, getting three male country contestants to the top four, but on Monday’s final showdown, it was Maelyn -- whether she was singing solo or dueting with John on his long-ago Star Search song, “Unforgettable” – who stood out. Even when she was doing "Hallelujah," the Leonard Cohen classic that’s been covered so many times that it should have been retired from all on singing shows long before Cohen died three years ago, Maelyn was, well unforgettable.

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