AUM student advances to next round on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

Jerome Godwin III advanced within this season of NBC's "The Voice."
Jerome Godwin III advanced within this season of NBC's "The Voice."(Source: NBC)
Published: Mar. 13, 2023 at 4:48 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 13, 2023 at 9:10 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - It appears season 23 of NBC’s “The Voice” is becoming a competition among Montgomery residents. Three River Region contestants have now been confirmed on the hit show. Two appeared on Monday night’s episode.

Jerome Godwin III took the stage, as did Ryley Tate Wilson, 15, who recently wowed judges to the point that all four turned their chairs during the blind auditions.

This was Godwin’s second attempt to get the judges to turn their chairs. He competed in season 19 and tried again after being encouraged by then-judge John Legend to return.

This time, Godwin impressed them with enough with his rendition of Ariana Grande’s “pov” to get invited to continue this season.. He ended up picking Niall Horan as his coach.

Ryley also picked Horan as his coach in Monday’s episode.

Godwin is an Ashford native but is attending Auburn University at Montgomery where he’s a junior.

“The audition experience was very stressful, but I enjoyed every bit of it,” he said. “I spent a couple of weeks with vocal coaches and The Voice band to perfect the song. I was very comfortable when it was time to audition for the coaches.”

Godwin and Wilson are joined by fellow Alabamian and Montgomery resident D. Smooth, who was selected to be on judge Kelly Clarkson’s team a week ago.

“The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on NBC.

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