Thousands show up to audition for NBC’s ‘The Voice’ in Austin

The Voice stage (NBC Photo)
The Voice stage (NBC Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thousands of future musical talents filled the Austin Convention Center Saturday for a chance to be a contestant on NBC’s The Voice.

The open call auditions came before auditions on May 21 in Los Angeles, June 4 in Philadelphia and June 18 in St. Louis.

Many people who lined up this morning told KXAN that they have tried out before and that they know that contestants only have seconds to impress show producers.

One contestant, Jennifer Robison, traveled to Austin from Burnet to give it her best shot. And this isn’t her first try. She said that in the past, she also has tried out in Houston and Minnesota.

“They call name by name,” she said. “We go up one and a time. We have anywhere from 30 seconds to 60 seconds to sing. And if they like you, they keep you. And if not, they send you — thank you — and send you on your way.”

Those trying out today would appear on the show’s 13th season, which will air this fall. This the show’s second time to stop in Austin. It first came in 2011 during the show’s first year on the air.

A week before audition day, an artist audition pass was emailed out to potential contestants. Artists were asked to prepare two songs for the audition. They were asked to perform one song, but have a second song ready if asked. Singing at the auditions was only a cappella.

Organizers said that means no background tracks, no accompaniment and no instruments.

Gwen Stefani returns as a coach this season, joining Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton and host Carson Daly.

The show’s format features five stages of competition: the first begins with the blind auditions, followed by the battle rounds, the knockouts, the live playoffs and, finally, the live performance shows.

Visit The Voice website for more information on the auditions. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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