Hint number one: Quizz Swanigan.
Hint number two: Aaliyah Rose.
Still don’t have the answer?
Here’s another hint: It has everything to do with the number 13.
The answer: There isn’t a single 13-year-old among the Season 13 cast. Nor 14-year-old, for that matter.
Season 12 marked the first time The Voice lowered its audition age limit to 13. Quizz and Aaliyah wound up being the first contestants to make the show who were just 13 when they auditioned.
Both proved they were extremely talented for their age. Both also proved not quite ready to go up against contestants who had been performing longer than they’d been alive.
Yet Quizz was inexplicably awarded a battle round victory over Felicia Temple. Yet Blake Shelton swooped in and used his only knockout round steal on Aaliyah when there were far more deserving contestants.
It’s almost as if there was an edict from The Voice production team — and I’d be willing to bet there was — that went something like this: The 13-year-olds will make the live playoffs, one way or another.