Six Former Child Stars Who Got Another Chance on 'The Voice'
A big part of the narrative surrounding The Voice is the show's focus on helping once-familiar young artists get a second chance at redemption in the music industry. This season is no different, as yet another former child star is set to compete in the Battle Rounds for Season 11.
While the coaches continue to complete their teams on tonight's show (Sept. 24), Billboard is taking a look back at past (and present) contestants who came to the NBC show looking for another shot in the spotlight.
Season 11 is already off to an emotional start, with former child country star Billy Gilman -- who made history at the age of 11 when he became the youngest artist to score a top 20 country hit, with his 2000 single "One Voice" -- inspired a bidding war between coaches Adam Levine and Miley Cyrus. Gilman, who had a record deal with Epic and was even nominated for a Grammy Award , is looking to reinvent himself, and is off to a great start after his stunning audition with Adele's "When We Were Young." He will compete in the Battle Rounds as a member of Team Adam.
From her first audition with Linda Ronstadt's "Blue Bayou," Porter was a front-runner to win Season 10 of The Voice, making history as she helped Christina Aguilera become the first female coach in history to win the show. Before that, she was a child actress with appearances in films like Parenthood and I Love You to Death before her breakout role alongside Jim Belushi in the 1991 comedy Curly Sue. She also appeared on Broadway in Footloose and The Ten Commandments: The Musical at the Kodak Theater alongside Val Kilmer and American Idol season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert.
Castro first endeared herself to the movie-going public starring as Gertie, Ben Affleck's daughter in the Kevin Smith rom-com, Jersey Girl. She went on to compete on the first season of The Voice as part of Team Christina, performing very grown up songs by artists like Kesha. Since then, she has released two singles, was featured on the Empire Cast Albums in 2015 and 2016, and is set to star in the 2017 film Heavenly Charm.
The season two runner-up was a Mouseketeer, alongside coach Christina Aguilera and *NSYNC's JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake, on The New Mickey Mouse Club. Lucca joined Team Adam, and even got to cover fellow Mouseketeer Britney Spears on the show. He was signed to Levine's label, 222 Records, and opened on tour for superstars like Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson, but was released from his deal in 2013.
She made it as far as the season three battle rounds, but before her audition, Pruitt had paid her dues at Disney, releasing two albums, No Ordinary Girl (2007) and Permission to Fly (2008). She also toured with High School Musical: The Concert.
Season five competitor Briana Cuoco -- younger sister of Big Bang Theory lead Kaley Cuoco -- made her acting debut in 2001 with a role in the R.L. Stine TV adaptation The Nightmare Room. While her acting profile remained low-key until 2012, when she was featured in the video diary series The Lydia Bennet!, she absolutely shined with her Voice audition of Lady Gaga's "You and I" -- scoring a spot on Team Christina.