Nov. 12, 2013 at 1:46 PM ET
It’s been a swift ascent on "The Voice" for 16-year-old Jacquie Lee, the singer who turned just two chairs during her blind audition. Her powerful version of Jack White's take on U2's "Love Is Blindness" Monday earned her high praise from the coaches. And just last week, she left their jaws on the floor with Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You."
After the show Monday, Jacquie told TODAY about the key to her sudden emergence.
“I got way more comfortable,” she said. “I'm getting stronger, and I'm getting more comfortable on the stage. Something has definitely clicked, and I'm ready to let it out.”
The New Jersey native, who is on Christina Aguilera's team, also said she believes it’s better for her to have joined "The Voice" at a relatively young age.
“I do think that's an advantage,” she reflected. “The younger you get the exposure, the better you're going to be. You're just going to keep growing and keep building and everyone gets to see that. They get to see the progress that you're making.
“I think that it's pretty cool — and Christina started around this age, too, which is also pretty cool.”
The teen is currently the show's youngest artist still in the competition this season.
In the four seasons Aguilera has coached on "The Voice," the superstar has never had an artist on her team finish higher than third place. But with the continuing power and growing stage presence demonstrated by Jacquie, that could change this time — and it would give the "Beautiful" singer the added perk of being able to gloat that she was the one to end fellow coach Blake Shelton's three-season winning streak.
Yet even though Jacquie delivered two vocally dominating performances in a row, the up-and-coming artist isn’t planning on taking it easy any time soon.
“It's live rounds now and the competition is heating up,” Jacquie said, “so you need to give it your best or you're not going to stick around.”
"The Voice" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.