11 Weeks of Ricky: Relive Ricky Duran’s Road on ‘The Voice’

by | Dec 17, 2019 | Entertainment, Arts, Headlines


That’s how it all started on October 7, after Ricky Duran performed “River” by soul singer Leon Bridges in the blind auditions of NBC’s singing competition show, The Voice.

The weeks to follow would culminate in Duran finishing as the runner-up to country singer Jake Hoot. 

For that blind audition performance, Duran would receive a standing ovation from the show’s competition coaches Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton.

The official video of Duran’s blind audition performance would be viewed more than 1.5 million times.

Watch it here:

Two weeks later, Duran would take on 


And Shelton and Duran did just that.

The following week, during The Voice‘s knockout rounds, Duran sang “She Talks to Angels” by The Black Crowes


On Nov. 11, Duran opened the show’s live playoffs with

It certainly wouldn’t be the last time.



The fans voted Duran to continue on into the The Voice Top 13 and, a week later on Nov. 18,

On Nov. 25, during the show’s T


On Dec. 2 — nearly two months from Duran’s debut on the show — he performed Albert King’s blues classic “Born Under a Bad Sign” to advance into the show’s Top 8. 

Duran’s rendition of the song is still the #1 on the iTunes Blues charts. 

The following week would be what some might consider Duran’s defining moment on the show and catapulted Duran into the show’s finale.

Duran opened his performance of The Beatles’ “Let it Be” playing the song on a piano before he took his guitar to a raised stage surrounded by backup singers.

Duran described the song as his “family anthem.”


On Monday night’s opening night of The Voice finale, Duran sang a trio of songs, including a cover of Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream, ” an original performance “A Woman Like Her,” and a classic holiday song “Run Rudolph Run” with Shelton.




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Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Previous to starting TWIW, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Before that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He can be contacted at [email protected]