‘The Voice’: Asher HaVon on Being the First Openly LGBTQ+ Winner and Working with Reba McEntire (Exclusive)

Reba McEntire won his first title in The voice with the singer from season 25 Asher HaVon — and that wasn’t the only story the duo made on Tuesday.

ET’s Cassie DiLaura caught up with the singer and his winning coach after the big announcement to get their take on Asher being the first openly LGBTQ+ singer to win the NBC singing competition. (Season 8 winner Sawyer Fredericks came out as bisexual in 2022, seven years after winning the show at age 16).

“I’m so proud to be a part of that community, and I just pray that everything I’ve done on this show has inspired you all, that you can do the same,” Asher marveled.

“Working with a queen like that,” she praised her coach, who applauded her victory, “thank you all very much.”

Reba shared that she was “tickled” to get her first notch. Voice victory since joining the show last season, adding, “It feels wonderful.”

Asher HaVon became the first openly LGBTQ+ winner of ‘The Voice’ in season 25.Casey Durkin/NBC via Getty Images

“But I have to say something about The voice “Look how Asher is dressed,” he continued. “Every time you came on stage, you looked majestic. You presented yourself royally. I was so proud of it.”

Tears continued to flow for the duo as Asher joked, “I put on too much mascara!”

“But I was very excited,” he added. “My heart was filled with so much gratitude and looking at Reba and seeing her emotion, it was everything.”

As for the lessons the duo learned from each other, Asher joked, “I’ve been crying most of our sessions (so I don’t know) what you can learn!”

However, Reba remembered an important bonding moment.

“There was a song you were going to sing and you said, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to interpret this; I don’t know, I can’t relate to it,'” he recalled. “I said, ‘Think of someone who can relate to it and channel it.’ That’s what I’ve been doing for 30 or 40 years in my business. If I sing about a situation I’ve never dealt with, I channel someone who has.” has done”.

Asher surprised some when he joined Team Reba after landing a three-chair turn for his Blind Audition performance of Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain.” However, she has been a standout on the team ever since, winning both her Battle, with Tina Turner’s “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” and her Knockout, with a spectacular performance of “Un-Break My.” Heart” by Toni Braxton. “

She put on another epic performance at the Playoffs, lending her vocal power to David Guetta and Sia’s “Titanum” before showing off her versatility in the live shows, with the seductive “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men and the Beyoncé breakup. ballad “Irreplaceable”.

Asher showed off even more of her range on the first night of the finale taking on two iconic divas with Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

Asher and Reba kept it old school with their final performance, taking the stage to a rendition of Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald’s “On My Own.”

ET spoke with the season 25 coaches before the first part of the finale on Monday night, and Reba shared how excited she was for the star-studded finale, which also featured performances from The Black Keys. jelly roll, Kate Hudson, Lainey WilsonMuni long, Thomas Rhettand season 24 winner Gina Miles.

“So many great artists come to the building,” he marveled. “Not only the artists who have been competing all this time for The voice trophy but our guest stars. I’m so excited!”

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