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John Legend blown away by doppelgänger contestant on The Voice

Niamh Shackleton

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John Legend blown away by doppelgänger contestant on The Voice

Featured Image Credit: Derek White/Getty Images for The Same House / NBC

John Legend was left floored after meeting a contestant on The Voice who looked just like him.

We've all had people compare us to a famous face who we think looks nothing like us (some say I resemble Margot Robbie...), but this guy genuinely did look just like the 'All Of Me' hitmaker - and he agreed.

Talakai from Sacramento, California, recently featured on the show where he performed his own version of Sam Smith's hit song 'Stay With Me'.

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His voice was amazing, sparking Legend to turn round for him and he was undeniably taken aback when he was met with a mirror image of himself.

Fellow judge Niall Horan didn't turn round for Talakai, but before he turned at the end of the performance, Legend said: "Wait until you see his face."

Horan was also surprised by their resemblance and looked genuinely gobsmacked.

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Speaking after his performance, Legend, 44, said: "So, I'm on the internet and people send me pictures of people they think look like me."

Niall Horan was floored by their uncanny resemblance. Credits: The Voice/NBC
Niall Horan was floored by their uncanny resemblance. Credits: The Voice/NBC

"Most of the time I'm like 'not really', but then I turned round and looked at you and we have the same haircut," he went on as the audience began to laugh.

"He really, legitimately looks like me!" Legend went on to say of Talakai.

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Apparently the 34-year-old has often been resembled to the singer and even had people singing 'Ordinary People' to him in the hallways at school.

The Voice viewers were also surprised at their uncanny resemblance to one another.

"Even John Legend had to raise his eyebrows on how strikingly he resembled himself," said one person.

The Voice fans urged Talakai and John Legend to do a DNA test. Credits: The Voice/NBC
The Voice fans urged Talakai and John Legend to do a DNA test. Credits: The Voice/NBC
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"Yes, he most definitely looks like John," added another. "He has a beautiful down to earth soulful vocals. Love his soft rich tone."

A third went on to quip: "Wow John Legend auditioned for The Voice? Joking LOL! But Talakai looks exactly like John, and he sounds like him."

Agreeing with Legend that it's rare that someone's so-called doppelgänger actually looks like them, someone else said: "This is a rare time where the look-a-like actually looks like him."

Meanwhile, another person hailed Talakai as Legend's 'long lost brother' and even urged the pair to take a DNA test.

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Reba McEntire also turned round for Talakai, but he obviously went on to choose to be part of team Legend.

John Legend said Talakai was a 'taller and more handsome' version of him. Credits: The Voice/NBC
John Legend said Talakai was a 'taller and more handsome' version of him. Credits: The Voice/NBC

Legend recently returned to The Voice after a brief hiatus.

He took a break for series 23 to focus on his music and his family, but came back for season 24 which returned to screens last month.

Legend shares four kids with wife Chrissy Teigen, with the celebrity pair welcoming their third and fourth children within five months of each other.

Baby Esti was born in January 2023, with little Wren being born via surrogate in June.

Topics: Celebrity, Film and TV, John Legend, Music

Niamh Shackleton
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