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‘The Voice’ Recap: Gwen Stefani BLOCKS Reba McEntire, Earns Insane Vocalist

Reba McEntire, Niall Horan, Gwen Stefani, and John Legend for 'The Voice' season 23 blind auditionsPhoto by: Greg Gayne/NBC

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Following Monday night’s exciting episode of The Voice, which featured two blocks, the show returned with another set of auditions. The 2-hour episode was definitely worth-watching, since there was multiple four-chair turn auditions, and even a block!

The Episode Begins With a Four-Chair Turn

The episode began with 20 year old, Laura Williams. After a lengthy introduction video talking about the singer’s background, she impressed with “Fingers Crossed” by Lauren Spencer-Smith.

Gwen Stefani and Niall Horan were the first coaches to turn for the 20 year old. Soon after, Reba McEntire and John Legend turned their chairs for her. While receiving notes from the coaches, Laura admitted that she’s never performed a gig before the show.

In the end, Laura decided to join Team Niall. The other coaches were so jealous of Laura’s Directioner status, since they all wanted her on their team.

Gwen Stefani Blocks Reba McEntire

Later in the episode, Jason Arcilla came to the stage singing “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac. Fans were able to listen to Jason’s audition like the coaches, since they didn’t reveal his identity until the end.

Based on the singer’s vocal range, the coaches assumed this was a female performer. Coaches were absolutely shocked to learn that this male performer just has an insanely high vocal range. Stefani was the first, and consequently only coach to turn for Jason, since she blocked McEntire.

This was clearly a solid win for Stefani, since she celebrated after the fact. McEntire, on the other hand, was shocked that Stefani would “do such a thing.”

Young Hawaiian Singer Turns Four Chairs, Picks Team Legend

Elsewhere in the episode, yet another young singer took the stage. Kaylee Shimizu performed “Golden Slumbers” by The Beatles and quickly turned all of the coaches’ chairs.

Her version of the hit song featured multiple complementary vocal range tweaks. This singer was somewhat unique, since she admitted that her family typically sings together. Following her discussion of family, McEntire explained that she was apart of a family group and was even on Broadway with them.

Although Kaylee could’ve connected with McEntire in that aspect, she went a different direction for her coach. In turn, she picked Team Legend.

The Final Singer of The Episode Earns a Four-Chair Turn

Tonight’s episode ended with country singer Jacquie Roar, who sang Gretchen Wilson’s “Here for the Party.” The singer started off the performance with a roar, but it wasn’t until she sustained a note that a coach turned their chair for her.

The coaches were insanely impressed with 37 year old country/rock vocalist. Each of the coaches complimented the singer, especially her vocals and beautiful rasp. Instead of explaining why they’d be the right coach for Jacquie, each coach more or less tried to convince the singer to pick someone other than McEntire.


In the end, Jacquie had her daughter pick her Team. Jacquie is now apart of Team Gwen.

The Voice returns to NBC on Monday, October 9 at 8 p.m. ET. The show will then air another 2-hour episode on Tuesday, October 10, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

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