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‘The Voice’ Recap: The Blind Auditions Continue With A SHOCKING Four-Chair Turn

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

The Voice Season 17 continued this week with more amazing blind auditions. The coaches continued to fill up their teams, and Kelly Clarkson finally used her block. That means the coaches have no more blocks for the rest of the auditions.


There were three four-chair turns in Monday and Tuesday’s episodes. One of those auditions was especially shocking, as the judges couldn’t believe who they were looking at when they turned around. Check out which artists made it onto the coaches’ teams below.

Mendeleyev (Team John)

This singer and guitarist recently lost his mother to cancer. In his blind audition, he performed Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country.” John Legend, Blake Shelton, and Kelly Clarkson all turned around at once. Gwen Stefani eventually joined them. Kelly got so caught up in praising him that she forgot to ask his name. He chose to join Team John.

Jake Hoot (Team Kelly)

This son of missionaries grew up in the Dominican Republic. He spoke emotionally about his daughter before performing “When It Rains It Pours” by Luke Combs. Kelly was the only coach to turn around, and she was shocked that Blake didn’t turn. That was lucky, considering she didn’t use her block.


Calvin Lockett (Team Gwen)

This pastor’s kid has been performing in the church all his life, but hopes to become a “secular singer.” He performed “Just My Imagination” by the Temptations, and turned Blake, John, and Gwen’s chairs. John said he loved Calvin’s “subtle” version of the song, saying no one sounds like him. Everyone thought Calvin would pick John, but he ended up picking Gwen.

Josie Jones (Team Blake)

This 16-year-old spoke of her love of country music. She auditioned with “Men & Mascara” by Julie Roberts. The performance turned both John and Blake’s chairs. John jokingly called Blake his “nemesis.” Blake made his case by saying “the tradition of country music is important” to him. Josie chose to join Team Blake.

Marybeth Byrd (Team John)

This 18-year-old food truck worker lives in a small town and writes her own music on the piano. For her audition, she performed Bonnie Raitt and John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery.” Kelly, John, and Gwen turned around almost immediately. Blake turned at the last second, but Kelly blocked him. However, Marybeth chose Team John.


Kiara Brown (Team Gwen)

This Las Vegas resident has been singing since she was a kid, and gets her love of music from her dad. She performed “Free Fallin'” by Tom Petty. Blake and Gwen both turned their chairs for her. Gwen said she likes Kiara’s singer-songwriter vibes, and Kiara chose to join her team.

Melinda Rodriguez (Team Kelly)

Melinda is pursuing a masters in jazz vocal performance. She spoke about her brother needing a heart transplant. She sang “What a Wonderful World” in the style of Eva Cassidy. Kelly and Gwen turned almost immediately. Gwen called her “creative” and said she could help with “stage presence.” Kelly mentioned Eva Cassidy in her critique. Melinda joined Team Kelly.

Cali Wilson (Team Blake)

This boxing instructor moved to Nashville to become a singer. She sang “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac for her blind audition. Blake, John, and Gwen all turned for her. Gwen said she got “lost” in her performance, while Blake focused on Cali’s hometown of Salem, Iowa. It apparently worked, because she chose Team Blake.

Injoy Fountain (Team Kelly)

This single mother said auditioning for The Voice is the most important thing she’ll ever do. She performed Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” for her blind audition. She had Kelly up and dancing, and it was enough to turn her chair, as well as Gwen’s. Kelly called it her “jam,” and Gwen called it a bold choice of song. Injoy chose Team Kelly.

Jordan Chase (Team Blake)

This 19-year-old Hurricane Katrina survivor performed “Makin’ Me Look Good Again” by Drake White. Blake turned his chair toward the end of the song, and Gwen joined him at the last second, saying, “I like fighting with you.” Blake joked that he would “pay for this later” from Gwen. Jordan chose Team Blake.

Dane & Stephanie (Team John)

These twins have been singing together since they were kids. Dane is transgender, and his voice is still changing from hormones. They performed “Angela” by the Lumineers. Both John and Blake turned their chairs. John said he loved their harmonies, while Blake pointed out that he’s brought a duo to the finale. The pair chose John.

James Violet (Team Gwen)

This songwriter moved to Los Angeles after high school, and spent his time busking. He’s since returned to his home stage of Utah. He performed “Sweet Creature” by Harry Styles. Kelly turned around almost immediately, and Blake and Gwen joined her later. Kelly said James’ voice has a “glass of wine vibe.” However, he chose Team Gwen.

Preston C. Howell (Team John)

Believe it or not, this singer is only 14 years old. He grew up on artists like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, thanks to his dad. He performed “Dream a Little Dream of Me” for his audition Preston turned all four chairs, and the coaches couldn’t believe how young he was. Kelly praised him for not imitating anyone, and Gwen actually sang at him. However, he chose to join Team John.

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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