‘The Voice’ Recap: The Coaches Get Picky As The Blind Auditions Continue
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The Voice Season 17 continued for a third week of memorable blind auditions. The coaches’ teams are filling up fast, and they only had a few spots left to fill going into this week’s shows. That means they got much pickier about who they turned around for.
Still, this week’s episodes featured two four-chair turns from some amazing artists. Watch all of Monday and Tuesday’s performances below, and find out which artists joined which teams. Next week marks the final episode of blind auditions, so get ready.
Joana Martinez (Team Blake)
This 15-year-old won “Most Likely to Win The Voice” in eighth grade. She performed “Call Out My Name” by The Weeknd. Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, and Kelly Clarkson turned around. They couldn’t believe how young she is. John Legend called it a “near perfect” performance, and Blake argued that it was perfect. Joana chose to join Team Blake.
Brooke Stephenson (Team Kelly)
This singer from a small town considers herself “Americana” in genre. She performed “Let Him Fly” by Patty Griffin. Kelly, Gwen, and Blake turned around for her. Kelly said she would “challenge” Brooke, while Blake said she and Gwen would “experiment” on her. She chose Team Kelly.
Zach Bridges (Team Blake)
This X-ray technician only started playing music about eight years ago. He performed Blake Shelton’s “Ol’ Red,” and got Blake himself to turn around. Gwen turned around shortly thereafter, saying she wanted to fight with him. Blake told Zach the story behind the song, and he chose to join his team.
Elliemae (Team Blake)
This young singer grew up on a dairy farm. She performed “Merry Go ‘Round” by Kacey Musgraves, and turned Blake’s chair. None of the other coaches turned around, so Elliemae automatically joined his team.
Jessie Lawrence (Team Gwen)
This singer grew up in group homes and calls performing his “outlet.” He performed “All or Nothing” by O-Town. Gwen turned around for him. None of the other coaches turned, so he automatically joined her team. She called his voice “genuine.”
Brennen Henson (Team Gwen)
This young singer is from Flint, Michigan. He said he wants to bring a “positive light” to his hometown. He performed “Riptide” by Vance Joy on the guitar. Gwen turned around, and Blake joined her at the last second. Gwen said his voice has “character.” Brennen chose to join Team Gwen.
Jared Herzog (Team John)
This singer’s girlfriend is a huge Voice fan, so he auditioned as a Valentine’s Day present. He sang “Speechless” by Dan + Shay. Blake, John, and Gwen all turned around. John said he took the audience “on a journey.” Jared chose Team John.
Lauren Hall (Team Kelly)
This singer has been auditioning for The Voice for seven years, and finally made it past the open calls. She performed “One and Only” by Adele. Kelly turned around almost immediately. Since no one else turned, Lauren automatically joined Kelly’s team. Gwen actually said she sounded like Kelly.
Matt New (Team John)
This singer gave up music when he married his teenage girlfriend after she got pregnant. He performed “Sunflower” by Post Malone. Kelly and Gwen both turned around, and John joined them at the last minute. Gwen said she could hear various genres in his voice. Matt consulted his family before choosing Team John.
Ricky Duran (Team Blake)
This singer wants to live out his immigrant parents’ dream for him. His father died by suicide when Ricky was 22, and his mother died of illness last year. He performed “River” by Leon Bridges. All four coaches turned around and gave him a standing ovation. Ricky chose to join Team Blake.
Myracle Holloway (Team Gwen)
This 44-year-old singer wants to prove that “age is nothing but a number.” She performed Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man.” Blake and Gwen both turned their chairs. Blake said her voice “sounds like you’re just about to lose it,” which he called “a gift.” Myracle chose to join Team Gwen.
Ricky Braddy (Team Blake)
This singer grew up singing in church, and recently came out as gay. He performed “The Story” by Brandi Carlile. Blake, John, and Gwen turned their chairs for him. Gwen said she wanted him for the final spot on her team. However, Ricky chose to join Team Blake.
Damali (Team Kelly)
This singer attends a military high school, which doesn’t have a music program. She has a studio in her room at home. She performed “Ocean Eyes” by Billie Eilish, and got Kelly to turn for her at the last minute. Kelly said she wanted to stop the others from turning to compete with her.
Steve Knill (Team Kelly)
This singer performed Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain,” and got Kelly to turn around. Steve said Kelly’s version of the song was his favorite. She complimented his falsetto and his range. Steve said Kelly was his first choice as a coach, so it worked out.
Destiny Rayne (Team John)
This young singer just moved to Nashville to pursue music, and she also recently got engaged. She performed Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love.” John and Gwen both turned around for her. Gwen complimented Destiny’s ability to feel the lyrics. Destiny chose to join Team John.
Khalea Lynee (Team John)
This single mom channeled her divorce experience into writing and performing music. She sang “Best Part” by Daniel Caesar. She turned all four chairs. “Your tone is so beautiful,” John told her. Gwen and Khalea bonded over their love of Anita Baker, while John serenaded her. Khalea chose to join Team John.