‘The Voice’: Full Recap of October 5 Blind Auditions

by Amy Myers

The final round of blind auditions has come to a close, and yet the competition has hardly begun. The Voice judges Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson have officially maxed out their teams with 12 contestants each. Meanwhile, five singers absolutely crush their performances on the stage, each one of them earning an insane amount of praise from the celebrity judges. It seems the talent is stronger than ever before, meaning an especially tough competition lies ahead.

Check out the five final artists that made it to the battle rounds of The Voice.

First up at the microphone was 28-year-old Aaron Hines from San Antonio, Texas. The aspiring artist works as a wedding singer and even studied music in college. Tonight, the vocalist performed “Heartbreak Anniversary,” which was undoubtedly impressive.

However, the judges were hesitant to hit that big red button. Just when we started feeling nervous for the wedding singer, Legend spun his chair, quickly followed by his three fellow The Voice judges. Despite the fact that Hines is a huge fan of Legend, he decides to join Clarkson’s team instead.

Following Hines’ performance was the sister trio from Mississippi, KCK3. From the moment the three women hit their first note, Grande could hardly contain herself. And likewise, the crowd was just as mesmerized.

Appropriately, KCK3 performed a harmonized version of Grande’s hit song “No Tears Left to Cry.” The trio filled the last spot on the pop star’s team, inspiring her to sing a tune of her own before dramatically dropping the mic.

Watch KCK3’s performance below.

One ‘The Voice’ Contestant Has Judges Wishing for an Extra Space on Their Teams

The second half of the episode was no less enthralling than the first. Next on stage was 27-year-old Tommy Edwards, who gave an out-of-this-world rendition of Train’s “Drops of Jupiter.” Originally from Bigfork Montana, the vocalist immediately impressed The Voice judge Shelton with his unique, raspy sound. Edwards’ performance spurs competition between Shelton and Legend. The singer ultimately joined team Shelton, closing out the country star’s team.

Following Edwards was the firecracker of a performer, Shadale, a 29-year-old from Douglasville, Georgia. Shadale hit the stage with a bang with her cover of Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like.” The artist earned herself a quick spin from remaining judges Legend and Clarkson, who immediately recognized her talent.

After her performance, both Shelton and Grande remarked about how they wished they had an extra spot on their team for Shadale. The Voice contestant had a hard time choosing before finally decided to become the last member of Team Legend.

Vying for Clarkson’s last spot was Joe McGinness, a 43-year-old stop-motion animator from Atlanta. Although The Voice judge found his performance of “Midnight Rider” impressive, she opted not to spin her chair. So, next on the stage was 29-year-old Parker McKay from Nashville.

At first, McKay had a slow start to her “Slow Hands” cover, however, she ultimately won over Clarkson’s favor with a spectacular run, closing out the pop star’s team and the blind auditions.

Now, the real work begins.