As the frenemy feud between The Voice coaches Blake Shelton and newcomer Ariana Grande continues, so too do the blind auditions. Today marked the fifth round of auditions for the season, and the competition between the judges was fierce.
Prior to the latest contestants, both Grande and Shelton held the largest team so far with ten talented singers, following them was John Legend with eight and Kelly Clarkson with six. The judges collectively took seven new contestants from last week’s auditions, including Bella DeNapoli and Janora Brown. Now, as the teams grow bigger, the judges will surely become choosier with their contestants.
Here’s a rundown of who made the cut and who had to return home on tonight’s episode of The Voice.
Right off the bat, we meet Ryleigh Plank, a superfan of Grande’s and Clarkson’s. While performing “Anyone” by Demi Lovato, The Voice contestant managed to turn the chairs of both of her childhood idols before ultimately deciding to join team Ari.
Next up to the microphone was Manny Keith, a fellow fan of Grande. In honor of his late mother who passed away from cancer, Keith sang his rendition of “Break My Heart” by Dua Lipa. While The Voice contestant couldn’t get Grande to turn her chair around, he did manage to impress Shelton, instead. After his performance, Keith shared his admiration of Grande, and in response, the mega-pop star promised to steal him to her team in a later round, concluding the first half of the epic episode.
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Former boy band member Austin Percario then entered the stage, hoping to win judges over with his cover of Niall Horan’s “This Town.” Unfortunately for The Voice contestant, he seemed too nervous at the microphone, and none of the four judges spun their chairs. During their critiques, the judges agreed that Percario had potential but needed to work on a few key aspects.
Once their chairs turned back around, KJ Jennings walked onto the set. A singer from a young age, Jennings decided to perform a song that she and her mother would sing all the time – “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae. This time, Legend and Shelton spun their chairs for the songstress while Grande and Clarkson sat this one out. After the two judges gave their feedback, The Voice contestant excitedly chose Legend to join.
Finally, ending the talent-packed episode were contestants Sabrina Dias and Xavier Cornell. Dias performed “Garota de Ipanema” and spun Legend’s chair with her version of the Portuguese song. Meanwhile, Cornell sang “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry, earning himself a spot on Clarkson’s team as well as praise from the other three judges.