The four coaches on this season of The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/MT on CTV GO) represent some of the biggest names in music. Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Jennifer Hudson collectively have about a thousand awards (we did a rough count) and have toured the world countless times, playing all together about a zillion shows (again, it’s an estimate). With so many miles on their musical meters, there’s a good chance that each season of The Voice will include a few blasts from their pasts. On Monday’s episode, Kelly and Blake both came face to face with people who should have followed the old adage ‘never meet your heroes.’
Plus, Monday had one of the seasons’ first four chair turns in a must-see performance that included old frenemies teaming up.
DON’T GIVE BLAKE YOUR DEMO
Miami native Erika Zade was full of sass and bravado for her performance of Duo Lipa’s “New Rules,” and the attitude that we loved during her performance continued after the song was over. After scoring a spot on Team Kelly, Erika addressed Blake, telling the country singer that she met him when she was 11-years-old at the CMT Awards. An aspiring musician even back then, Erika gave Blake her demo CD, which he signed and then handed to another fan. In Blake’s own words, “Probably a good chance I had been drinking that day.” Probably.
KELLY ‘KICKS’ CLARKSON
What’s worse? Having a singer you love give away your demo right in front of you, or having a singer you love kick you in the back of the head? It’s a real quandary. For Zaxai, he got a Clarkson kick while working as an usher at Radio City Music Hall. Kelly didn’t believe that she would kick someone and not notice, but we also don’t believe that you ever forget someone kicking you in the head, so we’re siding with Zaxai. In one of the clearest proofs that karma is real, Jennifer used her block on Kelly to secure Zaxai on her team. What a kick in the head, eh Kelly?
None of the coaches had met singer Mike Parker before, but we all kinda felt like we knew him. That’s because the former football player turned construction worker turned newest member of J Hud Productions did an impressive reenactment of Cuba Gooding Jr at the 1997 Academy Awards. Mike’s reaction to receiving a last-minute chair turn from Jennifer was the best celebration a contestant has ever had on The Voice. Ever. In the history of The Voice. That includes people who have won the entire show. We liked Mike’s voice, but after seeing his reaction, we love Mike. This guy is pure joy.
Another contestant that we’re excited to watch bring the joy this season is Colton Smith. It’s not easy being gay anywhere in America, but in Alabama? Brutal. That’s why it was wonderful to not only see how supportive Colton’s family is of his music, but also that he was really good (phew). Adam loved Colton’s vibe and so did we, plus there was some slayage happening with his performance of Sia’s “Alive.” “You gave me life just from you voice,” said Jennifer, who rightfully chastised the other coaches for not turning their chairs. “I love a character.”
TERRIBLE DUO NAME, GREAT COUPLE
We’re not loving OneUp’s band name. Actually, we don’t even like it. But we LOVE Adam and Jerome, with the real-life couple this season’s first and possibly only duo. Earning three chair turns for their performance of “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” (and that was without the judges seeing how cute they are with their Motown moves), Jennifer told them the Lord is going to bless them in a mighty way, Kelly cried over the two men representing the love that is needed right now in the US, and Blake turned first and pointed out that he’s had the most success with duos. Queen Kelly won their vote and we all win for being introduced to the world’s cutest Instagram. They ride bikes together and wear helmets! So ca-hute!
THE FOUR CHAIR TURN
This season hasn’t had many four chair turns, but we got a big one on Monday night care of ‘Country til I die’ singer Kirk Jay. Kirk had one of the stiffest performances of the night, which was odd since he works fulltime as a country singer, but we’re chalking it up to nerves. This show is truly make or break for professional singers. Kirk’s performance of “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascall Flatts was so good that Adam immediately gave up on trying to win Kirk and threw his support behind Blake, earning two kisses from Shelton. Kirk, we’re happy for you and all, but we’re even happier for ourselves for not having to watch Blake and Adam fight this season. Kisses for everyone!
STANDINGS AFTER NIGHT FIVE OF THE BLIND AUDITIONS
Erika Zade – Just Added
OneUp – Just Added
Colton Smith – Just Added
Zaxai – Just Added
Mike Parker – Just Added
Kirk Jay – Just Added
Joey King – Just Added
Natalie Brady – Just Added
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