Tuesday was night six of the blind auditions on The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) and that means all four teams were finally filled with 12 singers each. It also means there were some intense moments from coaches Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Adam Levine. Yes, Kelly cried and continued to be the most entertaining person on the show. Get used to that in Season 14.
While each episode of The Voice loves to pack an emotional punch, Tuesday night’s episode did not let up. Like, ever. Each singer had their own story of heartbreak and triumph and at this point, we’re just surprised that Clarkson is the only coach who cries. What’s wrong with the rest of you?!
Let’s revisit some of the most emotional moments from the final night of the blinds.
THE NEW AMERICAN STORY
Song choice is important each week on The Voice, but when it comes to The Blinds, picking a song that will get you on the show is make it or break it. For first-generation Cuban American singer Genesis Diaz, taking on Kesha’s “Praying” was a huge task. But, after hearing Diaz talk about her parents’ struggles after coming to America, including her father building his own boat for the voyage and both parents giving up their dreams to be musicians, picking a song for a reality show suddenly seemed less significant. Coincidentally, “Praying” is a song that always makes us cry, so it was a great lead for Tuesday’s episode.
WHEN ALICIA BROKE KELLY
We would have turned for powerhouse singer Sharane Calister and her performance of Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain” either way, but knowing her backstory made her addition to Team Alicia even sweeter. Growing up with parents who struggled with addiction, Sharane was raised by her grandmother for a short time until her grandmother got sick. Adopted and separated from her twin sister, Sharane didn’t get to reunite with her family for years. Alicia yelled at Kelly to push her button. Kelly cried. We cried. You go, Sharane!
Singer Jackie Verna seemed like she would be the singer with no sad story at the beginning of her video package. She was a cheerleader accepted to her dream school. All good, right? Nope. Then Jackie had a car accident and spent two years suffering from a brain injury. Thankfully, Adam turned his chair and the aspiring/inspiring country singer got a spot on the show.
We really don’t know why none of the judges turned for singer Allen Pride Bowser, but being one of the final contestants in the blind auditions probably didn’t help. Maybe they would have turned if they knew that Bowser’s grandmother, who raised him and instilled his love of music, was currently battling brain cancer. Damn, The Voice. That’s cold.
THAT WAS ME ON MY REALLY GOOD DAYS
For the final audition of the night, Kelly had one spot left to fill and turned her chair for Amber Sauer, the performer with the huge voice. Amber’s story started out happy, with the LA performer talking about the wonderful family who adopted her. But then Amber revealed that she had a full sister who was not given up for adoption, leaving Amber to feel unworthy for most of her life. Damn, Voice. No breaks tonight! Ending on a high note, Amber’s sister was present for her audition, along with Amber’s adoptive father and her really excited friends. Happy tears, everyone!