Contestants really brought their a-game during the third night of Blind Auditions on the 20th season of The Voice on Monday night. And as a result, coaches Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas and John Legend now have six artists on their teams , while Kelly Clarkson has only snagged five singers so far.
Although all of the artists who have landed a spot on the show performed well during their auditions, there was only one singer who managed to get a four-chair turn. There was a heated showdown between Shelton, Jonas, Legend and Clarkson, all of whom were pitching a ton of reasons why the contestant in question should pick them, but it was Shelton who claimed the young country star-in-the-making for Team Blake.
See everyone that made the cut during the third night of Season 20 Blind Auditions on The Voice below.
Alabama native Emma Caroline became the first woman to join Team Blake after she chose the coach over Clarkson on Monday. Caroline swept the coaches away with her “mountain” voice—as Shelton called it—and delivered a beautiful cover of “Slow Burn” by Kacey Musgraves.
The 25-year-old singer said she turned to music to cope with the bullying she experienced as a child. Caroline eventually joined chapel band during high school and went on to become the group’s worship leader. She continued singing throughout college, and though she works as a personal assistant in Nashville, Tennessee, now, she hopes to use her voice to inspire others and create music that will give people hope in moments of adversity.
The coaches couldn’t get enough of 20-year-old Avery Roberson’s deep country voice. As teased up above, he was the only contestant to score a four-chair turn with his effortless cover of Tim McGraw’s “If You’re Reading This.” And while all of the coaches expected him to make the predictable move by choosing Shelton as his coach, that didn’t stop any of them from trying to persuade him to do something unexpected. In the end, Roberson had to go with his gut and selected The Voice ‘s resident cowboy, Shelton.
Music has been a part of Roberson’s life for as long as the North Carolina native can remember. His father was in a country band and his grandfather sang country music, too. He learned to play the guitar as a kid and started performing all over his hometown once he mastered the instrument.
Ryleigh Modig, who grew up performing with her garage band, delivered a chilling rendition of Billie Eilish’s hit song “when the party’s over” during her Blind Audition, and she caught the attention of Jonas and Clarkson. Although Jonas said the 18-year-old Spencer, Massachusetts, resident had “the kind of tone and voice that speaks to [his] soul,” it was Clarkson who gave the winning argument.
“I don’t coach nerves well, but you didn’t come across as nervous. What you came across as—and I do relate to—is you get lost in it. You start singing and it’s almost like you were the character in that movie that you are singing about, and I do that all the time. I cry very easily—everyone knows. And how you sang that song was so unbelievably rad,” Clarskon said.
Clarkson was the only coach to turn for 29-year-old Halley Greg during her cover performance of Nelly Furtado’s “I’m Like a Bird.” The pop star coach thought Greg had a “pure” voice and an artistry comparable to Annie Lennox, which was a touching compliment for Greg, who only decided to pursue music full-time in January 2020.
Greg was a member of musical theater when she was a teen and spent time writing songs while she was in college. But after graduating with a double degree in biology and psychology, the Washington native fully invested herself in a teaching career. It was only in 2019 when she tapped back into music and started singing backup for an artist in Seattle, which ultimately fueled her desires to perform her own music.
Poor Shelton almost had 37-year-old Pia Renee on his roster until Legend turned his chair for the singer during the final second of her performance, during which she offered an energetic cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Master Blaster (Jammin’).”
“America needs to hear someone like you, with so much energy, so much soul. We’re all fortunate that you graced us with your presence. So it would be a lot of fun to work with you,” Legend said.
Renee’s love of soul, funk, R&B and reggae ultimately led her to choose Legend, who will help the mother-of-two get back into the groove of performing. Renee dreamed of becoming a singer but put those aspirations on hold to raise her two children. She started performing again a year ago when she was asked to audition for a commercial and booked the job.
It’s a good thing Legend used his Blocked button on Jonas, otherwise, he may not have had the pleasure of welcoming 20-year-old Ciana Pelekai to his team. A Hawaii native, Pelekai basically grew up on the stage, and it showed in her cool cover of Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey.”
Pelekai started singing at pageants when she was just 4 years old and got her first taste of stardom when one of her singing videos went viral on the internet at age 8. Her personality and skilled performances led her to win the crown of Miss Hawaii Teen America in 2017 and, later that same year, Miss Teen America. Pelekai and her family recently relocated to Las Vegas to help her pursue her music career, which has ultimately led her to The Voice’s stage.
Legend and Clarkson had to battle it out over Durrell, who thoroughly impressed the coaches with his soulful rendition of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” In the end, the 34-year-old singer picked Legend.
Anthony started singing in church when he was a child and continued to focus on music throughout his adolescence. His talent landed him a vocal scholarship, which put him through college. However, weighing 300 pounds, Anthony’s health became a major concern, so he threw his heart into fitness and healthy living and continued to advocate for health as a counselor at a weight-loss summer camp after graduating from college. Now, the San Diego, California, resident is back focusing on music and has since launched a career as a wedding singer.
Legend loved the “range, beautiful riffs and runs” Jose Figueroa displayed during his cover of “At This Moment” by Billy Vera. Jonas thought Figueroa was “unbelievable on that stage” and promised that he wouldn’t be able to sleep if the New York native picked Legend. Jonas must have slept like a baby, because 34-year-old Figueroa opted to go with Team Nick.
Figueroa began singing at church when he was 6 years old and continues to perform all over Florida, where he currently lives and works as a Zumba instructor.
Jonas smashed his buzzer for Massachusetts native Andrew Marshall seconds after the singer let out the first note of his cover of “Gravity” by John Mayer.
“I will tell you one thing that I saw, was every single face on this screen here light up when you came out,” Jonas said. “So to already have that reaction, on top of already having a phenomenal bar opening the song—which made me turn my chair around—I knew you’d be the perfect addition to this team.”
The performance was a full-circle moment for Marshall, who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 16 and managed to meet Mayer during his treatment through the Make-A-Wish program. Mayer helped Marshall tap into his confidence and pushed him to start writing songs. With his cancer now in remission, Marshall has made music his full-time focus. He studies music business at college and performs in his hometown often.
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