‘I just can’t believe I have to do this without her’

Tuesday was the closing night of Blind Auditions for The voice Season 21, so the coaches were understandably picky. “I’m not going to spin unless I’m absolutely thrilled,” warned Kelly Clarkson, who ended up being the last coach to fill her team with the episode’s final contestant, country/soul/pop Nashville artist Parker McKay. “Welcome to the obvious team for you!” she joked cheerfully when she heard of Parker’s genre blur.

But Kelly was moved by Parker’s voice alone, learning alone from the 29-year-old singer’s heartbreaking backstory in the final seconds of the episode. “Sometimes on the Blinds we don’t understand the whole story. But I was really glad I was moved enough to turn around, because sometimes in life, when it rains, it pours, and you just need a break from the storm,’ Kelly mused later.

Before taking the stage in a sparkly flamingo-pink suit to confidently sing Niall Horan’s soulful “Slow Hands,” Parker revealed the sad story of her beloved mother, her No. 1 fan and best friend, who started acting five years ago. unlike herself and was eventually diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. “Her fire was just dwindling,” Parker recalled tearfully. However, when Parker recently shared the happy news with her mother that she was going to continue… The voiceher mother lit up with excitement—and for a moment a spark of that old fire returned.

Tragically, Parker’s mother died Turn right before Parker went to her audition, the day before what would have been her mother’s birthday. As Parker prepared to sing for the coaches on Tuesday, she lamented, “She gave me my love for music and she gave me my courage, and I just can’t believe I’m doing this without her.” But Parker’s father, who watched the audition remotely and gave his daughter a pep talk for the show via a video screen, told her: “She’s looking down on us and I think it’s time you showed the world – and her. how wonderful you can be.”

It was only after Parker successfully landed on Team Kelly and her new coach took the stage to share a congratulatory hug that Parker told Kelly about her mother’s death, saying she was “just really grateful” for the chance to see her mother. to make you proud. “I am not going to cry,” the typically clingy Kelly swore, later looking back on this sweet, unscripted moment.

Parker was the final audition for next week’s Battle Rounds, and she brought the Blinds to an emotional end. But Blake Shelton, new coach Ariana Grande and John Legend all filled their teams as well – and John took not only the best competitor of the night, but also one of the best of the entire season. Watch those performances below:

Aaron Hines, 28: “Birthday With Heartache”

The church-trained wedding singer’s first public appearance was “Ordinary People” at a 8th grade talent show, and when he told John that he covers “All of Me” at many weddings, the two men performed an impromptu “All of Me” I. duet. But John wasn’t the only coach to turn away from Aaron’s buttery smooth, made-for-slow-jams voice. Aaron’s fellow Texan Kelly told him, “A lot of people think you should wail. I think you’re really good.” did a job by being sincere and intimate, but also giving us big notes.” Ariana praised his “super-clean” runs, saying: “Your tone stopped me dead in my tracks. Blake played the Cam Anthony card and pointed out that he won last season with a soul singer. But John was so sure that he had these in the bag, he kept his comments short and sweet and said to Aaron, “You just sounded like you knew what you wanted to do with the song. … You performed it beautifully,” before the other coaches got to most of it. were word.

Who turned around? All four coaches – a particularly big problem as all their teams were almost full.

Result: Team Kelly! I guess John shouldn’t have been so confident after all. Texas waters run deep.

KCK3: “No more tears to cry”

Season 21 is the most group heavy vote season ever, with a record number of trios. This sibling immediately caught Ariana’s attention with their song choice (although, oddly, she claimed she didn’t recognize it as her own song at first). Ariana literally screamed, then jumped out of her chair and started dancing vigorously. But I think she was more excited by the idea of KCK3 than by their actual performance. They had some lovely harmonies and a fiery, En Vogue-esque presence on stage, but as is the case with many groups on this show, their solos were flawed and unimpressive.

Who turned around? Just Ariana. “I think there’s an obvious reason none of us turned around,” Kelly chuckled.

Result: Team Ariana.

Tommy Edwards, 27: “Drops of Jupiter”

I am genuinely surprised that this fisherman/family man turned around two seats at a point in the competition. He went with a very big and boisterous song, and his feathery voice had… no from Train frontman Pat Monahan’s Wind Power or Evangelical episode. Kelly admitted she wasn’t spinning because “she was waiting for more reach.” I think she made the right decision.

Who turned around? Jan and Blake.

Result: Team Blake.

Shadale, 29: “I like that”

A corporate band singer who toured the world with a group called the Gospel People, this dynamite diva took the stage with poise, professionalism and singing, vocal, singing worthy of a J.Hud shoe throw. Even with their backs to her, the coaches could tell right away that this was a vibrant performer of all the personality in her delivery. But their backs were not long turned. “I felt like I was watching a mix of Bruno and Beyoncé – sassy and confident, but also a little witty. I think you’re going to love watching this show,” Kelly said. Not only did you sing your ass off, but you came here and put a show. … I see you can make it to the final”, John exulted.

Who turned around? kelly, all quickly, followed by John just seconds later. But as Blake noted, Shadale got the “equivalent of a four-seat turn” as he and Ariana would have completely pressed their buttons if their respective teams weren’t already full. Ariana called Shadale an “amazing vocal technician” and went crazy for her “sustained, pure, beautiful vibrato notes”.

Result: team legend. John really saved the best for last.

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