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The Voice Recap: Talent Continues to Show Up For Season 17 Blind Auditions

This season has more talent than ever before!

Written by Tammy Ragusa
The Voice Recap: Talent Continues to Show Up For Season 17 Blind Auditions
THE VOICE -- "Blind Auditions" Episode 1703 -- Pictured: Mendeleyev -- (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)

We’re deep in the throes of the blind auditions for season 17 of NBC’s The Voice and the teams are filling up quite nicely.

At the start of the third night, Kelly Clarkson was the only coach with a block remaining since coaches John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani had used theirs in the previous two nights of auditions. As the third night of competition commenced, the team counts were as follows:

Team Blake: 3
Team Gwen: 5
Team Kelly: 4
Team Legend: 3

MENDELEYEV (28), Santa Barbara, California – “Girl from the North Country” by Bob Dylan

  • Said that his parents were hippies and his full name is: Mendeleyev Galileo Einstein Pythagoras Darwin Euclid Leonardo Allan-Blitz. His mother passed away a month before auditions.
  • FOUR CHAIR TURN: John, Blake and Kelly turned simultaneously, Gwen turned in last minute.
  • KELLY: “I feel like your voice just sounds like the best glass of Pinot Noir ever.”
  • GWEN: “My favorite part was just watching you feel that moment when the song was done and connecting with the audience because you just looked like, wow, this feels really good.”
  • JOHN: “First of all, I’m not afraid to pronounce your name. What I loved about what you did today was it was unique, it was artistic, no one else is going to do what you did and the way that you did it, and it was a really powerful moment.”
  • BLAKE: “Your voice literally does shake the rafters. That’s what helps to tell a story because those notes don’t just fly past you as a moment. And it’s something that we do or used to do in country music. It’s a lost art.”
  • Picked: TEAM LEGEND

JAKE HOOT (30), Cookeville, Tennessee – “When It Rains It Pours” by Luke Combs

  • Parents were missionaries, has eight siblings. Grew up in the Dominican Republic.
  • CHAIRS: Kelly (threatened Blake – “Don’t you do it!”)
  • KELLY: “I know you probably wanted Blake, but this is a better home, I promise.”
  • GWEN: “What I loved about the performance was just the entrance, it was so electric and loud and powerful. And now that I see you’re gigantic, it makes me sense.” (He’s 6-feet, 6-inches tall)
  • Picked: TEAM KELLY (default)

CALVIN LOCKETT (25), Durham, North Carolina – “Just My Imagination” by The Temptations

  • Parents are pastors. Nervous singing outside the church.
  • CHAIRS: Blake, then Gwen, then John
  • GWEN: “I know that John turned and I always feel threatened by him…”
    KELLY: “She’s not threatened by Blake, apparently.”
  • JOHN: “It was so subtle and so in control, and your tone, I really have never heard anyone sound like you before.”
  • BLAKE: “Everything John said is right. I can’t think of anybody else that sounds like this guy. I got a feeling he’s going to pick you, so let me go a step beyond that. I hope that when this season is over with, that you make a record on that guy right there because I can guarantee you, you can go on to be a star.”
  • Picked: TEAM GWEN

JOSIE JONES (16), Hamilton, Alabama – “Men and Mascara” by Julie Roberts

  • CHAIRS: John, then Blake
  • GWEN: “Do you know who Stevie Nicks is? You sound a lot like her. A little baby one.”
  • JOHN: “Josie, you sound beautiful! Your tone is gorgeous and you just commanded the room with it. And I turned first for you, you might have noticed.”
  • BLAKE: “It’s always exciting to me as the only country coach on this panel to hear a country voice like I never have before…It gets me excited when I see the next generation of country artists that are coming along who honor the traditional sound of country music. I appreciate, as one of the old dudes in country music that’s been around, I literally had my first hit in country music before you were born.”
  • Picked: TEAM BLAKE

JOHNNY SANCHEZ (30), Hollister, California – “Seven Spanish Angels” by Ray Charles and Willie Nelson

  • Has twin boys – Apollo and D’Artagnan
  • NO CHAIRS
  • KELLY: “This is a bummer, we know. I just got a big male vocalist, a country singer on my team and I don’t want to have too many competing sounds. I do think you have an amazingly cool tone.”
  • JOHN: “You have a lot of the tools you need to be a successful singer. I think it’s just going to be a little more confidence, a little more control and you’ll be really great.”
  • BLAKE: “I was close, man. I was close.”

MARYBETH BYRD (18), Armorel, Arkansas – “Angel From Montgomery” by John Prine

  • More people in the audience than live in her hometown.
  • ALL FOUR CHAIRS: Kelly (blocked Blake), then John and Gwen, Blake turned in final seconds – saw Kelly block him
  • BLAKE: “As you can see, I have been blocked from having the opportunity, so I don’t get the chance to beg you to be on my team. Pick Gwen.”
  • JOHN: “I was in love with your voice from the first note you sang.”
  • GWEN: “You could tell that, physically, it feels good to do it because you know that God gave you that gift.”
  • KELLY: “I only have one block the entire season and I chose to block him just in case you were going to go with him.”
  • Picked: TEAM LEGEND

TAMIKA J. (34), Miami, Florida – “You Got Me” by The Roots with Erykah Badu and Eve

  • Behavioral specialist with special needs children, parents are from Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
  • NO CHAIRS
  • GWEN: “The rapping, for me in a blind audition, was challenging. I’m sorry I didn’t turn.”
  • KELLY: “I think you’re fantastic and I feel like you’re probably going to be the one I’m bummed I didn’t turn for.”
  • JOHN: “My concern was, on the singing parts, I didn’t get enough information to know that I could definitely bank on the fact that you were a great singer, but if you came back and just sang or did a little bit of rapping, I could assess that.”

KIARA BROWN (21), Las Vegas, Nevada – “Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty

  • Writes songs with her dad, wrote one about the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting.
  • CHAIRS: Blake, then Gwen
  • BLAKE: “Your voice is so incredible. Hypnotic. And you’re doing it a completely different way than the record. When we can hear that there’s the potential there and the artistry, that’s what they give these (buttons) for.”
  • GWEN: “Blake’s right. There’s so much potential…I love the singer/songwriter side of you.”
  • Picked: TEAM GWEN

MELINDA RODRIGUEZ (23), Los Angeles, California – “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

  • Jazz vocalist, brother has myocarditis and is awaiting a heart transplant.
  • CHAIRS: Gwen and Kelly simultaneously
  • GWEN: “It was very creative, it was very relaxed, and I liked your voice a lot. What I could help you with is more like stage presence.”
  • KELLY: “One of my favorite singers is Eva Cassidy and I just thought it was really, really well done like how she would do it. And I just feel like there’s a melancholy vibe that she has that I find similar listening to your voice…not many singers these days could do what you just did.”
  • Picked: TEAM KELLY

JON RIZZO (34), Oceanside, New York – “Let Her Cry” by Hootie and the Blowfish

  • From a big Italian family, plays in a 90s tribute band.
  • NO CHAIRS
  • JOHN: “Your tone is really nice. It has a weight to it that I think is really good and it takes up a lot of space in the room. My only concern was a little bit on the enunciation side. I like to hear artists that are good at enunciating and storytelling in a way that I can grasp it and it really effectively tells that story.”
  • BLAKE: “It was a little bit too tribute-y, so maybe think about that next time you want to come out here and hopefully you do because you’re a great singer.”

CALI WILSON (28), Salem, Iowa – “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac

  • Kick-boxing instructor, moved to Nashville at 25, mother was a professional singer.
  • CHAIRS: John and Blake simultaneously, then Gwen
  • JOHN: “I turned around for you because your tone is super gorgeous, you have so much control and you just sounded so pure and beautiful down there on those low notes.”
  • GWEN: “It’s really hard to do a song that is that moving and not mess it up. And you not only didn’t mess it up, I was getting lost in it.”
  • BLAKE: “I would be honored to be your coach.”
  • Picked: TEAM ????

Oh no! CLIFFHANGER! Yes, those crafty producers of The Voice left the fate of that final dynamic and talented young singer on the line to be revealed in the fourth installment of this season’s Blind Auditions.