Tuesday marked the sixth and final night of blind auditions at the NBC singing competition, and Clarkson, along with the rest of the coaches, was super selective with last place on their teams of twelve singers.
“At this point in time, I’ve pretty much filled out my team and I’d like to have it rounded out by someone I feel really confident in,” Clarkson said. “I’m actually reserving this last spot for someone who I think is really passionate and is craving this opportunity.”
She said, “I’m not going to turn until I’m completely shaken.”
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“American Idol” alum Parker resonated with McKay’s funny rendition of Niall Horan’s “Slow Hands,” but Clarkson wasn’t aware of the emotional moments leading up to McKay’s audition.
“I lost my mom to dementia this week. I’m really grateful for the shot,” McKay said in tears while embracing Clarkson, who used his last spot for her. “I’m emotional.”
“Oh my god, I’m so sorry,” Clarkson said.
“In the Blinds, we don’t get the whole story,” Clarkson said. “I was really happy that I got inspired to hang out because sometimes in life when it rains and you need a break in the storm. I’m really glad he’s on my team. I’m gonna cry I am not.”
McKay said her mother was diagnosed five years ago with frontotemporal dementia, a group of unusual brain disorders that affect the part of the brain associated with personality, behavior and language. Mayo Clinic.
“My mom started acting very differently and wasn’t acting like my mom,” McKay explained ahead of her performance. “She didn’t really exist until I sang for her.”
The 29-year-old said her mother died the day before she went to audition for “The Voice”, which was also the day before her mother’s birthday.
“I was very lucky because both my dad and I were holding his hand by his side until he breathed his last,” she said. “I can’t believe I would have played this role without him.”
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Earlier in the night, Grande filled her team with sister trio KCK3 for the first time on “The Voice”. The group caught the coach’s attention with their astonishing harmonies on their “No Tears to Cry”.
“It’s the best job I’ve ever done,” Grande told Shelton, Legend, and Clarkson. Clarkson said: “I think there’s a clear reason why none of us turned up here.”
Legend finalized his team with Shadale after a performance of Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like”. Legend said that he “singed his butt” and “should have made it to the finale.”
Shelton’s team was completed by Tommy Edwards, who sang a scintillating rendition of Train’s “Drops of Jupiter”. The reigning champion said, “I’ve had a lot of success with rock artists. Let’s do it Tommy.”
The Battle Round begins on “The Voice” on Monday.