It’s time to get out the dictionary “Sound.”
Kelly Clarkson has the gift of gab, which comes in handy when trying to land singers on her team, and there’s one word she particularly likes to use: “to navigate.”
Clarkson uses “navigate” so much that Blake Shelton and newcomer Ariana Grande started their own drinking game on Monday during the fifth night of the blind auditions, popping up their mugs every time she uttered the word. Shakes it.
“Blake and Ariana have decided that Kelly says ‘navigate’ a lot and they’ve started a little clinking game,” John Legend explained. “I think Kelly is trying to find her way into a thesaurus.”
Clarkson retorted: “That’s the word you use… OK, I’ll look up some synonyms for ‘navigate.’ What am I supposed to do? Foolish it? Read a book!”
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But Clarkson stuck to his guns.
“I think your voice is incredible and I have navigate Before a competition,” Clarkson told Rayleigh Plank after an emotional rendition of Demi Lovato’s “Anyone.”
As Shelton and Grande clinched mug Clarkson put it, “they have to be happy every time I say ‘navigated’.”
Grande also turned her chair for Plank. She said the 20-year-old’s performance “brought to tears. I was recovering. I felt it so deeply. It was so beautiful, I can tell you were singing from a really real place.” They even bonded when they were Florida natives.
“I’ve been to Florida and made an awesome movie in Florida,” Clarkson said, referring to 2003’s “From Justin to Kelly.” Grande objected, “That movie was iconic.”
Clarkson’s infamous pitch failed him as Plank joined Team Grande.
However, that didn’t discourage Clarkson from using the same exact pitch after Brittany Brie’s powerful rendition of “Call Out My Name” from The Weeknd.
you guessed it. “I know how to navigate a competition. I’ve won this show before,” Clarkson said on a four-chair turn. But last original coach Shelton said he “has been here forever and I’m not sure how much these other guys know about the competition.”
Shelton said Clarkson “left his home state[of Texas]and family.” He added that Legend “grew up singing in church and he probably hasn’t been in a church in (more) 30 years now.” Shelton said that Grande “might be the greatest coach ever on The Voice, but she could be the worst.”
Despite the character assassination, Brie chose the legend: “I feel myself today.”
Clarkson wasn’t the only one who needed to pick up a dictionary on Monday.
Shelton told Grande that he was “overjoyed” and “proud” to land 16-year-old Sophia Bromberg over Legend and Clarkson after a teen rendition of Conan Gray’s “Heather.” He continued, “It’s like watching one of my kids graduate from high school.”
Grande said Shelton can be “so charming and baby” at the same time.
“What does infanticide mean?” Shelton asked. Grande explained that it meant “disrespectful” and “condescending”.
Final Night of the Blind Auditions “The Voice” airs again on Tuesday (NBC, 8 EDT/PDT).