‘Voice’ contestant with ‘unique look’ makes Ariana Grande cry: ‘I’m drowning’

When 30-year-old autism caregiver, mother, and part-time background singer Holly Forbes tried out for The voice Season 21 On Monday, in the last slot of the episode, he stated, “This show is really special as it focuses so much on how sound. That’s something important, because I have a unique look and a unique voice. “

Holly lost her hair in patches as a child, a side effect of her seizure medication, and turned to music as a way to deal with feeling different and excluded. Now she shaves her entire head and owns her looks … and she owned the stage Monday during her bluesy and sassy rendition of Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” Her performance was brimming with raw passion, but she really got emotional when all four coaches turned to her, breaking down in tears and admitting, “I’m a crybaby. I’m a big crybaby! ”

However, it was new coach Ariana Grande who really cried Monday, her eyes filling with tears as Holly hit a particularly stratospheric note of power.

“That was incredibly moving. I am drowning beyondAriana exclaimed. “Every second was very emotionally charged. I respect and admire you very much, and I would love to work with you. “

Ariana was so eager to work with Holly that she “maliciously repressed” her fellow trainer John Legend (her biggest rival on the panel as they have very similar tastes in contestants), using her block of the season on him. “My finger on the trigger has been very fast today, because I know the Lock is coming,” John had brazenly announced earlier, when Ariana had tried to Lock him out of recruiting another contestant, but hadn’t pressed his button fast enough. . (According to the rules, the Block must be used in a coach before he or she turns around.) For Holly, however, Ariana was excited enough to be much faster in the draw.

Ariana Grande reacts to Holly Forbes' powerful performance on 'The Voice'.  (Photo: NBC)

Ariana Grande reacts to Holly Forbes’ powerful performance on ‘The Voice’. (Photo: NBC)

That said, Holly still had Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton, the current two coaches with the best overall records, to choose from. And… well, we’ll have to wait until Tuesday’s episode to find out which team he joined, as Monday’s episode of Blind Auditions ended on a weird (and annoying) suspense. If Holly doesn’t join Team Ariana, Ariana might cry again on Tuesday and it won’t be happy tears. But regardless of which coach Holly chooses, her coach will most likely take her all the way, because she is exactly what The voice is about.

Holly Forbes (Photo: Tyler Golden / NBC)

Holly Forbes (Photo: Tyler Golden / NBC)

These were the other less dramatic auditions on Monday night:

Raquel Trinidad, 23: “I wish”

This hippie girl (and former top 20 contestant on american idol Season 17) had a big and sassy personality. Kelly called her a native “cheerleader.” But I don’t know if this Stevie Wonder song was the right choice for Raquel; Stevie’s songs always sound like a wedding band when sung by someone other than Stevie himself. But the trainers loved her playful, feminine update on an old-school sound. “Your voice is like fresh air. … Your voice sounds like it’s from the 60s, but at the same time today, ”observed Ariana. John loved Raquel’s “super moving races,” and Kelly gushed, “I don’t know if I’ve ever heard someone run as fast as you. Your runs were so fast, sharp and clean it was crazy. “

Who turned? John, Ariana and Kelly.

Outcome: Ariana team. Kelly did rave about high praise, but as John pointed out, Ariana’s influence was very evident in Raquel’s performance early on, so this was a done deal.

The Joy Reunion, “Boondocks”

The second trio to try this season, these middle-aged lifetimes are still waiting for their big break and waiting The voice it will finally give you the opportunity that has eluded you for a long time. Maybe good things will come to those who wait, because Joy Reunion arrived in season 21 very ready for prime time. They displayed understated harmonies, a natural relationship, and a polished, professional stage act worthy of CMT. True to their band’s name, they simply exuded joy on stage.

Who turned? John and Blake, but no Kelly, because she already has a folk trio on her team, Girl Named Tom.

Outcome: Team Blake, unsurprisingly. “It’s really nice that John thought he had a chance,” Blake laughed.

Hailey Mia, 13: “You broke me first”

This was a very relevant, fresh and modern rendition of Tate McRae’s soulful indie ballad, delivered with a soul and range that completely belied Hailey’s 13 years. Yes, that is correct: thirteen! “I realized you were young, but I didn’t think is young ”, gasped Ariana, who described Hailey’s voice almost too big for her body as“ phenomenal ”and“ spectacular ”, equally astonished Kelly said: is young and have that kind of gift? … I love that you have the power to girdle, but you also have that control that you needed in verse. You can really sing whatever you want with that kind of power. “Blake even predicted that Hailey could be the youngest singer to win. The voice.

Who turned? Resident pop divas Ariana and Kelly.

Outcome: Ariana team. Once again, Kelly made a convincing and aggressive pitch, but couldn’t quite compete with the brilliant new pop coach on the panel.

Jeremy Rosado, 29: “Here Comes Goodbye”

Jeremy was the second ex-american idol contestant auditioning on Monday, and the second whose Idol the past, of course, was not mentioned at all. Jeremy went even further than Raquel in Idol – up to 11th in season 13 – and I remember him as one of the top favorites. He later put his music career on hold when he legally adopted his biological niece seven years ago, and while his Rascal Flatts cover (which, fun fact!) Was co-written by another Idol alumnus Chris Sligh from season 6) wasn’t perfect this week, creatively making the song his own, adding a touch of R&B to his expressive and choppy delivery. “That’s what we do at Team Kelly, because that’s what I love to do personally,” said Kelly, who praised Jeremy’s “overwhelming talent” and emphasized, “I’d go for the excitement on the pitch, all the time.” .

Who turned? Kelly and Blake.

Outcome: Team Kelly, of course. It’s about a Idol mini reunion!

Carson Peters, 17: “Tulsa Time”

A farmer known as “Fiddle Boy”, this prodigy was playing in Tonight’s show and with bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs on the Grand Ole Opry when he was just 7 years old. Skaggs even sent Carson a video chat message of encouragement / good luck before his Voice hearing. But this charming teenager now wants to prove that he is more than just a “Fiddle Boy,” so he performed on Monday with an acoustic guitar and focused on what Kelly called his “authentically country” voice.

Who turned? All four coaches, which surprised me a bit. I thought Carson has a solid voice, yes, but hardly worth four chairs.

Outcome: Team Blake, of course. John and Ariana noted that they had “open lanes” for a country artist on their respective teams, and Carson had even once expressed his desire to join Team Ariana. But he was understandably persuaded to sign for the most experienced coach in the country. “Let’s not play with what this opportunity is for you. Let’s get this right, ”Blake advised.

Keilah Grace, 15 years: “Never part us”

This pint-sized potency intrigued me. It was sweet, but with an edge (when John compared Keilah to Olivia Newton-John, Kelly noted that Keilah was much “darker than that”), and she stomped the stage with attitude as she uttered this theatrical, tearful voice. I appreciated his unique mix of operatic acrobatics and rock ‘n’ roll grunts. (How do all these great voices end up in such small bodies?) “What a journey you made us vocally. Your voice has a lot of energy. It just radiates from the stage, ”John enthused. Kelly called her a “little rock star.”

Who turned? Kelly, John and Ariana.

Outcome: Team legend. John was pleasantly surprised, as was I. I thought Keilah would go with former teen star and also actress Ariana. But I do think John will do a great job with this heartwarming child.

Samara Brown, 32 years old: “Sweet Thing”

Samara’s sister is Amanda Brown, who completed the The voice Season 3 and nine years later still ranks as one of the best Voice contestants of all time. I’m not sure if Samara is on Amanda’s level, but she’s definitely one of the best contestants this season so far. Their rendition of Rufus & Chaka Khan’s slow-jam got off to a slow start, but then masterfully increased in intensity, finally inspiring Ariana to yell, “OMG!” and prostrate on the ground. “You killed him,” John declared.

Who turned? John and Ariana. Ariana, the rookie, actually tried to block John, but she just didn’t press her button fast enough so this was the one that got away.

Outcome: Team Legend, much to Ariana’s chagrin. Maybe that was a blessing in disguise, because then Ariana still had her Block in play when Holly showed up. But we’ll have to wait until Tuesday to find out whether or not Ariana wasted that Block. Until then.

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