This Coach on ‘The Voice’ Turned For Every Artist in the Top 4

The Voice is known for finding and grooming some of the most unique vocalists (albeit a lot of country singers)— those with unimaginable degrees of undiscovered talent who span the globe (as different versions of the show exist in various different countries). 

Throughout the course of a season, fans come to see who has what it takes to win — who can improve, implement the advice they receive, retain what made them interesting from the start, and snag that $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Music Group? Also, which coaches have what it takes to hear talent when it slaps them in the ears, and know when to press that big red button?

The Voice season 17
‘The Voice’ Season 17 Pictured: (l-r) Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend | Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

As the show continues, it becomes more and more obvious which coaches know how to spot and groom talent. As for the former attribute, Blake Shelton has long been hailed as the show’s greatest talent spotter, as he often carries his contestants all the way to the finish (he’s also quite an impeccable mentor, which probably helps). However, based on the artists currently in the top four, it looks like a new coach may be here to steal Shelton’s talent-spotting glory. 

Kelly Clarkson turned for every contestant remaining in season 17 

If you go back and watch the blind auditions for season 17 of The Voice, you will notice that Clarkson turns her chair for every contestant left in the top four: Rose Short, Ricky Duran, Katie Kadan, and her team member Jake Hoot. 

Now, imagine if Clarkson managed to snag all of these contestants? This is not to say that she would have been the best match for each of them; however, multiple contestants in the top four might have been on Team Kelly. So, let’s go through who turned for each contestant and make a little sense of the situation. 

What happened with the top four during the blind auditions for season 17 of ‘The Voice?’

When Katie Kadan and Ricky Duran performed, all four coaches turned their coveted red swivel chairs, and who can blame them? Ricky Duran’s rendition of “River” was soft and heartfelt, while also technically strong. He really proved his chops from the get-go. 

Katie Kadan performed Aretha Franklin’s classic song, “Baby I Love You,” and with a soulful sound, a powerful voice, and a ton of heart belted one incredible performance. Within seconds, Shelton and John Legend both turned. Clarkson turned to realize she had been blocked and then Gwen Stefani spun around. 

As for Jake Hoot, Clarkson was the only coach to spin her chair! And, since he was a country artist, she was very happy Shelton didn’t hit his button, though he teased that he would. Both Clarkson and Stefani turned for Rose Short; however, Legend and Shelton passed on the artist, presumably feeling that she wasn’t a match for their skills, or that she was lacking the “it” factor. When putting it all together, only one coach spun around for every top four contestants in season 17: Kelly Clarkson.