Cleveland native advances on 'The Voice' with team Kelly Clarkson

'The Voice' recap: The blind auditions continue, as Blake Shelton lands the night's biggest artist

Kelly Clarkson has joined Adam Levine, Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton in the red chairs. Clarkson shot down the notion that only Shelton was qualified to handle a country artist, arguing that she's found country success without him. Don't let her inviting smile or laugh fool you: she's a sniper who's been waiting to strike for years, and finally, she's got the intel and know-how to make her move. Or, like Icarus, will she fly too close to the sun and fall? She says she wants to be a positive representation for women. At least, we think that's where she was going with her explanation. We're happy to share.

The Voice season 14 has officially started its blind auditions. Not surprisingly, this self-confessed fan of Clarkson went with the one-time "American Idol" victor over Shelton, despite the latter having won six times so far. We do find it amusing that Kelly doesn't actually mention American Idol by name, as though the show's producers don't want to remind you that the singing show is returning as competition in just a matter of weeks. He became the very first member of Team Alicia.

"I've never been out of the closet when I did country music", he said.

However, his voice is mostly smooth and has a soft rock station-ready jam-band aesthetic that earns button taps from Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, and Adam Levine. She also mentioned that despite Shelton's massive winning streak, she won a competition show similar to The Voice. And among the four, Kelly's got the standout personality, no ifs, ands or buts. Kelly: "People on this show think that if you are country only Blake can help you but that is not true, I have had no help from Blake and I have been successful in country music". Blake Shelton called D.R. King's voice is explosive, but King chose to work with Kelly Clarkson.

The "Voice" season premiere easily dominated the Monday ratings with 12.2 million viewers, according to early Nielsen numbers. They only get one block for the round. In high school, she'd compete in opera competitions in which judges would listen to musical acts from behind a separating partition to avoid favoritism.

Next up, Makenzie Thomas sang "Redbone" by Childish Gambino, but she failed to turn any chairs.

Her unforgettable "Piece by Piece" performance on the final (well.formerly final) season of American Idol trended like a snap bracelet in the '80s. Makenzie performs a rendition of Childish Gambino's "Redbone" - Sadly, none of the judges turn around, with Adam saying some parts of her song got away from her. Alhough Keys tries to make her case to him, LaMarr is won over by Levine, who has mentored three winners to date.

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