The Voice Season 13, Episode 5: Blind auditions, recap, updates (October 9, 2017)

In The Voice, Season 13, Episode 5, contestants were back at it during the blind audition. It’s down to the wire as the judges are making their final selections to round off their teams before the battle rounds begin.

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The Voice, Season 13: How to watch, TV info

Schedule: 8 p.m. EST | NBC
Host: Carson Daly
Coaches: Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Blake Shelton

Singers aged 15 and above of varying genres including country, pop, folk and soul go through blind auditions, battle rounds, knockout rounds and a selection of the top 20 for the live playoffs.

The Voice Season 13, Episode 5

Chloe Kohanski

Chloe thought she was destined to be an English teacher, but halfway through college, she couldn’t resist her passion for music. When she told her parents, they tried to talk her out of it but supported her decision to ditch her undergraduate studies. After joining a band and flying solo for a bit, she made her way to The Voice stage. She said, “I need someone to believe I can do this.” That’s exactly what the judges believed, because Miley, Jennifer and Blake fought for her. It was a tough battle, but Chloe chose Miley, who happens to be one of her idols.

Olivia May

Olivia graced the show as one of the youngest contestants on the show at 13. She’s been singing since she was very young and gained some popularity when she posted a viral video of her singing Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” As an Oklahoma native, she even performed for Blake a few years ago when he was being inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. The 4’11 girl with the big chops took the stage fearlessly, but the judges thought she needed a little bit more growth and development. Neither coach turned their chairs but encouraged her to keep training.

Dennis Drummond

Standing at 6’8, Dennis has had a passion for music since he was young. He took his talents to the Berkelee School of Music in Boston, and when he graduated, he packed his bags and moved to Nashville for a better chance at stardom. He found some of that star power when he landed a gig as a guitarist with Adam Wakefield, a former The Voice contestant from season 10. Now Dennis is ready to step out into his own. He graced the floor with his guitar and belted out a tune that led Adam to turn his chair immediately. Blake joined him soonafter and won the bid to get Dennis on his team.

Ignatious Carmouche

Ignatious made The Voice history when he became the first winner of the show’s Snapchat contest. His submission beat out 20,000 others. As the winner, he got to fly out to Los Angeles, work one-on-one with Adam and have a chance at the blind auditions. The minister and musician said he had a lot to prove in front of the judges, and they were all easily impressed by his beautiful control and flawless falsetto. Although Adam didn’t turn around, he recognized him immediately, leaving Jennifer and Blake to duke it out. Jennifer said she felt Ignatious was singing to her heart, and he replied, “I was.” In the end, J Hud snagged the starlet.

Rebecca Brunner

Rebecca is from a small town in Michigan but has big city dreams. She’s been singing since age 5, and when she got older, she moved to Chicago. Doubling as a nanny by day and singer by night, she’s ready to hold down just one job. She went before the judges, performing “Believer” by Imagine Dragons. She was headed for her last note, and at the very last second, Blake was the only one to turn his chair for her.

Brandon Brown

At 19, Brandon is a violin teacher in Harlem. But when he was in school, he didn’t perform very well. That is until he found music. He became obsessed with the violin, coming home to practice for three hours a day. Now he wants the opportunity to perfect his chops just as much as he’s perfected his violin skills. He chose to sing Ray Charles’ “Georgia” and knocked it out of the park. His velvetly, soulful voice blew Jennifer, Adam and Blake away. Jennifer put up a good fight and almost had it in the bag. But in a plot twist, Brandon actually went with Adam.

Nathan Graham

Hailing from Chicago, Nathan took the stage with such a unique style. Mixing folk, rock, bohemian and country, the artist revealed that he had been playing guitar for 14 years. He currently performs in a rock band and teaches music to young students. The James Harden lookalike brought his instrument on stage with him as he rocked out. But despite his effort, the judges weren’t moved enough to push their buttons. While they congratulated him for making it to the blind auditions, they all said they had a hard time hearing the clarity of his voice through the raspiness.

Whitney Fenimore

Whitney can remember the first cassette she bought. It was Hanson’s “MMMBop.” She began singing in church, joining a few Christian groups. But she wanted to expand her range to reach people in a variety of demographics. So she moved to Los Angeles to give music a try. As her career continued to dwindled, it affected her mental, causing her to have panic attacks. After taking a break, she felt strong enough to go on The Voice, and she did a fantastic rendition of Drake’s “We’re Going Home.” She went to Miley’s team.

Ilianna Viramontes

Ilianna has always loved singing, but she took a detour throughout high school. She was a gymnast and cheerleader, but she was always led back to music. After a visit to Carnegie Hall, she had made up her mind. Illiana was set on music. When she made it to The Voice, she admitted that it was her first time flying solo, because she had always sang in choirs. She even missed her high school graduation to audition. Miley and Blake were wowed by her skill but only one could have her on their team. It was Miley.

Meagan McNeal

Meagan knew the exact date she wanted to take music seriously. After getting paid during her first jam session with her friends, she was sold. She began singing around Chicago in bands and at weddings. But the The Voice is the biggest opportunity the mom has had. She hit the stage with a funky remix of The Weeknd’s “I Can’t Feel My Face.” Her performance caught Jennifer’s attention, and as the only judge to turn her chair, J Hud snagged Meagan for her team.

Jon Mero

Jon is originally from Iowa but moved to Atlanta to pursue his music career. He was first inspired to sing after watching Whitney Houston in “The Preacher’s Wife,” and he’s been performing ever since. Forming his own band and singing for a corporate band for weddings and work functions, he hit the stage with such confidence. Jennifer said she felt like she was at his concert, and Adam said musicianship was in his DNA. Although all four coaches pushed their buttons, he chose Adam.

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Anthony Alexander

Anthony has been on “The Voice” before, but it’s not in the way you may think. His father has worked behind the scenes on a gang of shows including “Little Big Shots” and “The Voice,” so Anthony’s been on the set for years. But he didn’t want to lean on his dad to help make his dreams come true. He snagged an audition all by himself. When he made it to the stage, he sang Donald Glover’s “Redbone,” and impressed Adam, Miley and Jennifer with his beautiful and unique falsetto. When it came down to picking a judge, he chose Adam.

Sophia Bollman

Sophia has been into music for as long as she can remember. She was a part of Kids Rock Free, an organization that teaches young kids how to play instruments and form bands. She even performed in front of Gene Simmons of K.I.S.S., who sent her a special video message right before her blind audition. She sang Kelly Clarkson’s “Invisible,” and two judges were impressed enough to push their buttons. While Miley and Blake, who she said would make a really good day, each put a pretty good fight, she picked Miley.

Jessica Rowboat

Jessica and her family moved to America from India for a chance at a better life. While her parents were classical Indian musicians when they were younger, they gave it up when they made it to America. But that’s who Jessica got her talents from, and she’s been pursing her gifts heavily. She performed John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Her voice was super different and “cool,” Miley described, but none of the judges were moved enough to turn around. They all thought she was awesome but wanted more energy and passion from her performance.

Karli Webster

Karli has been “singing since she could talk.” She got her start with piano lessons, training from age 3 to 18. She even competed in competitions across the country, winning eight of them. That’s when she found her voice. Influenced by the women musicians of the ’70s, she gravitated towards them to help shape her artistry. And it truly showed on stage. She sang a song by Karli Simon, the singer she was named after, and rocked it. She quickly won over Miley and Adam, but went with Miley.

Stephan Marcellus

Stephan actually got his start in child psychology. He went to college for adolescent and child studies, but upon graduating, he realized he wanted to make an impact on the world with his music. Although his family was baffled at first, they supported his dreams fully. When he hit the stage, he stumbled over the note almost immediately but quickly found his footing with his powerful voice. Luckily, the fumble didn’t stop Jennifer from pushing her button. Stephan went to her team.

Emily Luther

Emily calls herself a musical nerd. She took on musical theater at a young age and made her way to Berkelee School of Music in Boston. However, she decided to move to California to jumpstart her career. She landed backup gigs with the likes of Dionne Warwick and Yolanda Adams and eventually scored a record deal. But execs on her team were more interested in changing her look than focusing on her talents. So she went back home and decided to take on The Voice. It worked out in her favor, because Adam, Jennifer and Blake all turned around for her. In the end, she wanted Adam on her side.

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Adam Cunningham

Adam purposely moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. While waiting on his moment to shine, he took a gig as a studio singer to provide for his family. His wife and daughter, who was born just last year, are his biggest inspirations. And when he hit the stage, he showed off just how talented he is with his gigantic voice. He wowed all of the judges, but he put all his trust in Blake.

Hannah Mrozak

Hannah has had a passion for singing since she was 13. While it has always been a dream of hers to become a professional singer, the now-18-year-old began pursuing her talents even stronger after her brother committed suicide. When she made it to the stage, she sang “Starving” by Hailee Steinfield & Grey and blew everyone away with her fantastic voice. Adam, Jennifer and Shelton all turned around mere seconds into her performance, but when it came to selecting a coach, she went with Adam.

Shilo Gold

Shilo comes from a family of singers as her father has some pretty impressive chops. He passed them on to her and pursued her career by going off to Berkelee College of Music in Boston. But after three semesters, she decided to “see the world and do it by sharing music.” Booking 85 shows across seven countries, Shilo was her own manager and finally made her way to “The Voice.” As she was inching towards her final notes, Miley and Jennifer turned around at the very last second, and Shilo went with Miley.

Samantha Rios

Samantha is no stranger to performing. With her Spanish and soul influences, she’s been using her voice to woo crowds since she was 3. And she already has a big fanbase, which includes former President Barack Obama. She sang a solo for him during his presidency along with the Children of the Gospel Choir. For The Voice, she went with “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” by Christina Aguilera. She hit big notes with her strong voice, but neither of the judges turned around. While they were moved, they all think she needs a bit more experience. But they encouraged her to come back.

Noah Mac

At just 17-years-old, Noah has already endured some pretty heavy experiences. At age 8, he lost his older sister to brain cancer at 19. Although he knew he had a gift, his family didn’t know until he performed for the very first time at her funeral. Since then he’s been going after his dream, transforming his backyard into a studio. And he’s already recorded an EP. He took the stage, and it was between Blake and Jennifer after he finished singing. Blake came out on top with this one.

Davon Fleming

Davon has had a tough upbringing, growing up in the hoods of Baltimore. But his family has always kept him grounded. While he has many influences, his greatest one is his mother. He wanted to sing at age 3 after noticing her powerful voice. His own talents have helped him snag gigs as a worship leader for several churches. On The Voice stage, he absolutely rocked it. All four coaches pushed their buttons, but he connected with Jennifer the most as they sang Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” together.

Kathrina Feigh

At age 9, Kathrina moved with her family from the Philippines to Los Angeles. Although her parents couldn’t pursue their dreams, they wanted to make sure Kathrina was able to do so in America. Her mom and dad wanted her to pick a career in the medical field, but when she performed in her first high school musical, she caught the singing bug and went after that instead. She graced The Voice stage to dazzle with “Big White Room.” At the very last second, Jennifer and Blake turned their chairs, and Kathrina went with Jennifer.

Addison Agen

Addison was literally born into music. Her father owns a record shop, so she’s been surrounded by a variety of musicians all her life. At 16, she hopped on a plane for the very first time to take The Voice stage by storm, and that’s exactly what she did. Singing “Jolene,” she blew away Adam and Miley almost immediately with her alternative folk musicianship. When it came down to making her final decision, she went with Miley.

Myles Frost

Myles’ musical talents were a secret until he played a song from the radio on the piano for his grandmother without any training. Soon after, he picked up four additional instruments, including the saxophone and trumpet, and started working on his voice. For the blind auditions, the 17-year-old sang Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour,” but none of the judges turned their chairs. They explained that they heard the nerves and the youth in his voice, but they all encouraged him to return.

Moriah Formica

Moriah is a rockin’ roller. Since she was 9, she’s been singing, and she’s been taking voice lessons since she was 11. Her talent was so amazing that Michael Sweet from Stryper noticed and asked her to sing a song on his album, which debuted at No. 1 on the charts. She absolutely killed it as each coach pushed their button for her. Her rendition of “Crazy On You” had everyone of their feet. And the judges had to make their best pitches to get her on their team. Miley came out on top.

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Chris Weaver

Chris was up first. He revealed he was a worship leader by day and a drag queen by night, but this wasn’t his first time singing for Jennifer Hudson. Two years ago, he performed before her, and she was so impressed that she threw her shoe on the stage, one of the ultimate compliments. J Hud did it again when Chris took The Voice stage to sing Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness.” In fact, all of the coaches were blown away, forcing Chris to choose between all four. In the end, he could not deny his chemistry with Jennifer.

Esera Tuaolo

If you thought Esera looked familiar, you were right. The Hawaiian isn’t new to the big leagues. He played in the NFL for 9 years, lending his talents to the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings. During his stint in professional football, he revealed to the world that he was gay, and remembered how free he felt. He wanted to feel that again by tapping into his second gift: singing. And the coaches, Jennifer and Blake, were glad he did. He ended up with Blake.

Brandon Showell

Brandon has been singing for as long as he can remember, but his 7th grade English students didn’t know that until now. He started out as a cruise ship singer, but he took on a job as an middle school teacher as his back up. Now he’s ready to pursue his true passion, and Adam, Miley and Jennifer loved him. They all pushed their buttons. But when it was time to choose, he picked Adam.

Lucas Holliday

Lucas spends most of his days as a cashier at a Dollar General, but he’d much rather showcase his voice to the world. He first gained recognition when a customer recorded him singing a Maxwell song and uploaded it to YouTube. Maxwell noticed and invited him to a show. While some opportunities came knocking soon after, Lucas was still looking for the perfect chance to become a star, which led him to The Voice. He won over Jennifer with his unexpected soul and automatically went to her team as she was the only one who turned around.

Keisha Renee

Keisha is no stranger to the music industry. She performed as a backup singer for Nicki Minaj. But her biggest accomplishment has been her daughter. She had a high-risk pregnancy due to her obesity and diabetes, but lost the weight when her baby was born. She said her daughter saved her life. Now she’s ready to take on her dreams head-on as a country singer. Everyone turned around for her, but she went with Black because of his country roots.


Maharasyi has singing in her blood. Her aunt was a famous singer in Indonesia and was described as the”Whitney Houston” of the country. Maharasyi had the same opportunity, snagging a record deal there. But Indonesia was too far from her family, so she moved back to her L.A. home. She took the stage to sing Chaka Khan’s “Tell Me Something Good,” and wowed both Jennifer and Miley. Jennifer ended up coaching Maharasyi right on stage and ultimately won her over.

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