“The Voice” is bringing back some familiar faces.
Reigning champion Gwen Stefani and Season 14 winner Brynn Cartelli virtually returned to the NBC singing competition Monday during the fifth night of blind auditions.
But Blake Shelton wasn’t too excited to see his fiancee, because the No Doubt rocker was campaigning for his frenemy Kelly Clarkson.
Well, kind of. We’ll explain.
Clarkson manipulated past footage of Stefani on the show to create a glowing endorsement for herself in order to lure contestant Jordan Matthew Young to her side. Young earned three chair turns from Clarkson, Blake Shelton and Nick Jonas.
“I’m going to let someone else speak for me,” Clarkson said. “This person should tell you who you should go with and who you maybe shouldn’t.”
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In the edited clip, Stefani said, “Blake Shelton would be terrible as a coach. I love Kelly, she is perfect for you.”
Clarkson’s plan backfired badly. Not only did Matthew end up picking Shelton as a coach, the “American Idol” alum didn’t even finish second in the running.
“Kelly, I appreciate your input a lot, but it would be between Nick and Blake,” Young boldly admitted. John Legend quipped, “You’re not supposed to tell who third place is.”
Shelton couldn’t be happier. He said it felt so good “to beat Nick, Kelly and Gwen. Clearly Jordan saw right through Kelly’s manipulation and lies and made the right choice.”
Cartelli’s return was more welcome.
The Season 14 winner, who became the youngest person to win at age 15 in 2018, sent a special video message to her biggest fan: Contestant Anna Grace.
“I wanted to send you a message wishing you the best of luck,” Cartelli said in a video clip. “Your story is incredibly inspiring so I hope you kill it out there. I’m here cheering you on. Good luck girl.”
Anna Grace, 20, didn’t seem to need much luck. The Milwaukee native earned a coveted four-chair turn following her soulful take of Billie Eilish’s “My Future.”
The song is extra meaningful for Anna Grace because she has a new resolve for her own future after battling a near-fatal blood infection in 2017 that caused her heart to stop for two minutes.
“The doctors told my parents that I might not make it through the night,” Anna Grace said. “Music for me is something I go to when I’m feeling down. I would not be here without it.”
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Jonas called her “one of the best we’ve heard” so far. In a last-ditch effort, the Jonas Brother shared a series of goofy memes of his fellow coaches in his pitch, including a meme that called Shelton a “puppy hater” and Legend “John ‘not so’ Legend.”
“That pitch was seriously inappropriate,” Legend hit back.
Sadly, Jonas’ efforts weren’t rewarded. Anna Grace picked Team Kelly, and Shelton couldn’t resist teasing: “What happened Nick? You even had a PowerPoint presentation.”
Blind auditions resume on “The Voice” Tuesday on NBC.
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