By Amanda Bell
March 12, 2019 at 07:12 PM EDT
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With all of the blocks gone and the teams quickly being filled on The Voice, the coaches have to start being a bit more discerning about their contestant selections in round five. However, there’s still at least one four-chair turn to be fought over, and surprise! One of the contestants who makes it through decides to channel his good luck in getting one “yes” into seeking another as he proposes marriage to his girlfriend.

THE VOICE -- “Blind Auditions” Episode 1605 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tiffany, Denton Arnell -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)
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Here’s who made it through on The Voice‘s blind auditions this week.

Beth Griffith-Manley (46 – Detroit, Mich.)
What to know: Her father was Johnny Griffith, one of the Grammy-winning Funk Brothers, and grew up knowing she’d been bitten by “the bug.” After working as a receptionist, she got to sing backup for Anita Baker, who believed she had a solo career ahead of her.
The performance: Beth’s lively rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Til You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)” shows off her classic bop aesthetic and gets the attention of both Kelly Clarkson and John Legend, who identifies with her midwest origins, statement outfit, and feel-good song choice. Ultimately, it’s Kelly who wins Beth over with her flattering compliments about her bold song choice and moving tones and the fact that she shares the same kind of pop-rasp as her new coach.
Team: Kelly Clarkson

Selkii (31 – Durban, South Africa)
What to know: Selkii (pronounced: SELL-key) met her supportive husband on a cruise ship, and he is the one who has convinced her to join the show (with hopes that she’d join John Legend or Blake Shelton’s teams).
The performance: Selkeii’s peppy take on Macy Gray’s “I Try” gets the attention of Adam Levine right away, and while there are some spots in the delivery where she drops out and/or goes off-pitch, she’s got a few runaway notes that also convince Blake Shelton to turn. Although Adam Levine says all the right things about his enthusiasm for her unique artistry, Blake somehow brings out some strange guesses about the culture in her home nation, and it’s enough to make her follow her husband’s wishes to join Blake’s team.
Team: Blake Shelton

Denton Arnell (31 – Chicago, Ill.)
What to know: He currently runs the art department at a youth church but grew up singing and playing music. He is deeply in love with his girlfriend and plans to double down on his nervousness for today by auditioning and proposing to her.
The performance: His take on Drake’s “Hold On We’re Going Home” is smooth and built with some easy runs that impress John Legend enough to earn a turn. There are still some things to work on with his range and lower register, but he’s in good hands on Team John. Once he gets the first yes he wants, it’s on to the matter of asking another big question, and despite headbutting Tiffany on his way down to take a knee, he still gets the answer he wants there, too. Congrats to the happy couple on an engagement they’ll not soon forget — for better and for worse.
Team: John Legend

Ciera Dumas (21 – Kernersville, N.C.)
What to know: She’s a hair chameleon who doesn’t even know her own age off-hand and likes to live by the “go big or go home” mantra — even if she’s incredibly nervous for this challenge. She’s most excited to perform for Kelly Clarkson and John Legend.
The performance: Adam Levine and John Legend are both impressed with her Ann Wilson-meets-Emily Haines-style growl tones during her delivery of Demi Lovato’s “Tell Me You Love Me.” Adam loves her power, and while John’s taken by both her folksy intro notes and her power grab at the end, she ultimately signs up to sing with the rockstar du jour.
Team: Adam Levine

Andrew Sevener (22 – Alvarado, Tex.)
What to know: He plays in a band with his parents but is ready to try a solo career so that he can get out of the RV sales-by-day, gigging-by-night business
The performance: It takes Blake Shelton a little bit of time to hear what he needs to in Andrew’s version of “Honky Tonk Woman,” but once he brings his slide guitar skills into the equation, Blake’s able to overlook some of his wobblier notes and offer him a lone chair turn.
Team: Blake Shelton

Mari Jones (20 – Clermont, Fla.)
What to know: She works at a makeup salon and loves the fact that she doesn’t have to worry about her looks for this show.
The performance: It only takes a few notes of “Boo’d Up” for Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine, and John Legend to tamp their buttons in sequence. The rest of her performance isn’t quite as full and complete as her intro, but she still shows off a wide range. Kelly compliments the fluidity of her tones, and John praises her confidence, but it’s Adam who notices her very ’70s vibe and promises he would be the best fit to help groom her gifts for this show.
Team: Adam Levine

Crystal Rose (26 – Kansas City, Mo.)
What to know: She has seven siblings whom she became separated from after a fire at her childhood home. Through music, she’s found an escape and sense of community.
The performance: Although her take on “Wicked Game” is compelling for its haunting low notes and brave upper reaches, it just isn’t cohesive enough to earn her a chair turn today. However, Bebe Rexha has heard enough to offer her a spot on the Comeback Stage.
Team: N/A

Abby Kasch (20 – Palos, Park, Ill.)
What to know: She began singing in bars at the age of 12 and grew up on a farm.
The performance: Kasch sings Gretchen Wilson’s “Here for the Party” with enough spunk — if not technical prowess — to earn a turn from the usual suspects, Blake and Kelly. Only, instead of going the obvious route [enter the finger-pointing GIF here], she decides to give Team Kelly a shot.
Team: Kelly Clarkson

Mikaela Astel (14 – Queens, N.Y.)
What to know: This teen spends her downtime twisting herself in elastic sheets called aero silks.
The performance: Kelly and John turn right away for Mikaela after she delivers a few compelling notes from “Electric Love” by Børns. Her voice is mature well beyond her years, and yet there’s a sweetness to the simplicity of her voice, and Kelly compares her to Regina Spektor (and perhaps a tiny bit of Chevel Shepherd’s confidence?). Mikaela ultimately decides to sign up for Team Kelly instead of John’s team.
Team: Kelly Clarkson

Kayla Seever (18 – Poplar Grove, Ill.)
What to know: She grew up in a small town, but she likes to stand out with her bold color block fashion choices. She also recently came out as a gay woman and finds that music has helped her feel like she fits into a crowd.
The performance: Kayla tries to “intensify” Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time,” and while it’s all a little too untidy for the coaches — she vacillates between rock slides and groovy R&B low notes — but Bebe Rexha decides to give her one more time to sing on the Comeback Stage.
Team: N/A

Shawn Sounds (33 – Houston, Tex.)
What to know: “Teacher by day, rockstar by night.” This middle school teacher has an important day job, but he drops his real name and becomes Shawn Sounds as soon as he leaves the classroom — even if he once went viral with a singing video recorded at school.
The performance: His on-the-nose rendition of “All My Life” by K-Ci & JoJo makes him the first four-chair turn of the night. His voice is made of the same kind of supple honey tones that fit the original version of this song, and despite some stiff competition by the other coaches, he’s a made match for Team John Legend.
Team: John Legend

The abbreviated auditions: They’re not fully montaged and we don’t learn a ton of background about one pair of singers who make it through this time. For starters, Anthony Ortiz lands on Team Adam for his performance of “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction, and a contestant named Oliv Blu gets some wish fulfillment when her poppy rendition of “On and On” catches John Legend’s attention for being “free and magical” and fitting his “neo-soul” aesthetic.  

TEAM STANDINGS:

Adam Levine: Trey Rose, Jimmy Mowery, Domenic Haynes, Karly Moreno, Patrick McAloon, L.B. Crew, Ciera Dumas, Mari Jones, Anthony Ortiz

Kelly Clarkson: Karen Galera, Rizzi Myers, The Bundys, Alena D’Amico, Jej Vincent, Rebecca Howell, Beth Griffith-Marley, Abby Kasch, Mikaela Astel

John Legend: Maelyn Jarmon, Lisa Ramey, Matthew Johnson, Savannah Brister, Julian King, Talon Cardon, Betsy Ade, Denton Arnell,  Oliv Blu, Shawn Sounds

Blake Shelton: Gyth Rigdon, Kim Cherry, Lili Joy, Hannah Kay, Carter Lloyd Horne, Dexter Roberts, Dalton Dover, Kendra Checketts, Selkii, Andrew Sevener

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