Contestant Berit Haynes had a wish.
“I was given a make-a-wish… I wish I could come and see ‘Sound,’” The 19-year-old singer said during Tuesday’s episode, referring to the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s mission to fulfill the wishes of seriously ill children.
During the fourth night of the blind auditions, Haynes got more than he wanted. Not only did he get a chance to connect with the coaches, but Haynes is now competing on the show as well. Team Blake Shelton Turn up your rendition of Brett Young’s “Mercy” after you’ve earned the chair.
“Not only do I get to meet him, I also get to sing for him and it’s like a dream come true,” he added. “I’m really grateful to be alive and healthy and to be here.”
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At age 8, Haynes was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick and makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood. Mayo Clinic. He said he had an internal defibrillator placed at the age of 14.
“It’s often called a disease of sudden death,” Haynes said.
With his Make-A-Wish, Haynes said he wanted to appear on a live tape of “The Voice” as an audience, “but because of COVID, that wish didn’t come true.”
But Haynes’ talent outweighed him for something better. “My mom sent me a video of me singing to audition for ‘The Voice’.” Now he is on Team Shelton, his only chair turn.
“I’m proud to be your coach,” Shelton said.
It has been smooth sailing for the reigning champion this season, but the same cannot be said of John Legend.
“I thought we were going to gang up on Ariana (Grande),” one confused legend said after being hit with The Last Block of the Blinds. “Instead everyone gang-raped me.”
Grande hit the EGOT winner with a sharp block after Holly Forbes’ four-chair-turning performance of Elton John’s “Rocket Man” was followed. Perhaps The legend brought this karma upon itself?
“I was held back maliciously,” Legend said. “I used my block on Ariana and she’s been upset with me for a while. She hasn’t talked to me in the hallway.”
With Legend out of the running, Forbes had to choose between Grande, Shelton and Clarkson. The Kentucky native’s 7-year-old daughter, Violet, wanted her to pick Grande.
Shelton said, “In reference to your beautiful daughter who loves Ariana, I want to remind you that some kids like to play with fire. It’s not necessarily the best thing sometimes.” Grande clapped, “Did you compare her daughter playing with fire to enjoying my music?”
Grande’s block proved ineffective as Forbes was gunning for Clarkson all the time: “I grew up listening to Kelly Clarkson so I’m going with her.”
“I used my block on John because he pissed me off,” Grande said, “but in the end, I really wish I used it on Kelly Clarkson.”
Clarkson herself was “shaken,” she said.
Blind auditions “The Voice” resume on Monday (NBC, 8 EDT/PDT).