NBC’s “The Voice” returned for season 21 on September 20, 2021 and featured coach Ariana Grande for the first time in the show’s history. She joined coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend for the season.
The show continued with the second episode, which aired on September 21, 2021.
Spoiler warning: There will be spoilers for “The Voice” season 21 episode 2 below.
If you’d just like to know the team makeup through episode two, scroll to the bottom of this post.
‘The Voice’ Season 21 Episode 2 Live Recap
The show opened with a cute bit where the coaches brought Ariana Grande “grande” coffees to “bribe” her.
The first Blind Audition of the night came from a 28-year-old California-based country music singer named Lana Scott. She told the camera that she’d love to work with Kelly, though her dad encourages her to choose Blake if he turns around for her. She performed “hole in the bottle” by Kelsea Ballerini, and Blake turned around right away, and Kelly also turned around a bit into the song.
The banter between Shelton and Clarkson went on for so long that Legend and Grande both left the stage to eat popcorn and then returned during the argument. She ultimately went with Team Blake.
Next up was Samuel Harness’s Blind Audition. He shared that he and all of his siblings were adopted, which he says shaped a lot of his life and singing career. The 26-year-old has a young son and chose to audition for “The Voice” because music has always been therapeutic to him, he shared. He sang “Here Without You” by 3 Doors Down for his audition, though he slowed it down a bit to better show off his artistry.
John Legend turned around first, followed by Blake Shelton and Ariana Grande back-to-back later on in the song. Kelly Clarkson was the only coach who did not turn around for Samuel.
Samuel chose to go with John Legend as his coach.
Next up was the 23-year-old bilingual singer Carolina Alonso from Reno, Nevada. She is currently a college student but hopes to pursue her singing career. She performed “El Triste” for her Blind Audition. Kelly, who has worked with bilingual artists on the show before, was the only coach to turn around for Carolina Alonso.
The third Blind Audition of the night was from Chavon Rodgers singing Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License.” John Legend turned around as soon as a higher note was hit in the middle of the song, and Ariana Grande turned around when the singer went into falsetto later on.
After the performance, we learned that Chavon was from Blake Shelton’s hometown and had been playing music with his siblings for his whole life. Chavon went with Ariana Grande as his coach.
Next, 14-year-old Serenity Arce performed. She sang “I See Red” for her song. None of the coaches turned for her, likely because they could hear her age in her voice.
Following that was a true Blind Audition from 28-year-old Joshua Vacanti, who chose to sing “Into the Unknown” from Frozen 2 for their performance. John Legend turned first and used his block on Ariana Grande, and she turned around absolutely shocked by the transgression.
Going into the second hour of the night, Hailey Green kicked off the Blind Auditions. The 15-year-old auditioned for season 19, but she did not get any chair turns. So, she has returned to try again. She performed “Home” by Mark Brussard. She earned a last-minute chair turn from Blake Shelton, though none of the other coaches turned around.
Next, father-son duo Jim and Sasha Allen performed for the coaches. Sasha shared that he is transgender, so the aspect of the blind audition was especially appealing for him. Together, they performed “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by John Denver and received chair turns from both Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande.
After some deliberation, they chose to join Team Ariana.
The next artist was Paris Winningham, and he sang “Superstition” for his blind audition. Both John Legend and Ariana Grande turned for Paris, who said he was a 32-year-old Navy veteran. He chose to go with Team Legend.
Cameron B was the next artist to audition for “The Voice” season 21. She sang “Hometown Glory” for her audition. Unfortunately, none of the coaches turned their chairs for her.
The next artist to perform was Gymani, who performed “pov” by Ariana Grande, and she ended up with a four-chair turn. She ultimately chose Kelly as her coach, causing Kelly to fall down onto the floor in celebration.
‘The Voice’ Season 21 Teams So Far
Here are the teams so far:
- Girl Named Tom
- Kinsey Rose
- Carolina Alonso
- Jonathan Mouton
- Jack Rogan
- Samuel Harness
- Joshua Vacanti
- Paris Winningham
- Katie Rae
- Katherine Ann Mohler
- Vaugh Mogul
- Chavon Rodgers
- Jim and Sasha Allen
- Peedy Chavis
- Wendy Moten
- Lana Scott
- Hailey Green
“The Voice” airs on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on NBC.