The Voice coaches Kelly Clarkson and Nick Jonas exclusively spill all the details on finale (May 25) to E! News’ Daily Pop co-host Kym Whitley. “Our artists have been working their tails off so it’s exciting for them,” Clarkson gushed today.
“It’s like you don’t have to win at this point, it’s the last point you can make on this show so really the top 5 have won, but it’s an amazing thing to win something you’ve worked hard for.” Yet Jonas hinted there’s more at stake than just the title: “There is some bragging rights though,” he deadpanned.
‘Especially if you beat Shelton!” Clarkson laughed with a reference to fellow coach Blake Shelton. Even Jonas has previously teased the “wise, old man” country crooner for his decade on the reality singing competition. Shelton also has the most wins as the longest-running coach on the series.
Since Season 16 is still currently in the blind auditions, let’s take a quick look at Kelly’s team after the first two episodes. Which one of them is the likeliest to make it to the Finals and help their coach tie Blake’s record of three in a row?
Karen Galera — Kelly instantly hit her button for this member of the Latin community, surprising all of her rival coaches. John Legend later also turned his chair around, though he didn’t quite know what he was up against with Karen, who performed “Mi Corazoncito” in honor of her brother.
Both Kelly and John wanted desperately to coach the first bilingual winner on “The Voice,” but Karen’s choice ultimately came down to something completely random: she picked Kelly because they shared the same birthday.
Rizzi Myers — As it turns out, singer-songwriter Rizzi originally met Kelly 12 years earlier at one of her post-“American Idol” concerts. This 32-year-old mother of two even brought along photo evidence to prove the meeting actually happened.
Three coaches turned their chairs around during Rizzi’s performance of Ariana Grande‘s “Breathin’”: Kelly, Blake and John. However, the special bond that the Tennessee resident had for the Texas coach helped Rizzi decide to join Team Kelly.
The two sisters and one brother chose “Closer to Fine” as their audition song and caused two coaches to hit their buttons: Kelly and Blake.
While it seemed as though the Bundys were legitimately considering both options, their decision was made for them when Kelly impressed the family with her mentions of influential artists Eva Cassidy and Fleetwood Mac.