The Voice

Kaylee Shimizu dazzles as 9 earn spots on The Voice

Jacquie Roar selects her coach after a four-chair turn audition on The Voice, with some help from her daughter. (NBC Photo)

Jacquie Roar selects her coach after a four-chair turn audition on The Voice, with some help from her daughter. (NBC Photo)


Three more singers earned four chair turns and a total of nine earned spots on Season 24 of The Voice Tuesday night.

Gwen Stefanie landed her third four-chair turn in two nights when she enticed Jacquie Roar to join her team. Jacquie got some coach-picking assistance from her adorable daughter.

But it was John Legend who might have landed the prize of the night, 17-year-old Kaylee Shimizu, who dazzled the coaches with her rendition of “Golden Slumber.”

The other four-chair turn went to another young artist, Lauren Williams, who said she was performing on stage for the first time. She opted to join Team Niall.

Here’s my recap, complete with my picks for the night’s best auditions. Follow the links to learn more about the artists.


1. Kaylee Shimizu, 17, Ewa Beach, Hawaii, “Golden Slumbers” by The Beatles: Kaylee shows off a lovely voice and tone from the opening note. And she’s just a few lines into the song when she already has all four coaches facing her way. She also shows off great range. John Legend called her performance dazzling. Niall called her audition incredible and complimented her on a great song choice. Kaylee decided to join Team Legend.

2. Ms. Monet, 50, Pittsburgh, Calif., “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood: Ms. Monet brought lots of energy and a powerful voice to the stage. She also showed off a nice growl in her voice. She was well into the performance when Gwen Stefani and Reba McEntire turned. Reba complimented her on a polished performance. Gwen vowed to help bring her personality out. Turns out Ms. Monet sang background vocals on Gwen’s Christmas album. Nevertheless, Ms. Monet joined Team Reba.

3. Jacquie Roar, 37, North Plains, Oregon, “Here for the Party” by Gretchen Wilson: Jacquie’s quickly showed that she’s quite the performer. Of course, the coaches couldn’t see that. They could hear Jacquie’s powerful voice. And a series of big notes got every chair to turn. Niall says she could be a showstopper. Gwen reminds Jacquie she’s been adopted into the country world. John also says Jacquie could go far on the show.


Lauren Williams, 20, Quakertown, Pa., “Fingers Crossed” by Lauren Spencer-Smith: Lauren’s tone enticed almost immediate chair turns from Gwen Stefani and Niall Horan. When the song swelled, Reba McEntire turned as well. John Legend joined them, making it a four-chair turn midway through the performance. Turns out Lauren turned age 20 two days before the performance, which she called her first real gig. All four coaches praised Lauren’s performance. Niall said the “sky is the limit” for the young singer. She decided to join Team Niall.

Jason Arcilla, 34, Hawaii, “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac (Stevie Nicks): His range clearly surprised the coaches. Gwen Stefani turned early in the song. Oh, and she blocked Reba, who was the only other coach to turn. Reba said Jason touched his heart. Gwen complimented him on doing a great job with tough song to sing and called his vocals soothing and beautiful. Jason automatically became a member of Team Gwen.

Bias, 23, Chatanooga, Tenn, “God’s Country” by Blake Shelton: Bias predicted Gwen would recognize the song immediately. She certainly did. Still, it was Reba who turned first. Gwen eventually followed. Gwen loved his energy and spirit. She also liked the growl in his voice. Bias opted to join Team Gwen.

Rachele Nguyen, 17, Cypress, Calif., “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis: Rachele delivers a nice gentle opening to the song and seems comfortable on stage at age 17. An impressive glory note near the end enticed a chair turn from Reba McEntire. Reba said she loves Rachele’s potential and thinks she’s ready to blossom as a singer.

LVNDR, “Hotline Bling” by Drake: Wow, she delivered a wonderful a cappella opening that earned quick chair turns from John Legena and Niall Horan. And her audition features a very bluesy vibe that clearly impresses the coach. John calls the audition perfection and magical. Niall loved the character in her voice and called the performance “stunning.” LVNDR decides to join Team Niall.

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