The Voice once again lived up to its name, taking the audience and judges into a sonic journey on Tuesday night’s (Oct. 2) Blind Auditions. Notching a powerful rendition of Bishop Briggs‘ “River,” Chicago-native SandyRedd floored judges Adam Levine, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton — scoring a four-chair turn and causing a skirmish between the coaches.
An exceptional vocal powerhouse, Redd sang with captivating passion, delivering a full-bodied vocal attack and stunning stage presence. The coaches were immediately blown away, with Levine turning his chair within 30 seconds and Hudson quickly following up, mesmerized as Redd chanted the lyrics.
With breathtaking highs and growling lows, Redd oozed talent and soared high, winning Clarkson’s approval — who was even more stunned with the 35-year-old’s exotic looks. Shelton was the last to turn his chair, giving Redd a four-chair turn and the chance to pick her coach.
After the head-spinning performance, JHud threw both of her shoes on stage, praising the singer’s forceful performance as Redd broke down crying on stage. For good measure, Hudson also grabbed Clarkson’s jacket and threw it at the singer’s feet. Levine followed the trend, throwing one of his shoes as Shelton put his cup on stage.
“I never heard Kelly not say anything before!” joked Levine about the normally very vocal Clarkson’s eerie silence as the “Stronger” singer looked visibly shocked. “Even more reason to love you!” Shelton added.
Fighting for the gifted singer, an amazed Clarkson stated, “You are like fire. It was magnificent — I don’t care who you pick, I just can’t wait to watch you on this show.” Levine then quickly clapped back, “I do care who you pick — I want this!” Visibly emotional and crying happy tears, Redd decided to go for Team Kelly.
Check out SandyRedd’s Blind Auditions on The Voice below.