Tonight on The Voice, explosive and emotional stories of acceptance, survival and triumph dominated the third round of the Blind Auditions.
Twenty-six-year-old Aleisha Gam from NSW delivered an emotional performance of Adele’s Make You Feel My Love, dedicating the power ballad to her mother’s cancer battle and striking a chord with coach Rita Ora.
Wiping away tears, Rita shared her mother’s own cancer journey: “She had breast cancer. It’s also something she talks about. She’s a survivor. She had it super young,” said Rita. “I don’t talk about my mum like that. It’s hard, but this is a moment of pure celebration.” Aleisha proudly joined Team Rita after turning all four chairs.
Twenty-seven-year-old Emily-Jane Conidi from Victoria (pictured) sang Keala Settle’s This is Me, chosen as an “up yours” moment to the people that put her down.
Emily-Jane confessed: “To get a chair to turn and prove every person wrong, that has said ‘you are too fat or too ugly; you are never going to make it,’ would be amazing.” After clapping back at the haters with four chair turns, she joined Team Jess.
With piano playing in his blood, 28-year-old Liam Conroy from Victoria wooed the coaches with a smooth performance of Harry Styles’ Falling. Rita and Jess pitched hard, but Team Guy sealed the deal.
Twenty-four-year-old Latin-inspired diva, Vanessa Librea from Victoria, chose Don’t Go Yet by Camilla Cabello before being welcomed to Team Guy who applauded her sass, style and confidence.
Western Australian lifeguard and surfer Sam McGovern performed a stripped-back acoustic version of U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. Keith and Jess duked it out before Sam chose Team Keith, revealing a Keith Urban album was one of his first music purchases as a child
Thirty-two-year-old Kaylee Bell from NSW started writing country music as a teenager, drawing inspiration from Keith. In a risky move, Kaylee performed an original song she wrote about the coach. The risk paid off with all four chairs turning to start their pitch, but Keith didn’t get far before Jess blocked him.
“I said I was going to fight for her, and I meant that. You totally stand out and I love that about you,” said Jess welcoming Kaylee to her team.