Fire-twirling, high romance and a haunting tribute in new episode of The Voice – 7NEWS

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It’s the sixth episode of The Voice Australia for 2022 and the coaches’ teams are starting to fill up, meaning it will be harder than ever to turn a chair.
But tonight’s first contestant, 36-year-old Sydney dancer and singer Richard Tanumi, manages to do just that.
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Singing a passionate, sexy rendition of The Weeknd’s Call Out My Name, he gets both Rita Ora and Jess Mauboy to turn their chairs – and when he’s done, they’re metaphorically fanning themselves.
“I love your hair!”, Rita exclaims.
“I love you!
“Is it too soon? Too soon?”
As if everyone wasn’t already half in love with this bloke already, he then rips his shirt off and shows the coaches his fire-twirling abilities.
THIS GUY IS FIRE! (not, ON fire, thankfully).
Jess and Rita are not metaphorically fanning themselves now – they are LITERALLY fanning themselves.
Richard decides to go with Jess, who literally crawls on the floor towards him.
C’mon ladies, some decorum here, please!
“I hope you guys are very happy together!” Rita pouts.
“I’ll never love again!”
Summer Beecham, 19, is up next singing Without You by The Kid Laroi and Miley Cyrus, and she manages to turn all four chairs.
Now, I am all for singers wearing whatever makes them feel comfy on stage so they can give their best performance.
But Summer is literally wearing an Oodie on stage!!
Bold move right there.
“This is like my safety blanket,” she tells the coaches later.
“But it’s also making a point that you don’t have to wear certain things to be good enough.”
(I detect a Billie Eilish fan here. You go, girl!)
Summer picks Jess and now she has two amazing singers added to her team in the space of 20 minutes. Holy moly!
Actually, make that three…. or is it?
Chloe Kandetzki, 20, from Melbourne, chooses the same song Jess auditioned with all those years ago on Australian Idol, Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing, and Jess turns around within minutes, followed quickly by Rita.
Her performance is spectacular – passionate, emotive and technically accomplished.
“This song changed my life forever,” Jess says.
That means – you guessed it – another onstage duet, where Jess and Chloe perform part of the song together, prompting Rita to block Jess.
I’ll never get over these blocks! They are tactical, they are strategic, I get it, I get it.
But Chloe literally referenced Jess’s performance of this song when she was 16 as an inspiration.
HARSH!
But my emotions do a full 360 when 80-year-old Conrad De Silva steps up to perform Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E.
He’s the oldest-ever contestant on The Voice and he’s decided to just have fun and feel free with it.
And he really swings with it; he’s singing to his wife for their 50th wedding anniversary, and it’s utterly adorable.
No-one can believe Conrad is 80; he’s got the joie de vivre of a man half his age.
“Conrad, our teams are filling up, so please don’t take our non-turning as an indication of how great you are,” Guy says.
“You are fantastic!
“That warms my heart.
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“I love love, and I love celebrating love; and that’s the anthem of love for me, that song.
“Nat King Cole is one of my heroes and you did that more than just justice.
“You just filled the room with such love, so thank you.”
Conrad then calls his wife up on stage and tells her she’s made him the happiest man and he hopes they spend at least another decade together.
Oh my god, I am weeping right now. Where can I find a man like Conrad, please?
Conrad puts a ring on his wife’s finger to celebrate 50 years of marriage and the audience is SCREAMING.
This is the sweetest thing I have seen in forever.
The final performance of the night is by South Australian 23-year-old Melanie Cowmeadow, and if you thought Conrad’s devotion to his wife was the last tear-jerking moment of tonight’s episode, you’d be SO wrong.
Melanie has chosen to sing Florence and the Machine’s Never Let Me Go – the song played at her late father’s funeral.
Her dad loved music and often took the kids to karaoke, which is where Melanie’s love for singing began.
But she realises that singing this song is a double-edged sword: how do you bring the emotion without letting it overwhelm you?
All four chairs turn as Melanie gets through the song beautifully – and then breaks down in tears.
I feel like anyone who has lost a parent – or any loved one – would have to be weeping right now. I certainly am.
And the judges immediately recognise that Melanie must have had a special connection with that song.
Keith asks why she chose to sing it, and then she reveals that it was played at her father’s funeral.
Keith runs up on to the stage to hug her as the whole room falls silent, feeling her pain.
Rita is overcome with emotion as Guy talks about how brave Melanie is to perform that song on stage.
“I’m just in awe of how you kept it together,” he says.
Me too, Guy, me too!
Melanie chooses Keith and he looks genuinely ecstatic about the opportunity to coach her.
I have only one more observation to make about The Voice after tonight’s episode.
Can we HANDLE any more emotion?
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