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‘The Voice’ recap: a contestant hits the right note proposing to his girlfriend

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Denton Arnell proposes to his girlfriend; Tyler Golden/NBCOn The Voice Monday night, a contestant proposed to his girlfriend and John Legend won over yet another four-chain-turn singer — his third of the season.

Denton Arnell met his girlfriend working at a youth church in Chicago. The 31-year-old got John Legend to turn his chair for his performance of Drake‘s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” and then asked everyone to hold on as he invited his girlfriend Tiffany to join him onstage.

“Being that you gave me a yes,” Denton said, gesturing towards John. “I wanted to see if Tiffany can give me a yes,” as he pulled out an engagement ring. The coaches and audience loved the moment, only slightly undercut when Denton accidentally headbutted Tiffany as the two embraced. Like John, Tiffany said yes to Denton.

Only one singer got all four coaches to turn: Shawn Sounds. The Houston middle school teacher, who’s birth name is Lionel Taylor, is already a viral video star from YouTube videos of him singing to his students during class. It was surprising when the coaches didn’t budge for most of his performance of “All My Life” by K-Ci & JoJo, but as his vocals rose to a crescendo, the chairs got moving. “That was one of the best ending runs I’ve ever heard,” said John, who added Shawn to his team.

Beth Griffith-Manley, 46, is a former backup singer for Anita Baker whose dad was Aretha Franklin‘s first piano player. So it was no wonder the Detroit native chose to sing Aretha’s “Until You Come Back to Me.” Beth was torn choosing between John and Kelly Clarkson, but decided on Kelly because she has a similar raspy singing voice.

Mikaela Astel, a 14-year-old from Queens who’s still in braces, says she’s been watching The Voice since she was six. “If I see a chair turn today, I’ll know that my voice really has something special,” Mikaela said before her performance. Strumming a guitar, her cover of “Electric Love” by BØRNS earned an immediate chair turn from Kelly, who praised her “tone” and “vibe.” Mikaela chose Kelly over John.

Ciera Dumas, a 21-year-old from North Carolina, was named “most likely to win The Voice” in her high school yearbook. Her performance of “Tell Me You Love Me,” by Demi Lovato got John and Adam Levine to turn chairs. She ignored some major cheerleading from Blake Shelton on John’s behalf, and joined Adam.

Blake’s support for John also backfired when it came time for 20-year-old Mari from Florida. John, Adam and Kelly turned chairs for her performance of Ella Mai‘s “Boo’d Up,” but despite John pointing out that he has a duet with Ella Mai on her new album, Mari chose Adam. “I don’t need your help anymore Blake,” joked John.

Other contestants in the blind auditions included:

Selkii, 31 years old, works with her husband on a cruise ship.
Sang: “I Try” by Macy Gray.
Judges: Adam and Blake turned; Selkii chose Blake.

Jae Jin, 33 years old, overcame a terminal illness.
Sang: “Hallelujah I Love Her So” by Ray Charles.
Judges: No one turned.

Andrew Sevener, 22 years old, started a band with his parents.
Sang: “Honky Tonk Woman” by The Rolling Stones.
Judges: Blake.

Crystal Rose, 26 years old, house burned down as a child.
Sang: “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak.
Judges: No one turned; invited onto The Voice Comeback Stage.

Abby Kasch, 20 years old, moved to Nashville to sing country.
Sang: “Here for the Party” by Gretchen Wilson.
Judges: Blake and Kelly turned; Abby chose Kelly.

Anthony Ortiz, 20 years old, skateboarder.
Sang: “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction.
Judges: Adam turned.

Oliv Blu, 20 years old, member of a Chicago music collective.
Sang: “On and On” by Erykah Badu.
Judges: John turned.

Kaykla Seeber, 18 years old, came out by writing a song about liking a girl .
Sang: “…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears.
Judges: No one turned; invited onto The Voice Comeback Stage.

The blind auditions continue on The Voice March 18 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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