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Janice Freeman competed on Season 13 of ‘The Voice’ and touched the hearts of Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson and many others.
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Blind auditions resumed Monday on “The Voice,” but now that all the blocks have been used (mostly on new judge John Legend), it’s anyone’s game. 

“I’m having so much fun,” Legend told host Carson Daly. “I feel immediately welcomed even though each and every one of them blocked me.”

However, back-to-back champion Kelly Clarkson is having one little problem of her own: “So far for Season 16, I feel like men are against me. … Just so you know, this is junior high all over again. I can’t get dudes to join my team.”

Related: ‘The Voice’ contestant Janice Freeman dies at 33; Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson pay tribute

Clarkson lost chair-turn after chair-turn to her male counterparts, including an epic four-chair-turn that had her asking “what is wrong with me?”

Dexter Roberts, 27, a self-proclaimed “country boy” who mysteriously fell ill from a tick bite while hunting, stunned with a performance of Randy Houser’s “Like a Cowboy.” Blake Shelton, Legend and Clarkson instantly turned, while Adam Levine joined the party before Roberts sang his last note.

Legend used flattery (“You sounded so beautiful”); Levine tried reverse psychology (“I just wanted to pay my respect by pressing my button, but I don’t want you to pick me. That would be far too daring”); Clarkson pulled the sympathy card (“I don’t know if I wear some sort of repellent, but males never pick me”); and Shelton stuck to his rustic roots (“Country artists know who they are. … I just know what I love.”)

In the end, Roberts selected Shelton as his coach. 

“Finally got myself a four-chair-turn and my buddy Dexter is the guy that made it happen,” Shelton said. “I’m actually starting to enjoy the coaches ganging up on me, I feel like it’s …tough love.”

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Clarkson struck out again with a male singer, claiming it’s her “Achilles heel in this show.” Legend offered a theory: “Maybe it’s because you are the girl-power song singer.”

However, the “American Idol” alum entered the boys club at the perfect moment – another epic four-chair-turn. 

Jej Vinson, 22, a Philippines native who moved to Los Angeles to chase the American dream, performed Drake’s “Passionfruit” with a delightful twist that had all the coaches pushing their buttons. His vocals were so good that Clarkson had to leave her chair to give him a hug. 

 

“You are a better singer than all of us,” Levine declared, while Shelton added, “We’re looking at the winner of ‘The Voice’ this season.”

Clarkson talked strategy: “I have one male (on my team). They all have a plethora of guys. I would really love the opportunity to work with you.”

Her persistence paid off, because Vinson picked Team Kelly.

“This is my first four-chair win this season y’all,” Clarkson said. “Jej made me feel really good with myself, because I’m not going to lie, I was like, ‘What is wrong with me? Why are men not picking me?'”

She continued: “We’re probably going to win ‘The Voice.’ I’m so excited!”

Blind auditions continue March 5 on NBC (8 EST/PST). 

Related: ‘The Voice’ recap: John Legend lands a pair of four-chair-turns in coaching debut

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