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Monday’s episode of The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/MT on CTV TWO) was the first night of the Knockouts and the first night of celebrity mentor Mariah Carey. Respect to the queen was paid and people were appropriately shook. Usually our favourite part of the show is hearing people sing, but in this case, it was seeing their reaction to Mariah. That starstruck experience includes coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Jennifer Hudson. As Blake succinctly put it, people have heard of Mariah Carey.

After the whole American Idol mess with Carey and fellow judge Nicki Minaj, we weren’t really sure what to expect, but like Clarkson and Hudson, Carey fully jumped the Idol ship and gave her all to The Voice. We expected most people to crack under the pressure of having to perform in front of one of the best vocalists of all time, but Carey’s advice was so spot-on that Monday night included some of the best and most improved performances of the season. You don’t win five Grammys and not pick up a couple of hints along the way.

MOST IMPROVED

When surfer dude Tyke James showed up to rehearsal and phoned in “Ring of Fire,” we thought for sure that he would be back to the taco truck by the end of the night. But a few wise words from Carey and a slight kick in the butt by Coach Adam and Tyke completely revamped his cover of Johnny Cash’s famous track, turning it into a beautiful love song. The waves will have to wait.

EARNED HIS SPOT

Funsho was cut by Adam and found a new place on Team Blake and we don’t think he’s going anywhere anytime soon. Showing up with his game face on, Funsho made The Weeknd’s “Earned It” his own and ended the performance with a celebratory fist in the air like a fighter who knows the decision is about to go in his favour. Carey gave Funsho multiple notes on his performance and he was one of the few singers who asked her to clarify exactly what she meant, which was smart, because Mariah doesn’t just hand out advice on a whim. We probably would have just nodded and then blacked out.

GOT A SHOE FROM ADAM

We’re really gonna need a gif of Patrique Fortson exclaiming “Shut your mouth” upon first view of Mariah Carey. Same, Patrique. The soul singer managed to pull himself together and deliver a performance of Aerosmith’s “Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” that earned a sneaker toss from Adam. We love the sentiment, but it means more when J Hud does it. High heeled boots are brutal to get on and off. Sneakers can slide off at a moments notice. But back to Patrique. Wow. Give the man a phone book and he can sing it.

EARNED A DOUBLE SAVE

Keith Paulso may be the dark horse of this season of The Voice. After being blocked from Team Adam by Blake during the Blind Auditions, Blake cut Keith, who was scooped up by Adam. On Monday night, Adam chose Tyke James over Keith and then tried to save him, but Kelly also pushed her button and Keith decided to go for coach number three. Honestly, we didn’t really *get* how Keith was collecting all the coaches on this season of The Voice (trade them with your friends!) but we finally heard just how special Keith’s voice is with his performance of Ray Lamontange’s “You Are The Best Thing.” We’ve drunk the Keith Kool-Aid and are digging his rocker John Mayer vibe.

MADE MARIAH CRY

Go to any country in the world and you’ll likely find that most people know the Bee Gees single “How Deep Is Your Love.” What you won’t find is someone who can sing it and make Mariah Carey cry, which is exactly what MaKenzie Thomas did with her slowed down, soulful rendition of the 70’s hit. Taking out all the cheesiness and replacing it with pure emotion, MaKenzie sounded like Mariah Carey and Celine Dion had a baby and named it Adele. Slay all day, MaKenzie.

STANDINGS AFTER NIGHT ONE OF THE KNOCK OUTS

TEAM KELLY

Zaxai – Advancing to Knockouts

Kymberli Joye – Advancing to Knockouts

Keith Paulso  – Stolen from Team Adam

Cody Ray Raymond – Left Show For Personal Reasons

Chevel Shepherd

Abby Cates

Claire DeJean

Sarah Grace

TEAM JENNIFER

MaKenize Thomas – Advancing to Knockouts

Mike Parker – Eliminated

SandyRedd – Saved by Team J Hud

Patrique Fortson – Advancing to Knockouts

Tyshawn Colquitt

Franc West

Anthony Arya

Kennedy Holmes

TEAM BLAKE

Natasia GreyCloud – Stolen from Team Kelly

Funsho – Advancing to Knockouts

Katrina Cain – Eliminated

Dave Fenley

Chris Kroeze

Colton Smith

Michael Lee

Kirk Jay

Kameron Marlowe

TEAM ADAM

Tyke James – Advancing to Knockouts

Reagan Strange – Advancing to Knockouts

Radha – Saved by Team Adam

Delaney Silvernell

Jake Wells

Steve Memmolo

DeAndre Nico

 

Watch The Voice every Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/MT on CTV TWO. Catch up with new episodes online the day after broadcast.