The Knockout round has returned on Season 17 of The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on CTV2) and that means it’s back to coaches Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend getting one steal each in order to make their team the best it can be. And the best the teams can be is pretty incredible thanks to mega-mentor (like a regular mentor, but mega) Taylor Swift, who has returned to The Voice after a few more albums and Grammy wins, because that’s how T Swift does it. Monday’s episode of The Voice had a little something for everyone, especially Swifties.
THE COUNTRY STAR
When Taylor Swift tells you to stop swaying and stand still in front of a mic stand, you stop swaying and stand still. Jake Hoot, whose fans will henceforth unfortunately be known as The Hooters, delivered one of the most emotional performances of the night with his incredible rendition of Jason Isbell’s “Cover Me Up.” She may not be country anymore, but Taylor still knows how to get the best out of cowboys.
Regardless of what genre of music you listen to, a moment that surely touched all viewers on Monday didn’t include a specific song as the show continues the tradition of being a proper tearjerker. Instead, it was Team Kelly’s Melinda telling Taylor that her brother Chris was currently undergoing a heart transplant and wouldn’t let Melinda leave The Voice on the slight chance the mentor was in fact T-Swift herself. And how much of a Swiftie is Chris? Enough of a fan to have all seven of Taylor’s album titles as tattooed. Goosebumps for everyone!
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THE FOLK SINGER
This season of The Voice has been focusing more on the most improved singers as opposed to the singers who arrived pitch perfect and ready for the recording studio. In the case of Team Blake’s Cali, she didn’t have the same diva range and Mariah Carey-notes as her opponent Marina Chello, but she showed an incredible amount of improvement in terms of opening up her voice and her emotions for her performance of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Games.” The new trend of following the interesting voices instead of the traditionally radio-friendly voices makes for an interesting season that takes all bets off the table.
THE BLUES LOVER AND THE POP PRINCE
Katie Kadan was born to sing rock and blues, so her song choice of “Piece of My Heart” felt like a no-brainer. As Blake said, the roof has to be prepared every time Katie performs. It was a total dad joke, but he’s not wrong. Few artists can fire up a crowd like Katie and it’s safe to say there aren’t many people on the radio, let alone in the world, that sound like her. On the other end of the musical spectrum is Max Boyle. Just about everyone including John felt bad for Team Legend’s Max Boyle, who had to face off against Katie. Rising to the occasion, Max opted to step away from his upbeat pop tracks and instead went for Billie Eilish’s raw and vaulnerable “When The Party’s Over.” It was a risky decision that paid off, with Max’s beautiful falsetto scoring him a double steal by Gwen and Kelly, with Max choosing Team Kelly (Legend initially blocked Clarkson from getting Max during the Blind Auditions). No one is feeling bad for Max anymore.
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The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on CTV2.