Taylor Swift, who served as a guest mentor on The Voice Season 7, returned to the popular series this Monday (October 28th) as the Season 17 Knockout Rounds’ “Mega-Mentor.” Closing out the Battles, Normani, Will.i.am, Usher and Darius Rucker mentored teams from Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, John Legend and Blake Shelton respectively, with the multi-Grammy winner joining as an extra special consultant.
After giving each contestant the chance to battle, they entered into the knockout portion of the show. The first action came from Team Blake where Cali Wilson and Marina Chello (who was one of Shelton’s saves during the Battles) went up against each other. Wilson sang “Wicked Game,” and Chello sang “I (Who Have Nothing)” – both securing a standing ovation from all four coaches. Legend praised the subtlety of Wilson’s performance, but also the tight control that Chello had. Shelton ultimately chose Wilson as the winner.
Team Kelly’s Melinda Rodriguez and Jake Hoot were up next, with Hoot singing “Cover Me Up” and Rodriguez singing “Always Be My Baby.” Swift and Clarkson worked with both artists to arrange the songs to play to their strengths and the coaches were impressed by both, but Clarkson ultimately went with Hoot. Those events were just the start, as knockouts continue tonight on NBC.