"The Voice" contestant Kelsie Watts too a huge risk when she chose to perform Kelly Clarkson's song "I Dare You" and left the country singer speechless.
Contestants who have performed Kelly Clarkson songs on "The Voice" have never fared well, but Kelsie Watts proved to be an exception. The former "America Idol" contestant took a chance, and it paid off.
Watts chose for her blind audition song Clarkson's recent April 2020 single, "I Dare You" and gave an interpretation that slowed it down, and managed to make the song her own.
Country star Kelly Clarkson during "The Voice's" Blind Auditions | Source: Getty Images
Clarkson's priceless reaction was captured during Watts' performance. Watts started singing the song, stripped down from its upbeat original version to a much more intimate, softer rendition and Clarkson's jaw dropped. She cried to her fellow judges:
"That's my song!"
As Watts' performance continued, Clarkson was clearly falling under the spell of the contestant's melodious voice, and as she hit a high note, the country star hit the red button to turn her chair around.
Gwen Stefani hit the button too, and Clarkson was on her feet urging Watts on to the grand finale of the song. Both Stefani and Clarkson wanted to mentor Watts but her choice fell on the country singer.
Another contestant who blew Clarkson away was Tamara Jade, who stunned the judges with a high octane rendition of Lizzo's "Cuz I Love You"
Stefani commented to Clarkson that she hardly ever turns around for people who perform her songs on "The Voice" and the country star agreed that it usually has the opposite effect. She said:
"I don’t. I’m very hard on them."
But Watts clearly won Clarkson over, and the singer told the aspiring star that she had made the song her own and that she would never dare to perform the same version on stage. Clarkson exclaimed:
"You cannot come out here and sing my song like that and not have me turn around (...) Oh my gosh, you just one-upped me on my own song."
Another contestant who blew Clarkson away was Tamara Jade, who stunned the judges with a high octane rendition of Lizzo's "Cuz I Love You" and got all four to spin her chairs and give her her pick of a mentor.
The 30-year-old Marylander was passionately wooed by all four coaches, and her choice finally fell on John Legend. Season 19 promises to be riveting, with sizzling hot new talents vying for stardom.