In case you missed it, Mariah Carey is this season’s Knockouts adviser on The Voice! And last night she made her triumphant first appearance, with coaches and contestants alike fangirling over the iconic diva. But the feeling was somewhat mutual! During one of the rehearsals, a contestant brought Mariah to tears.
So who was it? And how did it happen? Let’s take a look at the clip:
That’s right, it was…MaKenzie Thomas!
And it’s worth taking a look back at MaKenzie’s incredible journey to the Knockouts this season. MaKenzie auditioned last season with Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” but failed to turn any chairs. She came back this season, singing “Big White Room” by Jessie J. This time around, she managed to get Jennifer Hudson’s chair to turn! MaKenzie then covered “Always Be My Baby” by Mariah Carey in the Battles. So Mariah being the Knockouts adviser was huge for MaKenzie, who looks up to her a lot.
For MaKenzie’s Knockouts performance, she chose to sing “How Deep is Your Love” by the Bee Gees. But she slowed it down and made it her own, adding runs and backed by only a guitar. When MaKenzie finished the song in her rehearsal, Marey Carey said, “You’re making me cry over here!” Then JHud and MaKenzie both freaked out over her tearing up! And understandably so. To have someone as talented as Mariah Carey cry from your performance is a huge compliment. Mariah walked onto the stage, wiping tears from her eyes as she went to give MaKenzie a hug.
Mariah then gushed, “I love MaKenzie…I like this version of the song. I would buy it.” And went on to say, “You feel genuine to me, that’s what I love.” MaKenzie could hardly contain her excitement over the sentiment! She would go on to beat Mike Parker in the Knockouts to earn a spot in the Live Shows. In my opinion, her Knockouts performance was even better than what we heard from the rehearsal! MaKenzie is a force to be reckoned with this season and we now know that Mariah Carey herself acknowledges that.
For the full recap of last night’s episode, and to see where the teams stand, read our Knockouts Premiere, Part 1 recap!