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‘The Voice’ Recap: Kelly Clarkson Gets Emotional as the Knockouts End

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

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The Voice Season 21 returned for the final round of the Knockouts on Monday night, as the coaches were once again joined by Mega Mentor Ed Sheeran. Team members went up against each other to determine who would move on to the Live Playoffs.


Blake Shelton was the only coach with a steal left to use for the Knockouts, and he finally used it during tonight’s show. Another memorable moment from Monday’s episode came when Kelly Clarkson broke down in tears over one of the performances.

Tonight, The Voice also announced that fans have the opportunity to bring one eliminated contestant back for the Live Playoffs. Each coach chose one artist to put up for fan vote, open now on Twitter.

Kelly Clarkson Breaks Down in Tears During ‘The Voice’ Knockouts

The first Knockout of the night was on John Legend’s team. He paired up Shadale and Samara Brown. Samara performed “The Best” by Tina Turner, while Shadale sang “Impossible” by Shontelle. Both artists delivered powerhouse performances, but there was something special about Shadale’s take on her song.


Clarkson was especially moved by the performance, as it actually brought tears to her eyes. She took a second to compose herself before giving her feedback, but soon enough she was back to crying, and could barely get her words out. She praised the emotion Shadale brought to the song.

Legend agreed with Clarkson’s assessment, comparing Shadale to Mary J. Blige. He chose Shadale as the winner, meaning Samara was eliminated. However, she’s up for the Comeback vote, so it might not be the end of the road just yet.

Team Ariana Besties Go Up Against Each Other

Ariana Grande chose to pair up Bella DeNapoli and Katherine Ann Mohler for a Knockout during Monday night’s episode. The two artists happen to be friends, with Katherine describing them as “super close.” That made the matchup bittersweet, since one of them would likely be eliminated.


Bella performed “Chandelier” by Sia, bringing her own unique flavor to the song. Katherine, meanwhile, sang an interesting version of “Poison” by Bell Biv DeVoe. Legend summed it up by saying that the arrangement didn’t always work for him, but he admired her for taking the risk.

The artists held hands on stage as the coaches shared their thoughts. Shelton commented that they’re “clearly going to have Thanksgiving together this year,” adding that he thought this was the “most equal Knockout round of the entire season.” Ultimately, Grande chose Bella as the winner, meaning Katherine was sadly eliminated.

SEE ALSO: BLAKE SHELTON ELIMINATES 17-YEAR-OLD CARSON PETERS FROM ‘THE VOICE’

Blake Shelton Finally Uses His Knockouts Steal

Just like in the Battles earlier this season, Shelton was the last coach to use his steal. When the final Knockout of the night began, he still hadn’t hit his button, so we knew that either Jershika Maple or Paris Winningham on Team Legend would be stolen.

Legend stole Jershika from Clarkson’s team during the Battles. She performed “Inseparable” by Natalie Cole. During rehearsals, Sheeran called her his “favorite.” Paris, meanwhile, performed “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton. Sheeran said that if he had a steal, he would choose one of them, calling both artists “the cream of the crop.”

Jershika delivered a killer performance that left Ariana Grande’s mouth agape. Paris totally held his own, showing off incredible emotion and unbelievable range. Clarkson said it would be disrespectful to sit down afterward. It was a nearly impossible decision for Legend, but he ultimately chose to keep Jershika on his team.

Thankfully, Paris wasn’t eliminated, because Shelton chose to steal him for his own team. He said Paris was “perfect” for his team after hearing him sing a country song. We’re so excited to see what Jershika and Paris have up their sleeves for the live shows.

‘The Voice’ Comeback Vote Is Open Now

Voting is open now for The Voice Comeback. Each coach chose one eliminated contestant to potentially be brought back for the live shows — Vaughn Mugol on Team Ariana, Aaron Hines on Team Kelly, Samara Brown on Team Legend, and Hailey Green on Team Blake.

You can tweet once per artist with the hashtag #VoiceComeback and the artist’s first name. You can also retweet the designated tweets on The Voice‘s Twitter account. Voting closes at 7 am ET on Tuesday morning.

With Knockouts coming to an end, we’re ready for the Live Playoffs to begin next week. Let us know your thoughts about tonight’s performances in the comments below.

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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