Blake Shelton Stole Singer From Kelly Clarkson’s Team And Had Her Perform Kelly’s ‘Breakaway’ In Knockouts

John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, and Blake Shelton from the voice.
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Blake Shelton stole singer Lauren Hall from Kelly Clarkson’s team during this season of The Voice. Then, with Shelton’s encouragement, Hall chose to perform Clarkson’s hit tune “Breakaway” during the show’s Knockouts performances.

“Lauren is going to be singing a Kelly Clarkson song in front of Kelly Clarkson. … Kelly is going to be staring at her when she’s singing this,” joked Shelton, who was clearly enjoying the irony of the situation.

USA Today reported that The Voice’s Mega Mentor Taylor Swift remarked, “I thought it’s funny that you stole her from Kelly and now she’s singing ‘Breakaway’ by Kelly Clarkson.”

Hall’s smoky version of Clarkson’s powerhouse song appealed to the panel of judges that includes Clarkson, Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and John Legend.

The original 2004 tune came out just two years after Clarkson won the first season of American Idol. It was released by Walt Disney Records as the first single from The Princess Diaries 2 soundtrack.

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Ironically, the song was written by superstar singer and performer Avril Lavigne alongside Bridget Benenate and Matthew Gerrard. The tune was originally written in 2001 for Lavigne’s first album titled Let Go but was never used.

Hall’s performance can be seen and heard below.

Clarkson appeared to really enjoy Hall’s take on her tune.

“When you started, you sing that better than I do, really. Especially, when I recorded that I was very young and didn’t … grasp what I was singing.”

In the end, Hall lost the Knockouts to Kat Hammock, who sang “Kiss Me,” a song originally performed by the band Sixpence None the Richer.

The Voice’s Knockout rounds are another way to eliminate the weaker singers in the show’s competition and allow those clearly ready to showcase their talents on a stage in front of a live audience.

There are five stages singers must hurdle as they compete on the long-running NBC reality competition singing series. Contestants must pass the Blind Auditions, the Battle Rounds, the Knockouts, and the Playoffs to get to the Live Performance shows.

The coaches have a good-natured rapport with one another, and fans enjoy the quips delivered between Shelton, Clarkson, Stefani, and Legend both on camera and on social media. Viewers particularly like to watch Shelton banter head-to-head with his fellow coaches.

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The Inquisitr recently reported that in a nod to his friendship with fellow The Voice coach Legend, who has become a good foil for Shelton’s humor both on and off camera, Shelton posted a silly photo of them to Instagram.

He posted a pic depicting them in the infamous scene from Titanic when lovers Jack and Rose stood on the bow of the ill-fated cruise ship with their arms stretched open wide. The photo can be seen below.

In the photo, Shelton was Jack and Legend portrayed Rose in a nod to the iconic movie scene.

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.