The Voice Knockout Rounds returned Monday evening (April 20) with contestants once again going head-to-head for a shot at advancing to the next round. The stakes were high when Team Kelly’s Mandi Thomas faced off against Anaya Cheyenne, but Thomas’ soulful cover of Maren Morris’ “My Church” won Kelly Clarkson over.
“That song is rangey, but you took it even higher, you made it even rangier,” Clarkson gushed over her performance, adding, “Which is what?! So crazy good!”
Thomas, a resident of Memphis, Tennessee, is a vocal teacher at the Vision Academy of Performing Arts in Cordova, Tenn. According to reports, she tried to land a slot on several singing competitions and never got her chance until now when Clarkson recognized her talent on The Voice.
Before airing the highly anticipated live shows, The Voice will return on April 27 with a recap episode showcasing the current contestants’ journeys from the blind auditions to the live rounds. Live episodes will begin May 4. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the live shows will find the coaches and contestants competing remotely.