'The Voice' Season 18: Legendary James Taylor kicks off Live Playoffs, fans thank him for touching performance
The live playoff rounds began with mega coach James Taylor rendering an emotional performance on the song 'Shower the people you love with love'. All the contestants that he mentored during the knockout rounds featured on the performance, joining in from their respective homes around the country.
James and the contestants dedicated the former's 1976 hit as an ode to the healthcare workers working on the frontline during the pandemic.
The magical performance managed to strike a chord with the audiences. One of them wrote, "Of course #TheVoice knew that what I and the world needs right now is a show opening with #sweetbabyjames @JamesTaylor_com lots of #My whole life just an extension of your life's body of work and art. Somebody tell him thank you very much for me @NBCTheVoice."
While another wrote, "#TheVoice that was such a sweet intro opening #JamesTaylor may God bless and keep you now and for eternity. @thevoice."
Another fan tweeted, "#TheVoice @JamesTaylor_com Tonight's intro was PERFECTION/Touching/Much Needed. So wonderful that James Taylor is a coach at this time. Beautiful!"
Later on, Carson Daly appeared from the Voice stage, hosting directly out of the studio in Los Angeles with a limited crew. As for the coaches, coach Kelly Clarkson joined in from her ranch in Montana, while Blake Shelton tuned in from his Oklahoma home and coaches Nick Jonas and John Legend joined in from their Oklahoma homes too.
Blake mentioned that he "doesn't hate" working remotely as he's "never able to do so" while coach Clarkson said "being a working mom with 3 children running around is challenging" but she loves the fact that she's able to work from home. Coach Legend rued about the fact that he couldn't go out and revealed that he just "wants to eat some nice Italian food and drink some wine" while coach Nick considered himself lucky working from home and thanked the healthcare workers on the frontline.
The playoffs were set to begin but not before Carson announcing the results of the four-way knockout that featured on the April 20 episode.
Rocker Todd Michael from coach Shelton's team, Nelson Cade III from team Legend, Michael Williams from Jonas's team and Samantha Howell from Team Clarkson were up against each other.
Michael Williams advanced further in the competition after getting the maximum number of votes.