NBC’s The Voice returned on Monday evening (May 4) with the first round of live-to-tape, at-home performances. The Top 17 contestants, along with coaches Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, John Legend and Nick Jonas, and Mega Mentor James Taylor, appeared from their homes, while host Carson Daly appeared from The Voice stage in front of four empty coaches’ chairs.
The contestants, who received cameras and studio equipment from producers, showcased their vocals from various at-home spaces, with some of the performances even giving off music video-like vibes with colored lights and various video filters.
Team Kelly’s Mandi Thomas, who previously wowed the coaches with her performance of Maren Morris’ “My Church,” took on another country song this week, performing Lee Ann Womack’s iconic hit, “I Hope You Dance.”
Thomas’ soaring vocals were put on full display throughout the performance and once again impressed coach Kelly Clarkson.
“You can sing anything, that’s the amazing thing about you and having you on my team,” Clarkson gushed after Thomas’ performance. “I’m so, so very proud of you tonight. I hope you are of yourself as well.”
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.
Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, airing at 8/7 c on NBC, will reveal the overnight viewer vote. Thanks to fan votes, one contestant from each team will be safe. Each coach will then select one additional singer to move to the next round. One singer from each team will also be eligible to compete in the Wildcard Instant Save round for the final spot on next week’s Top 9.