Taylor Swift was about the same age as Kelly Clarkson’s Voice duo Hello Sunday (13-year-old Chelsea and 14-year-old Myla) when she launched her music career, so when she served as the guest mentor during Monday’s The Voice Knockout Rounds, she couldn’t help but get emotional. The girls’ rehearsal of Ariana Grande’s mighty and challenging "Almost Is Never Enough" impressed Taylor so much, in fact, that she was moved to actual tears.
“I promise I'm OK in my personal life. This is not from some outside place!” Taylor joked as she dabbed at her eyes and Kelly was compelled to give her a sympathetic hug. “When I started out, I was 10 or 11 years old singing for people, but seeing young performers who so firmly have their musical identity figured out, I was so completely shattered by it. I fully fell apart. It was that good. … Literally, at any age, that would've moved me.”
Hello Sunday, who were practically in tears themselves over meeting their idol, couldn’t believe Taylor’s reaction. But that tender moment seemed to give the young, green singers a certain confidence that had been lacking from their frankly messy previous performances. “It assured us that we could actually move people when we singing,” Myla explained.
Onstage in the ring, Hello Sunday were vastly improved and incredibly focused. Their harmonies gelled in a way they never had before. And so, they wrested an unexpected upset victory from 25-year-old indie-rock singer Alex Guthrie, whose cover of Sam Smith’s “I’m Not the Only One” was mature, lovely, and genuinely soulful. Thankfully, John Legend stole Alex for his team, and then it was Alex’s time to shed a few happy tears. Hello, Monday!