The Voice: Kelly Clarkson gushes over 'small town' teenage singer Britton Buchanan as top 12 perform
Kelly Clarkson got a little gooey over 18-year-old Britton Buchanan on Monday's episode of The Voice.
Britton, a North Carolina folk-rocker, performed Small Town by John Mellencamp.
'I come from a small town,' said the smiley teen who caused the crowd to explode with his performance.
High praise: Kelly Clarkson gushed over teenage singer Britton Buchanan on Monday's episode of The Voice as the top 12 performed
'You're like the coolest person ever…I mean you're 18-years-old, owning all these women in here,' gushed Kelly.
'You're born to be on stage,' added the 35-year-old Stronger singer.
'Your destiny is to be here,' raved Kelly's fellow judge Alicia Keys.
Britton's performance was part of a night of singing from season 14's top 12 contestants.
Small town: The North Carolina singer performed Small Town by John Mellencamp
Hitting home: Britton hails from a small town and connected with the song
Top twelve: Kyla Jade, Pryor Baird, Spensha Baker, Brynn Cartelli, D.R. King, Kaleb Lee, Christiana Danielle, Britton, Jackie Foster, Sharane Calister, Rayshun Lamar and Jackie Verna made up the top 12
Each contestant had to choose a track that held some personal meaning for them.
First up was Rayshun LaMarr from Adam Levine's team.
The 33-year-old Maryland native did When Love Takes Over.
First up: Rayshun Lamarr was first up and sang When Love Takes Over
'Rayshun just continues to amp it up more, every single time,' said Adam, calling him the new 'frontrunner.'
Next was Kelly's 31-year-old country artist Kaleb Lee with Lonestar's Amazed.
'It feels regretful,' said his former coach Blake Shelton.
Country singer: Kaleb Lee hit the stage and sang Lonestar's Amazed
Alicia's protégée Jackie Foster did a new arrangement of the Britney Spears hit songToxic.
'I love you, I dream of those moments,' Kelly told the 21-year-old Bostonian.
'This was killer, you nailed it,' said Alicia.
New arrangement: Jackie Foster performed a new arrangement of Toxic by Britney Spears
Singing superstar: Alicia Keys told Jackie that she 'nailed it'
Team Blake's Spensha Baker was next with Trisha Yearwood's Down On My Knees.
'It's really rare that a singer has it all…you just have it all,' Adam told the 26-year-old Ohio native.
Blake praised her 'authenticity.'
Country artist: Spensha Baker went with Trisha Yearwood's Down On My Knees
Alicia's 'double save' Christiana Danielle, a 22-year-old from Indiana, did Say Something by A Great Big World.
'The low tones in your voice are so magical,' said Kelly.
Next was Cleveland soul singer D.R. King with Dido's White Flag.
Double saved: Christiana Danielle performed Say Something by A Great Big World
'You have so many layers,' Blake told the 34-year-old contestant.
'I want to hear the record that you're going to make,' raved Kelly.
Sharane Calister, of Team Adam, did the new Shawn Mendes song In My Blood.
Multiple layers: D.R. King wore a striped suit while singing Dido's White Flag
Lady in red: Sharane Callister performed the new Shawn Mendes song In My Blood
'Really proud of you,' Alicia told the 24-year-old Iowan.
Blake's construction worker Pryor Baird did a country song as he chose Keith Anderson's Pickin' Wildflowers.
Kelly was overwhelmed by the 35-year-old Californian.
Construction worker: Pryor Baird did a country song as he chose Keith Anderson's Pickin' Wildflowers
'Every time you sing I just want to get my man and go out and have a good time,' she grinned.
'I love the passion,' agreed Blake.
Team Kelly's 15-year-old Brynn Cartelli tried a rendition of Up To The Mountain by Patty Griffin.
Teen talent: Brynn Cartelli, 15, tried a rendition of Up To The Mountain by Patty Griffin
'From another planet,' cooed Alicia, who called the Massachusetts native 'mysterious'.
Adam's 28-year-old country singer Jackie Verna did Avril Lavigne's I'm With You.
'You do come with that country angle…you're a great singer sis,' Blake told the Pennsylvania resident.
Country singer: Jackie Verna did Avril Lavigne's I'm With You
'You are amazing,' chimed in Adam.
Kyla Jade, Team Blake's 33-year-old Nashville vocalist, did One Night Only by Jennifer Hudson as the last performer.
'Welcome to the front of the stage…let's start mowing them down,' shouted Blake, who urged Kyla to leave her insecurities at the door.
The Voice continues on Tuesday on NBC.
Last performer: Kyla Jade did One Night Only by Jennifer Hudson to finish the performances
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