Blake Shelton (‘The Voice’) advances Kat Hammock to live Playoffs after haunting ‘Kiss Me’ cover [WATCH]

Blake Shelton‘s latest Knockout pairing during Monday’s episode of “The Voice” was Kat Hammock, the 18-year-old who’s been on his team since day one, and Lauren Hall, the 25-year-old that he stole from Team Kelly Clarkson in the Battles. Following Kat’s haunting performance of “Kiss Me” and Lauren’s personal rendition of “Breakaway,” Blake made the agonizing decision to keep Kat and eliminate Lauren. Do you think Blake made the right choice? Watch “The Voice” video above and then sound off down in the comments section.

When it was Blake’s turn to critique the performances, he stated, “I’m really happy for both of you. This is a big stage and you both have handled this thing really well. Lauren, you know, one of the things that we talked about in rehearsal was I wish you would embrace that part of your voice that starts to break up. That’s the sweet spot.”

Moving on to Kat, Blake proclaimed, “I am literally blown away by your originality and your talent and how humble you are. The winner of this Knockout is Kat.” After hearing the good news, the college student expressed her gratitude backstage. “This is insane … I’m just blown away right now, I don’t know what to say.”

Before leaving “The Voice” for good, Lauren gave her goodbyes to Blake and former coach Kelly. “Thank you for stealing me and giving me a second chance,” she said while holding back tears. “I mean, singing this on this stage in front of [Kelly] is one of the best moments of my life.”

In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about the performance: “Kat’s up first with ‘Kiss Me’ and she’s beginning her performance seated at the keyboard. Her voice is so pure and pitch perfect, it’s instantly recognizable. Within 20 seconds of her performance I immediately thought, ‘this girl could win.’ She’s 18, likable and her voice isn’t powerful but it’s absolute fire. John can’t stop smiling as he watches her.”

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