Kelly Clarkson Breaks Down in Tears on ‘The Voice’ After Contestant ‘Kills’ Her Song

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Kelly Clarkson Breaks Down in Tears on ‘The Voice’ After Contestant ‘Kills’ Her Song
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Kelly Clarkson's emotions took over during Monday's episode of The Voice.

The beginning of the latest knockout round episode opened with Team Kelly contestants Corey Ward and Ryleigh Modig facing off. Though Corey took a big risk opting to sing Kelly's own hit "Already Gone," the singer's gutsy move paid off in the end. During rehearsals, Kelly was blown away by Corey's rendition of the 2009 hit.

"How dare you come out here and kill my song?" Kelly joked with Corey behind the scenes. Meanwhile, guest mentor Snoop Dogg admitted to getting chills from Corey's performance.

For Kelly, the song takes on a new meaning in light of her ongoing divorce from her husband of seven years, Brandon Blackstock. Kelly filed for divorce in June of 2020 and has acknowledged that the split has been "horribly sad" for her. The couple have a daughter River, 6, and son Remington, 5, together.

"When I wrote 'Already Gone,' I was going through something and I thought, 'It's okay, you know, it doesn't always have to work out,'" Kelly reflected on the show. "Hearing him sing that to me in my life now—are you, like, smacking me in the face with my message?"

When Corey took the stage for his official knockout performance in front of fellow coaches Blake Shelton, John Legend and Nick Jonas, the contestant delivered a rendition of the song that was just a moving as it was in rehearsals. Despite also loving Ryleigh's take on "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon, Kelly ended up choosing Corey to advance to the next round.

"Corey versus Ryleigh, that was hard for me. But when Corey came out singing my song better than me, how do you not pick that artist?" Kelly reasoned.

Lucky for Ryleigh, all three coaches opted to steal the singer for their own teams. In the end, Ryleigh chose John as her new coach and walked off the stage with her head held high.

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