The Voice: Will Breman makes coach John Legend proud with live cover of Taylor Swift’s hit Style

Will Breman blew away the coaches on The Voice‘s live playoffs Monday as the show began to whittle the top 20 singers down to 13.

The 25-year-old singer from Santa Barbara, California, did a jazzy, improvisational version of Taylor Swift‘s Style that was barely recognizable, but impressively unique.

‘Will is so electric, his energy onstage is contagious,’ his coach, John Legend, 40, said earlier of the young man, with whom he had sung onstage in the blind auditions.

Proud coach: John Legend was a proud coach after his singer Will Breman did a jazzy, improvisational version of Taylor Swift's Style on Monday's episode of The Voice

Proud coach: John Legend was a proud coach after his singer Will Breman did a jazzy, improvisational version of Taylor Swift’s Style on Monday’s episode of The Voice

Will had been open with viewers about having grown up with Aspergers’ syndrome, saying ‘people don’t necessarily understand me at first.’

‘To have one of my biggest musical idols in my corner, it’s insane,’ he added, referring to John. ‘I really can’t put it into words.’

After his incredible performance at the playoffs, Will earned a standing ovation from all four coaches, which made him shout out with joy, eliciting cheers from the audience.

‘That was amazing,’ said Kelly Clarkson, 37, looking completely stunned as he finished singing. ‘You just won The Voice, the artist, the rad human. You won it all. So good!’

Unique rendition: Will impressed the judges with his jazzy rendition of Style

Unique rendition: Will impressed the judges with his jazzy rendition of Style

Blown away: Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, John and Blake Shelton were blown away by Will

Blown away: Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, John and Blake Shelton were blown away by Will

John was proud of his team member, saying: ‘I just feel so lucky I get to work with you, Will, because you’re so musical, you’re so inventive, you have so much charisma, you’re such a personality, you’re a true artist, and it’s a joy to watch you perform.’

Kelly also had a proud moment with her performer, Max Boyle, 23, whom she had stolen from John’s team and she had a confession to make.

‘I have never recorded a rehearsal on The Voice,’ she said. ‘And I listened to you last night before I went to bed. ‘Cause you are so talented, Max. I knew you were talented, but in rehearsal, I was like, ”You’re so, so gifted.” There’s no way you’re not going all the way.’

Killed it: Kelly also had a proud moment with her performer, Max Boyle, 23, whom she had stolen from John's team

Killed it: Kelly also had a proud moment with her performer, Max Boyle, 23, whom she had stolen from John’s team

The Toledo-born singer’s cover of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s Falling Slowly drew a standing ovation from all four judges.

Kelly compared his falsetto to Justin Timberlake and Jeff Buckley, calling him her ‘superman.’

Blake Shelton, 43, also had a real contender in Kat Hammock, 18, from Encinitas, California.

Real contender: Blake Shelton, 43, also had a real contender in Kat Hammock, 18, from Encinitas, California

Real contender: Blake Shelton, 43, also had a real contender in Kat Hammock, 18, from Encinitas, California

She blew the coaches away with her mesmerizing rendition of the Beach Boys song God Only Knows.

‘You’re so lucky,’ Gwen Stefani, 50, told Blake, as the coaches stood up for Kat. ‘I’m so jealous.’

‘I’ve known about this from the first time I heard your voice,’ Blake reminded his singer, calling her ‘one of the most unique human beings I have ever worked with on this show.’

So lucky: Gwen told her boyfriend Blake that he was lucky to have Kat

So lucky: Gwen told her boyfriend Blake that he was lucky to have Kat

‘America, if she does not get voted through tomorrow, you need your head examined,’ he added.

The show suffered from technical issues during the night, with the mic going out at the beginning of a set for another one of John’s artists, Marybeth Byrd, 18.

The ‘talented vocalist’ from Armorel, Arkansas remained ‘poised and so in control,’ as John had described her, with everyone glued to her cover of Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do.

Technical issues: The show suffered from technical issues during the night, with the mic going out at the beginning of a set for another one of John's artists, Marybeth Byrd, 18

Technical issues: The show suffered from technical issues during the night, with the mic going out at the beginning of a set for another one of John’s artists, Marybeth Byrd, 18

She also got a full standing ovation, singing so beautifully it ‘erased anything besides greatness,’ said Blake, who called it ‘one of my favorite performances of the night.’

‘Marybeth you just shocked me,’ John added. ‘Tonight was head and shoulders above anything that you’ve done.’

On Blake’s team, Gracee Shriver, 17, from Owasso, Oklahoma, was forced to ditch her guitar at the last second, for unknown reasons.

Teen talent: On Blake's team, Gracee Shriver, 17, from Owasso, Oklahoma, was forced to ditch her guitar at the last second, for unknown reasons.

Teen talent: On Blake’s team, Gracee Shriver, 17, from Owasso, Oklahoma, was forced to ditch her guitar at the last second, for unknown reasons.

She still impressed everyone with what her former coach Kelly called her ‘stellar storyteller voice’ on Lady Antebellum’s American Honey.

Team Blake’s singers opened the show, and like everyone else, the six-time show champion thought he had a good chance at winning again.

‘Team Blake is dominance,’ he said. ‘Every one on my team has a chance to make it into the finale.’

Ricky Duran, 29, from Austin, kicked off the evening with a rendition of John Mellencamp’s Small Town, which had Gwen calling him ‘a professional pop star.’

First up: Ricky Duran, 29, from Austin, kicked off the evening with a rendition of John Mellencamp's Small Town, which had Gwen calling him 'a professional pop star'

First up: Ricky Duran, 29, from Austin, kicked off the evening with a rendition of John Mellencamp’s Small Town, which had Gwen calling him ‘a professional pop star’

‘Every time Ricky gets on that stage, I know he’s going to kill it,’ said Blake, as John called him his favorite on Blake’s team.

Nashville’s Cali Wilson, 28, ‘knew how to take ideas and do it her own way,’ her coach said.

Her deep-voiced cover of Britney Spears’ Toxic drew mixed, but polite, reactions.

Own style: Nashville's Cali Wilson, 28, 'knew how to take ideas and do it her own way,' her coach said

Own style: Nashville’s Cali Wilson, 28, ‘knew how to take ideas and do it her own way,’ her coach said

‘Wow, Cali, after the last round’s performance of [Chris Isaak’s] Wicked Game, I never would have predicted that that would be your next performance,’ said John. ‘It was really different.’

‘I want everybody to know that that version of the song, that’s her invention,’ Blake revealed.

Ricky Braddy, 36, from Nashville, then sang Steve Winwood’s Roll With It, which had Blake praising the ‘energy’ and ‘power’ of his vocals.

Power vocals: Ricky Braddy, 36, from Nashville, then sang Steve Winwood's Roll With It, which had Blake praising the 'energy' and 'power' of his vocals

Power vocals: Ricky Braddy, 36, from Nashville, then sang Steve Winwood’s Roll With It, which had Blake praising the ‘energy’ and ‘power’ of his vocals

Team Gwen was full of what their coach described as ‘very lovable human beings.’

‘I’m back and this is my season to win,’ she announced.

First in her roster was Rose Short, 34, from Killeen, Texas, whom Gwen called a ‘major threat’ and ‘magical person,’ and John described as ‘a frontrunner.’

Show frontrunner: First in Gwen's roster was Rose Short, 34, from Killeen, Texas, whom her coach called a 'major threat' and 'magical person,' and John described as 'a frontrunner'

Show frontrunner: First in Gwen’s roster was Rose Short, 34, from Killeen, Texas, whom her coach called a ‘major threat’ and ‘magical person,’ and John described as ‘a frontrunner’

The coaches adored Rose’s sexy, funky version of Janet Jackson’s What Have You Done for Me Lately?, which had Kelly, Gwen and John dancing out of their seats.

Rose earned a standing ovation, and Kelly said: ‘You’re not even on my team, I can’t even sit down! That was so sexy… on top of the fact that that was a hell of a performance.’

‘I’m so proud of you,’ Gwen cheered the woman, styled to look like Janet herself. ‘I’m so proud to know you. Like, I can’t believe you are actually on my team.’

Standing ovation: The coaches adored Rose's sexy, funky version of Janet Jackson's What Have You Done for Me Lately? and gave her a standing ovation

Standing ovation: The coaches adored Rose’s sexy, funky version of Janet Jackson’s What Have You Done for Me Lately? and gave her a standing ovation

Kyndal Inskeep, 22, from Nashville, had the clear potential to be an alt-country superstar, with Gwen noting: ‘She just has so much style to her voice.’

Her cover of Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber’s 10,000 Hours wowed John with its ‘golden tones,’ and he noted, ‘I don’t think anyone else on the competition sounds exactly like you.’

Joana Martinez, 15, from Miami, sang Bebe Rexha’s You Can’t Stop the Girl, which recalled Gwen’s early comment that ‘the technical side of her voice is crazy.’

Superstar potential: Kyndal Inskeep, 22, from Nashville, had the clear potential to be an alt-country superstar, with Gwen noting: 'She just has so much style to her voice'

Superstar potential: Kyndal Inskeep, 22, from Nashville, had the clear potential to be an alt-country superstar, with Gwen noting: ‘She just has so much style to her voice’

The coach had stolen Joana from her boyfriend Blake’s team, and it was a good get—Joana was confident and expressive in a way that belied her youth.

She also scored a standing ovation, with Blake saying, ‘I knew this was gonna happen, and I’m happy for you—I’m happy that you make me regret letting you go.’

‘I’ve done some stupid things in my life, but that may be one of the stupidest.’

Hit show: Kelly, Gwen, John and Blake are the judges for season 17 of the NBC show

Hit show: Kelly, Gwen, John and Blake are the judges for season 17 of the NBC show

‘Blake, that’s our little girl,’ Gwen cried, before going on to compliment Joana’s vocal.

R&B singer Myracle Holloway, 44, from Los Angeles, CA, held the audience in awe with Oleta Adams’ Get Here, playing to one of her chief strengths.

‘She is able to connect with her feelings and really open up to people,’ Gwen noted before Myracle earned a standing ovation.

Fan favorite: R&B singer Myracle Holloway, 44, from Los Angeles, CA, held the audience in awe with Oleta Adams' Get Here

Fan favorite: R&B singer Myracle Holloway, 44, from Los Angeles, CA, held the audience in awe with Oleta Adams’ Get Here

Bluesy rocker Jake HaldenVang, 24, from Fort Mill, SC, was an ‘incredible singer,’ according to Gwen, and he surprised the crowd with a sensitive cover of Adele’s Turning Tables.

‘Your voice, man, it’s soulful, it’s rock and roll, it’s singer-songwriter, there’s literally a bit of everything in you,’ Kelly said.

She called this her ‘best season of singers,’ saying that everyone she had was ‘so gifted, and just flooring me.’

Sensitive cover: Bluesy rocker Jake HaldenVang, 24, from Fort Mill, SC, was an 'incredible singer,' according to Gwen, and he surprised the crowd with a sensitive cover of Adele's Turning Table

Sensitive cover: Bluesy rocker Jake HaldenVang, 24, from Fort Mill, SC, was an ‘incredible singer,’ according to Gwen, and he surprised the crowd with a sensitive cover of Adele’s Turning Table

‘My team is just so good,’ Kelly boasted. ‘We are the front runner this season.’

Out of the gate, her contestant Shane Q, 28, from Sacramento, California, flubbed the first line of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.

He still went on to fulfill Kelly’s promise that he would be ‘one of those singers that’s undeniable,’ which had made her predict that he would be in the finals.

Rough start: Shane Q, 28, from Sacramento, California, flubbed the first line of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You

Rough start: Shane Q, 28, from Sacramento, California, flubbed the first line of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You

‘You’re probably sick of hearing compliments from all of us, but you’re going to be around this show for a while, there is no doubt about it,’ Blake said.

Hello Sunday’s cover of Adele’s Hello, which they turned into a duet, was inventive but often fell out of tune as they got comfortable with being onstage.

Their ‘sister-like vibe and harmony’ made them a ‘powerhouse duo,’ Kelly said, as show mega-mentor Taylor Swift was shown crying during their knockout round rehearsal.

Dynamic duo: Hello Sunday's cover of Adele's Hello, which they turned into a duet, was inventive but often fell out of tune as they got comfortable with being onstage

Dynamic duo: Hello Sunday’s cover of Adele’s Hello, which they turned into a duet, was inventive but often fell out of tune as they got comfortable with being onstage

‘All I can think of is my son Kingston singing Green Day in the shower, and he’s 13,’ Gwen told the duo’s singers, Chelsea, 13, and Myla, 14, from Atlanta, GA. ‘You guys are incredible.’

Kelly acknowledged their problems with pitch, saying: ‘It was a bold song to pick… Even though sometimes you start shaky, you build, and you get to this beautiful, magnificent place.’

Damali, 16, from Norwalk, California, was the ‘dark horse’ on her team, Kelly suggested: ‘Her voice is so pure, but raw.’

Teen talent: Damali, 16, from Norwalk, California, was the 'dark horse' on Kelly's team

Teen talent: Damali, 16, from Norwalk, California, was the ‘dark horse’ on Kelly’s team

Her performance of Lauren Daigle’s You Say was also a little off-key, but she recovered.

John said he loved the way she used small gestures to communicate the emotion of the song, noting, ‘You are fully telling the story and your voice sounds wonderful.’

‘I think you have no idea how much you’re capable of,’ Kelly said, as Damali teared up. ‘Girl, you need to believe more in yourself, because you are incredibly gifted.’

Kelly’s last artist was Jake Hoot, 30, from Cookeville, Tennessee, whom she called ‘a one-chair turn and one of the best country singers ever on this show.’

Last artist: Kelly's last artist was Jake Hoot, 30, from Cookeville, Tennessee, whom she called 'a one-chair turn and one of the best country singers ever on this show'

Last artist: Kelly’s last artist was Jake Hoot, 30, from Cookeville, Tennessee, whom she called ‘a one-chair turn and one of the best country singers ever on this show’ 

His version of Reba McEntire’s You Lied had Blake calling it a ‘hell of a job,’ and saying he ‘knocked it out of the park.’

‘You have such a killer range,’ Kelly added, saying of the song by Reba, her mother-in-law, ‘Not every singer can do what you did.’

John depicted his own team as ‘a really great combination’ of soul, rock, and R&B.

‘I’m going for another win,’ last season’s champ opined. ‘I want to win two in a row.’

Khalea Lynee, 36, a full-time mom who’d put music on the backburner, was described by her coach as a ‘gifted, gifted performer’ who made everything ‘look so easy and sound so easy.’

Gifted performer: Khalea Lynee, 36, a full-time mom who'd put music on the backburner, took on Love Like This by Faith Evans

Gifted performer: Khalea Lynee, 36, a full-time mom who’d put music on the backburner, took on Love Like This by Faith Evans

Her cover of Faith Evans’ Love Like This was smooth and soulful, and made her a contender.

‘Hearing her sing, you’re like, ‘What the world was missing out on!’ John noted, praising the St. Petersburg, Florida, singer’s ‘honey tone’ and saying he thought she could win the show.

Alex Guthrie’s ‘flexible’ voice served him well on Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You, which made Kelly feel ‘bummed,’ as John had stolen the 25-year-old from her team.

She thought the Marietta, Georgia, native would end up in the finale, and John agreed.

Bold song: Alex Guthrie's 'flexible' voice served him well on Alicia Keys' If I Ain't Got You

Bold song: Alex Guthrie’s ‘flexible’ voice served him well on Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You

Chicago artist Katie Kadan, 38, accompanied herself on keyboard for Lady Gaga’s Always Remember Us This Way, from A Star is Born.

‘We knew you had the power, but those tender moments were so beautiful tonight,’ John said.

The Voice will return on Tuesday on NBC with the results of viewer voting. 

On piano: Chicago artist Katie Kadan, 38, accompanied herself on keyboard for Lady Gaga's Always Remember Us This Way, from A Star is Born

On piano: Chicago artist Katie Kadan, 38, accompanied herself on keyboard for Lady Gaga’s Always Remember Us This Way, from A Star is Born

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