Kelly Clarkson saved a singer from Western New York on “The Voice.”
Cami Clune, a 20-year-old singer from Buffalo, competed against fellow Team Legend member John Holiday during the knockout round Tuesday. Clune slayed a cover of “I Put a Spell on You,” but Holiday hit some huge notes on the Eric Carmen/Celine Dion power ballad “All by Myself.”
John Legend said both performances were flawless, but he said Holiday had defeated Clune and would move on to the next round.
Clarkson, however, used her final steal to keep Clune in the competition.
“I would like to say thank you to John for screwing up, because you are awesome, and I cannot wait to go through songs with you,” Clarkson said.
“I stole Cami because I think she’s the dark horse right now, y’all. And I can’t believe she was up to steal.”
Clune previously got a four-chair turn during the blind auditions on NBC’s singing competition with a stunning rendition of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love.” Clarkson was first to turn her chair, after hearing less than five seconds of Clune’s voice, shortly followed by Legend, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton.
“I got my first tattoo in Buffalo, New York,” Clarkson told Clune during the auditions. “I was on tour and I was like, ‘My mom’s gonna kill me.’ My body is a temple still, Mom. To sound that ethereal and angelic and I thought ‘Oh my God, there’s no one like you on the show.’”
Clune is from the Buffalo suburb of Amherst — though she told the show she’s from Buffalo — and has been performing around Western New York for several years. She’s sung the national anthem before Buffalo Bills and Sabres games, founded a charity called Backyard Broadway, and acted in a short movie called “Blink of an Eye,” filmed in Buffalo.
“The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.