Kelly Clarkson Bugs Out During Contestant's Bee Gees Cover
Joshua Patton 11/7/2018
When Makenzie Thomas was about 11 years old, what seemed to be yet another in a long line of reality competition shows premiered on NBC. Today, Makenzie is one of the contestants on the 15th season of the show, and her story shows why this show soars while its competitors struggle to stay fresh.
What makes the show so unique is that rather than celebrity "judges," The Voice has "coaches." It's been weeks and weeks of the show, and no one has yet been eliminated. Even when they are eliminated, it doesn't mean forever.
Makenzie grew up watching shows like American Idol and The Voice, so it was like a dream come true to audition for the latter show last year. She didn't make the cut, but remember these are coaches and not judges. They gave her advice, which she took to heart.
She practiced, performing with a gospel band and working on her stage fright.
So, when Makenzie tried out again this season, she ended up on Jennifer Hudson's team. With some coaching from Hudson and pop diva Mariah Carey, Makenzie practiced her number. When she performed a dress rehearsal of the song, "How Deep is Your Love" by the Bee Gees, Mariah ended up with tears in her eyes.
So, when Makenzie took the stage on the most recent episode, she was more confident than ever before. "How Deep Is Your Love" is a very complicated song to sing, with a wide range and lots of difficult transitions to hit.
However, Makenzie didn't come to The Voice to play games. With a laser-tight focus, she put power behind her soft, lilting vocals.
After the song was over, her coach Jennifer Hudson sang (not literally) her praises. She praised Makenzie's hard work and told her that she was a skilled singer.
What's so impressive about the performance is that rather than big notes and big vocals, this song requires a kind of quiet. The Bee Gees were known for their vocal range, so this makes sense. It takes real skill to hit some of those notes.
Throughout the whole song competing coach Kelly Clarkson (herself the first winner of American Idol) expressed delight. Yet, at one moment she reacted in a way that can only be described as "bugged out."
She explained it to Makenzie after the performance. "Miss Thing, I legit got a leg cramp...I turned around, I didn’t know where to go. The one riff went to the Lord, said hello, came back down, gave me a leg cramp," she said, as Makenzie laughed at the compliment.
No one can know if Makenzie will take home the trophy at the end of this season, but this song proves that she has what it takes to do it.