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How “Phenomenal Talent” Claudia B. “Goosed Every Bump” and Got a Save and Steal

Claudia B. performed "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones and prompted a Steal and a Save during her Knockout on The Voice.

By James Grebey

When Claudia B. was rehearsing for her Knockout performance on The Voice, she announced that she was hoping “that John regrets letting me go when he hears me play the piano.” The singer had previously been on Team Legend but had been Stolen by Niall Horan after her original Coach gave her competitor, Mara Justine, the win during the Battle round. It’s fair to say that Claudia B. did indeed make John Legend regret letting her go, as he attempted to Steal her back only to be thwarted by Horan’s Save.

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For her Knockout, Claudia B. was up against Huntley, who performed Bon Jovi’s “Dead or Alive,” and Noah Spencer, who sang The SteelDrivers’ “Where Rainbows Never Die.” Claudia B. elected to perform “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones, explaining that it was the first song she learned how to play on the Piano by ear. 

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“I wanted to show my jazzy side,” she explained. “I’m hoping to showcase something the Coaches hadn’t heard from me so far.”

Mega Mentor Wynnona Judd was certainly impressed during rehearsals, remarking that “every goosebump that can be goosed is goosed.”

“You’ve got something that’s rare, that breathiness,” Judd continued. “You’re what I listen to when I’m not singing. I’m in love with you, I have no notes.”

Watch Claudia B. sing "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones on The Voice Season 24 Knockouts

Claudia B. performs on The Voice Episode 2412

Claudia B. led off the trio of Knockout performances, and Legend, her former Coach, was excited to see her killing it on the stage. 

“Claudia, we’ve worked together, obviously, you’ve been on Team Legend, but this was the first time I felt like I got to see the full you in all of your glory,” Legend said after the performance. “The musicianship, the creativity — I absolutely loved it.”

Coach Gwen Stefani also praised Claudia B., as did Coach Reba McEntire.

“You sounded so much like Norah, and then you took off on your own style,” McEntire said. “I enjoyed it even more, I’m a huge fan.”

Legend and Stefani didn’t even attempt to name who they would’ve chosen as the winner of the Knockout were they in Horan’s seat. All three performances were too good. (McEntire, however, leaned toward Spencer.) Ultimately, it was Horan’s difficult choice to make. 

“I didn’t think it was possible to sweat through a black shirt. But, I’m giving it a good go today,” a visibly stressed Horan said. “That’s the best knockout I’ve ever seen on this show. Claudia, that was magic. I feel like I was in the corner at a jazz bar somewhere.”

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Horan did name Huntley as the winner — but his wish that none of the three Artists would have to leave The Voice just yet came true. As soon as they had the chance, Horan and Legend slammed their buttons in a bid to Save/Steal Claudia B. 

“Let’s hear from John,” Claudia B. said when waiting to hear the two Coaches’ pitches for which one of them she should pick. “I’m going to make Niall sweat a little bit.”

“I really understand the style of music that you want to do, and I feel like I can help you get there. So, that’s all I’m going to say,” Legend said to his former team member.

“Today we found out the record you’re going to make,” countered Horan. “What you’re up to is on a different planet. Please just stay with me.”  

Claudia B. said she “adored” working with Legend, but that she hadn’t had enough time working with Horan. So, she opted to stick with her new Coach.

“When I heard Claudia play the piano the way she did and sing so beautifully, I had to press the button and save her,” Horan said after the performance. “Sorry Johnny Boy, you should have never let Claudia leave in the Battles. She’s all mine now.” 

And, although Horan couldn’t save Spencer, the third member of his team in the Knockout, he made it to the next round, too, thanks to a Double Steal, which Reba eventually won. All in all a pretty strong Knockouts showing for Team Niall tonight.