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How Lila Forde “Sang the Crap Out” of Her Season 24 Knockout and Won: "Perfection"
"Everybody wants to hear a Lila record," John Legend declared on Monday night's episode of The Voice.
Lila Forde definitely delivered the fire and the rain on Monday night's episode of The Voice as she went up against fellow Team Legend members Stee and Deejay Young during 3-Way Knockouts. Stee sang "Pretty Wings" by Maxwell, while Deejay sank his vocals into "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)" by Mint Condition.
Forde picked "Fire and Rain" by James Taylor, because "it definitely brings out the artist that I wanna be," she explained ahead of the knockout (pun very much intended) performance. "The old school singer-songwriter folksy, soulful, rock ’n roll thing."
As you may recall, Forde nabbed a 4-Chair Turn during the Blind Auditions at the start of the season with a cover of "Can't Find My Way Home" by Blind Faith. "In the months leading up to Blinds, I was just hustling — playing my gigs, working on my record," Forde continued. "I’ve clocked so many hours playing those gigs in bars and hotel lobbies and now, I get to show it to these mega-celebrities. It’s pretty wild."
Watch Lila Forde Sing "Fire and Rain" by James Taylor on The Voice Season 24 Knockouts
All those hours of practice and paying her dues yielded some serious musical fruit once Reba McEntire picked Lila as the favorite out of the three Knockout hopefuls, stating: "You sang the crap out of it. It was just wonderful."
"Lila, I couldn't be a bigger fan of you if I tried," echoed returning champion Niall Horan. "I've already bought your record and you haven't even signed with anyone. Everything that you've put your hand to has just been perfection."
Spoiler alert: Ms. Forde is moving on to the Playoffs! "All the Coaches are salivating over Lila," Legend said. "Everybody wants to hear a Lila record. She's so musical, so creative, so artistic. She needs to keep going in this competition!"
The Coach decided against using his one Save for Deejay, who voiced his gratitude toward Legend before exiting the stage with grace. Stee, however, was stolen over to Team Gwen. "Stee is just a flawless singer," Stefani remarked. "I've wanted him since the Blinds. He just exudes this amazing positivity and joy."