'The Voice': Taylor Swift Guest Mentors as Knockout Round Begins

The 'Shake It Off' hitmaker is almost brought to tears when watching Damien's emotional rendition of 'How Do I Live?' during rehearsal, and advises Taylor Phelan to get rid of his guitar.

AceShowbiz - %cTaylor Swift% probably helped boost "The Voice" ratings on Monday, October 27 as she served as guest mentor for the Knockout round. Donning a black number, she appeared during rehearsals to share some advice to the contestants.

%cAdam Levine% pitted Damien against Toia Jones that night. Damien picked %cLeAnn Rimes%'s "How Do I Live?" and his performance in rehearsal wowed Taylor. "You are so amazing, I want to cry," she said, telling him to show exactly the same emotion when he performed for the competition. Toia went with %cBeyonce Knowles%' "Crazy in Love", and she was advised to embrace the "crazy" of the song rather than the "love."

After the actual performances, all four judges raved about Toia's cover of "Crazy in Love". However, coach Adam chose Damien for making a risky song choice.

%cGwen Stefani% had her members Bryana Salaz and Sugar Jones competing for a spot on the live shows. Bryana opted for "Heart Attack" by %cDemi Lovato%, and Taylor told her that conveying emotion was more important than "showing off." Sugar went with Beyonce's "Love on Top". Gwen decided to keep Bryana, but Sugar was saved by %cPharrell Williams% who stole her.

Pharrell himself pitted DaNica Shirey againts Katriz Trinidad, and Luke Wade against Taylor Phelan. DaNica covered %cWhitney Houston%'s "Saving All My Love". Taylor liked her insecurity and shared a tip about the right time to move her legs. Katriz showed her technical skill with "Superwoman" by %cAlicia Keys%, but Pharrell chose his "unicorn," Shirey.

Luke did "Rich Girl" by %cHall & Oates%. Taylor gushed that his tone was perfect. Taylor P. sang "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit and the guest mentor told him to "put the guitar down." She said, "It's a teddy bear." Pharrell picked Wade, but the other coaches quickly hit their buzzers to steal Taylor P. The married father and graphic designer chose Adam as his new coach because the %cMaroon 5% frontmans's "been fighting for [him] every round."

Blake Shelton's proteges Jessie Pitts and Tanner Linford went head to head. The former sang %cEllie Goulding%'s arrangement of %cElton John%'s "Your Song", while the latter covered "Calling All Angels" by %cTrain%. %cBlake Shelton% chose Jessie because "she's a little more ready," he said.

The Knockout round continues Tuesday at 8 P.M. on NBC.

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