“The Voice” coach Kelly Clarkson was out sick again for the Battle Rounds, Monday night. So her friend and season 16 team advisor Kelsea Ballerini continued filling in as the coach for Team Kelly. When she found out contestant Ainae Nielsen decided to become a professional singer after seeing The Weeknd in concert, she revealed she had a similar experience with Kelly.
“Like your ‘a-ha’ moment, I had that moment at a Kelly Clarkson show,” Ballerini told the contestant. “I was in the Civic Coliseum in Knoxville. She was singing "Behind These Hazel Eyes," and I was just like, ‘I have to do this with my life.’"
Ballerini has since gone on to have a very successful career in music, and she imparted on the contestants that someday they might inspire future generations to do the same.
“Whether you're singing in a coffee shop or an arena, you can give someone that moment like I had with Kelly and like what you had with The Weeknd,” Ballerini said. “And like, that's just a really cool gift to give someone.”