When The Voice contestants Carter Rubin, 14, and Larriah Jackson, 15, went face-to-face for the knockout rounds on Monday night (Nov. 16), they blew their coach Gwen Stefani away with their perfectly harmonious rendition of Meghan Trainor and John Legend’s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.”
“I’m gonna quit now,” she joked after the jaw-dropping performance, knowing that she eventually had to choose one of the contestants to send home.
“Every second that goes by I keep changing my mind. Larriah was a one-chair turn, and then we get into rehearsals and Larriah blows us away,” she began thinking out loud. “You have already lived a whole life at 15 years old and Julia [Michaels] saw that in you, that you were singing from your heart. Carter, you have this incredible voice that you can do all this stuff with, and you’re just getting started. To watch you perform the way you did, you just had a lot more confidence in your body language.”
After a lengthy pause to decide between her “magical” young contestants, Stefani ended up choosing Rubin. “Ultimately, Carter has more of a unique sound to his voice and a unique gift being so young and a male,” she explained.
But she couldn’t give Larriah up just yet, pressing her “save” button as the 15-year-old walked off stage. “Since rehearsals I have not stopped thinking about you,” the pop singer said. “You have so much to give to the world, I just feel it!”
Watch the full performance below.