‘The Voice’: Ed Sheeran Makes His Debut as a Mega Mentor

by Leanne Stahulak

Last night, “The Voice” kicked off the Knockouts Round featuring Mega Mentor Ed Sheeran. He stepped in to help contestants choose songs and refine their vocal techniques.

And, of course, he got to catch up with longtime friend Ariana Grande. She remembered how the two met “back when I had red hair…He was at my manager’s office, just hanging and playing music. He is a brilliant songwriter.”

The two caught up on married life and Sheeran having a baby girl now, according to ET Online. He even used that to connect with one of Ariana’s teammates, Katie Rae, who misses her three-year-old son back home.

“This is the longest I’ve been away from my daughter, and I don’t know how on earth people do it,” Sheeran said. “The sacrifice you’re making now will pay off dividends, just go for it.”

“The Voice” Mega Mentor encouraged Katie Rae to really channel her emotions into her performance of Lauren Daigle’s “Hold On to Me,” and Grande agreed.

“What you’re feeling, let that come out and blow the roof off at the end,” she said.

Katie Rae ended up performing so well that “The Voice” coach Kelly Clarkson stole her after the performance. Grande ended up choosing Raquel Trinidad to move on to the live shows after a gorgeous rendition of “Valerie” by The Zutons.

Before the show aired, Clarkson shared a promo video of Sheeran as “The Voice” Mega Mentor working with several Knockout pairings. At one point, coach John Legend’s teammate Sabrina Dias admitted to Sheeran that, “This is intense, I’m singing his song.”

When the pop superstar asked which one, she replied, “Photograph.” Sheeran then admitted that he hadn’t heard or played that song in about two years.

Dias boldly said, “Maybe we can sing together,” and Sheeran replied, “I’ll do some harmonies.” Even though Dias ended up losing to competitor Joshua Vacanti, who crushed Harry Styles’ “Falling,” at least she still got to sing with Ed Sheeran.

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“The Voice” Mega Mentor Ed Sheeran also shared a moment with coach Blake Shelton’s contestant Wendy Moten. While mentoring her, Sheeran mentioned how “I feel like you should be in our seats and we should be there.”

Shelton laughed and told Moten that was a “Mega Mentor moment right there.”

Moten ended up performing an astounding and goosebump-raising rendition of “Ain’t No Way” by Aretha Franklin. She beat contestant Jonathan Mouton.

According to The Daily Mail, Shelton also paired up Libianca and Hailey Green. Libianca blew the coaches away and advanced to the live show after singing Billie Eilish’s “Everything I Wanted.”

Kelly Clarkson set Gymani against Kinsey Rose, and Gymani advanced after crushing “Pillowtalk” by Zayn.

Then, Clarkson’s teammates Holly Forbes and the trio Girl Named Tom battled it out. Although Clarkson named Girl Named Tom the winner, Grande ended up stealing Forbes.

Make sure to tune in tonight for more “The Voice” Knockouts.