Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford stepped out of their comfort zone on Monday when they stepped up to “The Voice” stage and attempted to make it through the blind auditions round.

Kotb was clearly nervous ahead of the big audition and confessed she was hoping Gifford could carry her through the performance so they would make it to the next round. For support, the ladies called upon close friends Kris Jenner and Curtis Stone and, of course, God as they took to the stage to perform for Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Alicia Keys.

The duo decided to perform Carole King’s “You’ve Got A Friend” for the judges and, after a little mantra of “Have a great show!,” headed out onstage.

Backstage, their fans seemed pretty nervous watching them step into the limelight.

“I just pray somebody turns their chair around,” Jenner said.

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And, with that, the ladies began to perform for the coaches. Despite all of the nerves, Kotb was able to keep a tune, and the two harmonized beautifully together.

Keys and Clarkson were the first to hit their buttons and turn for the duo to join their teams before Levine and Shelton decided they wanted them too. By the looks on the coaches’ faces, they were pretty excited to see Kotb and Gifford onstage!

“Those were mercy turns, and you guys know it,” Gifford teased at the end of the performance.

Shelton pointed at newcomer Clarkson and said, “When she turned her chair, and I saw that, I had to know what was going on.”

He also took a moment to tease Kotb. “Hoda, Kathie Lee saved your ass on that one,” he said. “100 percent.”

But then, the most anticipated moment came when “The Winos” had to pick who their coach for the season would be. After much deliberation, they decided to go with Kelly Clarkson!


“The Voice” airs on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Nicole is a content editor with Rare. 
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