Kristen Merlin Sings “Foolish Games” by Jewel

Credit: Tyler Golden/NBC © NBC Universal, Inc.

On May 12, Team Shakira singer Kristen Merlin gave a rousing performance of “Foolish Games” by Jewel. The Pennsylvania country singer has been feeling a lot of pressure as the sole member of Team Shakira, but her coach tried to tell her to relax and enjoy the ride.

Shakira chose a song slightly outside of the country box with the Jewel folk number. However, it turns out to be just right for Kristen’s voice. On top of that, her personal connection with the song helps her to deliver a believable and emotionally powerful performance.

Blake Shelton was certainly impressed with Shakira's last remaining singer. “That’s the most connected that I’ve ever seen you be with a lyric,” he said. “She dumped her heart and soul into that performance.” Usher said he had to hand it to Kristen for that rendition, and that she’s lucky to have a Cuban fireball like Shakira in her corner (uh, she’s Colombian, Ush).  Shakira tells Kristen she had chills, as do probably many people watching. She also lauded the way Kristen narrates stories in the way she performs, a talent she reveres in recording artists.

What did you think of Kristen Merlin’s performance tonight? Tell us below!