In an episode airing this week, contestant Tanner Howe took the stage to perform the song “Mercy” by Shawn Mendes — and apparently did so well that Camila thought it was her ex.
“Is that my – is that Shawn up there?” Cabello wondered, turning to Blake Shelton for confirmation. “I thought it was Shawn.”
She was left in shock even after the performance was over:
“I was like, is Shawn on stage right now?” she told Tanner after her audition.
“You looked like him,” added John Legend.
Tanner then pointed out that Camila would know, given she was dating the singer – to which she said she actually knows Shawn “better than everyone in this room”.
“But the reason I didn’t turn around was I felt like you looked a little too much like her,” Cabello continued, explaining why she chose not to join the other judges in turning for him. “Obviously he has an amazing voice. I love that song. But I’d be curious if you choose your coach to stand out.”
Tanner replied that he “totally” understood what Camila meant, but noted that he saw himself on the same “path” as Shawn. She, in turn, made a joke that she “was in [Shawn’s] lane, deep” when they were together.
“Hey! Alright now,” John said, interjecting. “She tries to make it as awkward as possible.”