Last night on The Voice, Taylor John Williams, a contestant who proudly describes his personal style as “Amish hipster,” decided to take on Taylor Swift’s recent single “Blank Space.” This wasn’t super surprising, as it’s kind of Williams’ thing to perform new, soulful takes on pop and hip hop songs. In his initial audition, for example, he sang Kanye West’s “Heartless,” and he’s also taken on Lorde’s “Royals.”
Still, though, it was interesting to hear a different arrangement of Swift’s infectious hit. He slows it down, turning it into more of a ballad than a catchy pop tune. Also, when he sings the lyric “got a long list of ex-lovers,” you can actually hear what’s saying, and it doesn’t sound like “Starbucks lovers,” so that’s something.
Granted, this was certainly not Williams’ best performance (we prefer his rendition of “Mad World,” for example) but props to him for taking on Tay-Tay.