After weeks of blind auditions, battle rounds, and knockouts, the Season 13 playoffs have finally arrived for “The Voice.” NBC will offer up three straight nights of playoffs this week, as the show pares down the contenders from the Top 20 to Top 12. In fact, it will be a total of 24 artists because each coach can invite a comeback artist to return from elimination. Coaches Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton feature their comeback artists on the episode for Monday, November 13.
We’ve been live blogging every episode of this season, including all the knockout rounds on Monday, October 30, Monday, November 6 , and Tuesday, November 7. What will happen on this first night of playoffs on Monday for coaches Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer, and Blake? Our analysis is found below in the latest recap live blog.
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8:00 p.m. – A special three-night event begins as the artists enter the playoffs! The coaches must decide which three artists will represent them next week when the power shifts to America. Making the decision more grueling, a comeback artist for each team will return. Tonight Team Blake and Team Jennifer will take the stage.
8:03 p.m. – It is disappointing that the public doesn’t get to vote at this point in the competition like we have in the past. I prefer two getting through by America’s vote followed by the coaches choosing one.
8:07 p.m. – Davon Fleming from Team J-Hud is the first to perform tonight. He is taking on his coach’s monstrous ballad from “Dreamgirls,” “I Am Changing.” He started off the performance with a well-executed falsetto before quickly moving into the power notes. The runs he infuses are so intricately placed, it changes the song up just enough to make it his own. With no shortage of power, this was quite a way to kick off the playoffs! All four coaches are on their feet.
8:10 p.m. – Adam said if someone told him he had to perform that song he would have a heart attack and then run away. Miley said he she will see him in the live shows. Blake wonders why Davon is even talking to them because he should be going to get in his limo. It seems like he might be a sure bet to advance!
8:17 p.m. – The Wisconsin pop singer Jennifer stole from Team Adam, Hannah Mrozak, is up next. Hannah is dedicating her performance of “Learn to Let Go” (Kesha) to her brother, who recently committed suicide. She sounds great at the top of the performance and I’m digging the ponytail. I like the emotion she is pouring into this performance, but I think it’s a horrible song choice. Overall, it was still probably her best performance this season.
8:20 p.m. – Adam said he thinks Hannah is with the right coach now. Blake was mesmerized by her performance. Jennifer said a star was born on the stage tonight and she was blown away. I have serious doubts she will move forward, but I’m glad that, if nothing else, she went out with a good performance.
8:26 p.m. – Next up is Jennifer’s comeback artist, Lucas Holliday! She isn’t making it easy for him, gifting him a Prince song, “The Beautiful Ones.” Lucas’ strong suit is his falsetto, which seems like a good fit for a Prince song. But I have to say this is vocal performance is all over the map. In fact, by the end, it was a total train wreck.
8:28 p.m. – Blake was laughing hysterically, but I’m not sure that’s the response a singer wants. Adam was completely uncomfortable. Miley just said, “That’s what’s up.” Jennifer applauded his commitment. There’s no way he is moving forward.
8:33 p.m. – The 15-year powerhouse from Kentucky, Shi’Ann Jones, is next with “Tattooed Heart” by Ariana Grande. She started off a little nervous and it showed in her head voice. But she quickly moved past it and her vocal styling is giving me Mariah Carey vibes. She even through in a little whistle note. When she lets go and belts it out though, she’s at her best. She’s far from perfect, but there’s something about this girl I think people are going to love. I’m almost certain Jennifer will put her though and she has unlimited potential with the right coaching.
8:35 p.m. – Miley loves the little squeaks in Shi’Ann’s voice and, of course, her power. Blake told Shi’Ann she is his favorite artist on any other team. Jennifer sees a star when she sees Shi’Ann and I agree with her. She’s one of the most exciting artists this season. She just needs more work and more time.
8:42 p.m. – Soul singer Chris Weaver will be sticking with his old-school vibe by taking on “California Soul” by Marlena Shaw. Chris is the most comfortable on stage from Team J-Hud. Right off the bat he sounds great as always. His voice is rich and powerful and he knows exactly what kind of artist he is. I don’t think this song gives him that “moment” his most direct competition, Davon, had earlier which could hurt him. But Chris is unquestionably the best entertainer on Jennifer’s team.
8:44 p.m. – Miley loves Chris’ “stank face” and Adam warned Jennifer, Chris is someone who should never be let go of. Blake would like to hear the softer side of Chris because it seems like he is “full-on power” from the beginning to the end of each performance. Jennifer doesn’t feel like he’s tapped into the “journey” of a song yet, but she loves his voice. Could one of the early favorites be in danger of going home?
8:54 p.m. – The last from Team J-Hud to perform is this season’s teen heartthrob, Noah Mac. Jennifer chose “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins for him to sing. He arranged his own version of this song, which is impressive. I love how low his register is, it’s unlike any male pop star on the radio today. His interpretation is haunting, but he’s dressed like he’s about to referee a basketball game, which is distracting. Once he got to the chorus, Noah let loose and it is clear his confidence is growing. Miley could be overheard saying, “he is so hot.” He could really be a dark horse in the competition. This was a great performance from the youngster.
8:56 p.m. – Miley said Team J-Hud has itself a finalist. Adam said he had the only true breakout performance. It’s a long competition, but Noah just took the lead. Blake stood up and publicly declared he was ashamed to let Noah go earlier this season. Jennifer simply said, “You are a star!” Adam wrapped up the comments by saying, “he’s gonna win the show.”
8:59 p.m. – It looks like we will be getting the results tonight, which I wasn’t expecting! Jennifer is in tears as she prepares to let three of her artists go. The first artist moving on is Davon, who she feels represents everything the show is about. The next artist moving on is Noah, who has the star power of someone people will want to watch from home. The last artist moving on was based on heart, and Jennifer chose Shi’Ann. Chris, Hannah and Lucas were eliminated. It’s tough to see Chris go home, but I think Jennifer made the correct decision.
9:05 p.m. – Red Marlow is the first artist up for Team Blake. He will be performing “Chiseled in Stone” by Vern Gosdin. Red’s voice is a throwback to classic male vocalists in country music, which Blake loves. He sounds fantastic. He doesn’t have the star power other artists have this season, but he knows how to deliver a lyric. Blake is nodding and smiling in approval. The performance was reserved, but Blake has never been one to promote showboating. I think he will likely move forward based on that performance.
9:09 p.m. – Jennifer thinks Red has amazing presence and can’t wait to go to his concert. Miley wishes he was on her team because she thinks he can win the whole show. Adam believes Red sings “the truth.” Blake couldn’t be more proud as a coach.
9:17 p.m. – Chloe Kohanski is up next for Team Blake with “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper, which is a perfect song choice. Despite losing her knockout, Chloe was really the breakout star of that round. Her low, warm tone is reminiscent of her former coach, Miley. I love how wrapped up she gets in the music, you can tell she feels every word of it. This performance seemed a bit slow and repetitive and could have had a better climax, but her stage presence made up for it. Blake needs to keep her.
9:20 p.m. – Chloe reminds Jennifer of Madonna, Gwen Stefani and Miley. Miley said she loves that Chloe is a punk-rock queen. Blake simply said “Dang it Chloe, you’re good.”
9:28 p.m. – Blake’s comeback artist is Natalie Stovall, who will now make her return. She’s taking on “Callin’ Baton Rouge” by Garth Brooks. She’s incorporating the fiddle into this performance which will be fun. Her performance is cute, but the way she smiles while playing the fiddle reminds me more of the “Miss America” talent portion rather than a country star on tour. And her vocal is just okay. It was nice she had another opportunity, but this will be it for her.
9:28 p.m. – Jennifer enjoyed her. Miley liked that she focused just as much on her vocals as she did her fiddle. Adam said it was the “Blakey-ist” performance ever. Blake said Natalie proved he made the right choice by bringing her back.
9:32 p.m. – Esera Tuaolo is the fourth performer from Team Blake and will be singing “How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes. His voice is booming and has pretty textures to it, but he sounds nervous. The climax of the song was a little off pitch as well. I just don’t think this balladeer is a performer. And the more high notes he strains to reach the more uncomfortable I become watching.
9:34 p.m. – Jennifer said it was pitchy, but he brought it home. Adam said he could hear the nerves in his performance. Blake thinks Esera’s range is remarkable and thought he did a good job. Based on the negative feedback, it seems highly unlikely Esera will be moving forward.
9:42 p.m. – Mitchell Lee is next with “Heaven” by Bryan Adams. Blake said the song is a giant and Mitchell definitely has his work cut out for him. They had to lower the key to fit his voice, but even if he doesn’t hit any big notes, the guy has star power. Vocally, Mitchell sounds really solid and it’s a great song choice from Blake. He knows how to work the stage and has good presence, but are his vocals enough to make the cut? Blake will probably have to make a tough choice between the marketable Mitchell, or the more heartfelt Red.
9:43 p.m. – Jennifer didn’t think it was Mitchell’s best performance and she would have liked to hear it in a different key. Miley enjoyed the performance. Blake said they pushed the key as far as they could and Mitchell gave a “solid” performance. Not exactly a ringing endorsement, so we’ll see if he makes the cut.
9:50 p.m. – The last performer for Team Blake is Keisha Renee. She will be tackling “Love Can Build a Bridge” by The Judds. Almost instantly I’m in love with the rich texture of her voice on this song. When she hit the chorus you could almost feel the rafters shaking in the building. Keisha soared on this song and earned several hand waves from Jennifer.
9:54 p.m. – Jennifer told Blake he needs to keep her in the competition. Adam said he has never heard a version of that song like that. He added that Blake is stupid, but not stupid enough to let her go. Blake said he’s definitely a member of her fan club. There’s no way Blake is going to let her go.
9:59 p.m. – Time for Team Blake’s results! Which three artists will move forward and who will be sent home? The first artist he chose for the live shows is Keisha, who he said was undeniable. The next artist he decided to move forward is not only a great singer, but someone he feels like working with makes sense: Red! Last, Blake chose to advance Chloe. Esera, Mitchell and Natalie were eliminated. Blake made the right choice, although Mitchell probably could have had a solid run. Overall, both Jennifer and Blake had to make some tough calls, but I think the right six advanced tonight! Tune in to NBC Tuesday and Wednesday night this week to see who advances from Team Miley and Team Adam.
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