‘The Voice’ live playoff: Jesse Larson performs ‘Sir Duke’ for Team Adam Levine [WATCH]

Adam Levine has been the coaching champ of “The Voice” three times in the show’s first 11 seasons. If he prevails again for Season 12, it will most likely be due to his best artist — Jesse Larson. His top singer was voted through by the public to next week’s Top 12 after performing “Sir Duke” (watch above).

How did we rank all six performers for Team Adam and which 3 of his singers survived? Here is our analysis of his team on Tuesday. And here is what our writer John Benutty says about Jesse: “I love that Jesse took on Stevie Wonder this week because it gave him the opportunity to not only showcase the wide range of this voice, but also allowed him to show personality with something upbeat and bouncier than what he’s done in the past. Adam called it the best vocal of the night, and though I disagree with that, it is certainly the best of an underwhelming Team Adam and Jesse is clearly the frontrunner on the team.”

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Over the first few weeks of this season, Jesse has taken on the following tunes: Audition – “Jealous Guy”; Battle – “Shameless”; Knockout – “The Letter.” Of those three performances, our writer Denton Davidson offered analysis last week: “Adam was the only coach to turn for Jesse during the blind auditions, and it may prove beneficial in the long run. Jesse didn’t show all his cards early on, but proved in the knockouts he is a force to be reckoned with. His gritty, soulful voice along with his musical abilities on the guitar is what champions are made of. We’ve seen these types of artists come out of nowhere to win before – and if any coach can turn a lemon of a season into lemonade, it’s Adam – and it will be with this artist.”

According to his NBC bio: “Jesse’s father was his biggest influence and introduced him to classic blues at a young age. After his father suddenly died of a heart attack, he began to lose his drive and considered quitting music. Then he got a call to audition for Prince. After many auditions, he got the opportunity to play for Judith Hill, whom Prince was producing. After Prince’s sudden death, the tour was canceled, but the experience reignited Jesse’s passion for music.”

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