After a huge elimination of 13 artists on “The Voice” last week, tonight’s episode offers a little more breathing room. Rather than cramming in 24 singers for a two-hour show, NBC is now able to allow the Top 13 for Season 15 that same amount of time for slightly longer performances and coaching critiques. Enjoy our live updating blog below as we offer minute-by-minute analysis of this critical live playoffs program.
Each team has three competitors remaining except for Team Kelly, which also has the comeback artist championed by bonus coach Kelsea Ballerini. Here is a breakdown of each team:
Team Blake Shelton has Dave Fenley, Kirk Jay and Chris Kroeze.
Team Adam Levine has Tyke James, DeAndre Nico and Reagan Strange.
Team Jennifer Hudson has Kennedy Holmes, SandyRedd and MaKenzie Thomas.
Team Kelly Clarkson has Sarah Grace, Kymberli Joye, Lynnea Moorer and Chevel Shepherd.
And now keep refreshing this page as we provide you with a full live updating blog for the Monday, November 19 episode:
8:03 p.m. – It’s the Top 13 Live Show and they’re all taking the stage with special dedications tonight. Tomorrow night, two of them will go home, regardless of which team they are on. Let’s get started!
8:07 p.m. – Chris Kroeze is kicking things off for Team Blake, dedicating “Let it Be” to an abducted 13-year old girl named Jayme Closs from his hometown of Barron, Wisconsin. With his hair pulled back, Chris subtly belts out the classic Beatles tune. The performance is understated, but effective with room for his guitar solo in the middle. I don’t know if it was the “moment” he was going for, but it was definitely good enough to keep him safe. I also love that he brought awareness to Jayme.
8:09 p.m. – Adam likes how Chris changed up the song and said he is jealous of that raspy scream he has. Blake compliments Chris’ work ethic and applauds the dedication to Barron and the missing child.
8:15 p.m. – Tyke James from Team Adam is up next, dedicating “Everything I Do” by Bryan Adams to his mother. At rehearsals, Adam suggests Tyke be accompanied by a ukulele rather than sing the traditional version. I think it was smart to change up this song. Tyke looks dreamy as ever with his hair up in a man bun as he serenades the screaming teenage girls in the audience. His voice isn’t the strongest in the competition, but I think he has enough charisma to sail through this round. Overall it was a solid performance.
8:17 p.m. – Tyke got both Adam and Kelly on their feet following his performance. Kelly said Tyke stands apart for his artistic vibe that everyone is attracted to. Adam loved the stripped-down version of the song and didn’t forget to remind everyone to purchase it on iTunes.
8:27 p.m. – Up next from Team Adam is DeAndre Nico dedicating “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe to his girlfriend who recently suffered a miscarriage. DeAndre emerged on a raised stage accompanying himself on piano. Throughout the first half of the song, he seemed distracted but held it together. By the bridge he was showcasing that brilliant range we’ve come to expect when he sings. He REALLY brought it home at the end and I’d say DeAndre is definitely safe this week.
8:29 p.m. – Kelly and Adam were both on their feet following the performance. Jennifer said DeAndre can sing anything and she loves the spirit he brought to the song. Adam says, “I could go on and on about you” (he can about anything) but is just so happy such a unique gift is being shared on this show.
8:38 p.m. – Next from Team Kelly is Kimberli Joye dedicating “Diamonds” by Rihanna to her little sister, who also has aspirations to be a professional singer. Kymberli is the first artist of the night who seemed completely ready for this moment. Her voice is perfection from the first note and I love the inflections she brings with her voice. She slowly builds the song before reaching her powerful belting range. It was a beautiful rendition of the song, but only her coach, Kelly, got off her seat at the end.
8:39 p.m. – Kelly loves to listen to Kymberli sing because no matter how many times she sings a song, she sings it differently. She’s truly just loves to sing.
8:48 p.m. – It’s time for our first look at Team Jennifer tonight, with Kennedy Holmes dedicating “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler to her parents. I’m a bit nervous this song is a little mature for a 13-year old, but let’s see how this goes. Okay, I was wrong. Her tone alone in the opening verse is just magic. There’s “star” written all over this girl. She seamlessly interchanged between her belting range and head voice and delivered some spectacular runs in between. This was her best performance of the competition and all four coaches are on their feet!
8:49 p.m. – Jennifer can’t imagine what Kennedy’s parents must be feeling. She says Kennedy was born to be a star and she’s beautiful in every way.
8:55 p.m. – We’re sticking with Team Jennifer, this time it’s Sandyredd‘s turn to perform, dedicating “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye” by Boyz II Men to her mother who died of cancer. It’s the first power ballad we will have heard from her so I’m excited to see how it goes. On stage, she looks angelic in a flowing white gown. Her lower tone is so unique and I’m sure it’s not for everyone but I absolutely adore it. The passion is just bursting through her skin whenever she sings. I know this vocal performance is going to be divisive and she could very well be in trouble, but I think she’s fantastic! By the end she was in tears.
8:59 p.m. – Blake loves the emotional side of Sandyredd and complimented the lower register of her voice. Jennifer said the ability to hit those low notes as a female is extremely special and it added to the depth of the performance.
9:04 p.m. – Kelly is thrilled to have the only country female on the show this season, Chevel Shepherd, dedicating “Little White Church” by Little Big Town to her father, who always warns her to stay away from boys. Chevel is rocking the country look with fringe jeans and a belt buckle any Nashville star would be proud to wear. It’s great to see this sassy side of Chevel and it’s nice to know she can handle an uptempo song with as much (or possibly more) conviction as she has on a ballad. I think this was her best performance and I’m starting to think Kelly might have another winner on her hands! All the coaches are on their feet!
9:05 p.m. – Kelly can’t believe how magnificent Chevel is and loves how she just “threw down.” The audience is going wild for this girl. Wow! She’s in a stronger position to win than I ever realized. We should learn to never doubt Team Kelly.
9:13 p.m. – The last artist from Team Jennifer is MaKenzie Thomas, dedicating “I Am Changing” to her coach, who sang this song on her way to an Oscar in “Dreamgirls.” I’m a fan of MaKenzie’s softer voice full of runs, so I’m a little scared of this huge song for her! MaKenzie starts softly and I think she has the prettiest voice in the competition when she sings like this. She doesn’t quite have the confidence I’d like to see when she is belting out those huge notes, but that high note at the end? Okay! It wasn’t perfect, but MaKenzie is so likable and she always seems to surprise me. If a fraction of viewers love to see her each week, even half as much as I do, she will probably be in the finale.
9:14 p.m. – Jennifer loves learning more about MaKenzie each week and she promised that the next time she sings, she would dedicate her song to MaKenzie. All that being said, Jennifer didn’t even stand up after MaKenzie’s performance so I’m not sure how she really felt.
9:23 p.m. – Up next is Team Kelly’s Sarah Grace dedicating “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John to the other students at her performing arts high school. In rehearsals Kelly told Sarah to tone down the riffs because too many others in the competition can do that. She wants it bare! When it comes time to perform, Sarah takes Kelly’s advice and it pays off. Sarah sounds better than I’ve heard her to date. It’s intimate, yet powerful and I think she nailed this about as well as she could. Well done!
9:24 p.m. – Kelly lets viewers at home know how great of a musician Sarah is. Apparently she can play many instruments and Kelly is thrilled to learn so much from her as her coach.
9:32 p.m. – Team Blake’s Dave Fenley is up next dedicating “Hard to Love” by Lee Brice to his wife. Dave is excited to sing a more current song after performing classics all season. Dave is a classic musician that is hard not to like. He hasn’t had a single misstep all season, but he’s just not incredibly memorable. This performance is no different. It’s solid, but I feel like I’ve heard this so many times from so many artists. It should carry him through this week, but I think Dave could be in trouble fairly soon in this competition.
9:33 p.m. – Adam says Dave is one of his favorites this season and he’s a huge fan. Blake thought Dave gave an incredibly important performance to position himself in the competition.
9:40 p.m. – Team Kelly’s comeback kid, Lynnea Moorer, is dedicating “Wolves” by Selena Gomez to her mother. Kelly single-handedly changed how Lynnea felt about her artistry in one coaching session. That’s coaching! Lynnea has a lot to prove since America has barely seen her perform and I have to say she came out killing it! She’s stunning to watch and she’s got interesting interpretive phrasing when she sings. She has this sexy vibe unlike anyone else on “The Voice” this season, but can she convince America to keep her? I’m not sure. There’s definitely at least two other artists in the Top 13 I’d keep Lynnea over.
9:41 p.m. – Jennifer was blown away by Lynnea and said she’s a “star” and reminds her of Rihanna. Kelly was absolutely gushing over Lynnea and pleaded with viewers at home to send her into the Top 11.
9:50 p.m. – Team Blake’s Kirk Jay is dedicating “I’m Already There” by Lonestar to his mother, who is there to see him sing live for the first time. Kirk is such an exciting vocalist and I think he might become one of the biggest names to emerge from “The Voice.” He gives me goosebumps every time he sings. He’s not always vocally perfect, but the heart and soul that just naturally pour out when he sings is immeasurable. When he ad-libbed “mama” into the song, hearts broke across America. All the coaches are on their feet for this performance. Bravo!
9:51 p.m. – Jennifer said it was like Kirk could “taste” what he was singing and asked the audience if they all saw him licking his lips? She then went on to say she didn’t care whose team Kirk is on, he is “bad, bad, bad, bad.” She is feeling him! After Blake asked producers to get Jennifer a bag of ice, he said what Kirk does isn’t even fair.
9:59 p.m. – The final artist of the night is Team Adam’s Reagan Strange, who is dedicating “You Say” by Lauren Daigle to her grandparents. Reagan has such a bubbly personality but instantly transforms into an intense, emotional beast on stage. There’s something so innocent and powerful about her performances. Each time she sings I am more impressed with her and Adam could very well have a winner on his hands! This season is shaping up to be a real battle to the end. I love it!
10:00 p.m. – Adam said Reagan epitomizes everything the show stands for. “She’s a marvel.” That’s a wrap for tonight! Find out which two artists go home tomorrow night on “The Voice.”
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