‘The Voice’ season 19 episode 12 recap: Live shows begin as [SPOILER] wins 4-way knockout [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

All of the pre-taped episodes of “The Voice” are behind us, which means it’s finally time for the all-important live shows to begin. Monday’s two-hour episode welcomed back all four coaches (Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton), plus the Top 20 artists who are hoping to win the championship at season’s end. Four of those contestants competed last week in the 4-way knockout (Ryan Gallagher, Julia Cooper, Larriah Jackson and Taryn Papa), but which one received enough of America’s votes to sing in the lives? Here’s a closer look at each coach’s roster:

Team Kelly: Desz, Madeline Consoer, Tanner Gomes, Cami Clune, plus Ryan Gallagher

Team Legend: Bailey Rae, John Holiday, Tamara Jade, Chloé Hogan, plus Julia Cooper

Team Gwen: Carter Rubin, Payge Turner, Joseph Soul, Ben Allen, plus Larriah Jackson

Team Blake: Ian Flanigan, Jim Ranger, Worth the Wait, Sid Kingsley, plus Taryn Papa

Below, read our minute-by-minute “The Voice” recap of Season 19, Episode 12 to find out what happened Monday, November 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite artists on NBC’s long-running reality TV show, which coach you’re rooting for this season and who you think will ultimately join “The Voice” winners list.

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8:00 p.m. — “Previously on ‘The Voice’!” In the 11th episode, viewers watched the last two proper knockouts play out, with Usher serving as the mega mentor for all of the artists. For Team Kelly, Tanner Gomes beat Marisa Corvo. And for Team Legend, John Holiday beat Cami Clune, though Kelly quickly stole her for her own team. The rest of the episode was dedicated to the 4-way knockout, with America getting the chance to vote for the first time. So who’s they choose? Let’s find out!

8:05 p.m. — The Top 17 will all perform tonight and tomorrow the field will be cut to just nine. Before tonight’s performances, we heard news that Team Kelly’s Ryan Gallagher had to pull out of the show and will no longer be in contention. So who of the three remaining contestants in the four-way knockout will join tonight’s competition? Taryn Papa from Team Blake! Larriah Jackson from Team Gwen and Julia Cooper from Team Legend have been eliminated.

8:12 p.m. — Team Kelly is kicking off these live playoffs, beginning with the powerhouse from Houston, Desz, singing “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” She’s putting a more R&B, sultry spin on Tina Turner’s classic, brilliantly intertwining her delicate runs. I think Desz looks fantastic with an edgy hairstyle and a form-fitting red dress. It gives her some flare! She really goes in vocally on the bridge and this is a singer Kelly won’t be able to sacrifice. John called her performance “soulful” and “intentional.” Kelly loves Desz’ confidence and says she has the voice of a “broken angel.”

8:19 p.m. — The competition continues with country/pop singer Madeline Consoer singing “What If I Never Get Over You.” Madeline seems slightly off pitch to me, even though the vocals are generally laid back. She lacks a certain X-factor that it takes to do well in this competition and her vocals don’t improve as the song goes along. This will probably be the last time we hear Madeline sing this season. Blake says he’s impressed and enjoyed Madeline’s song selection. Kelly pleads for America to vote for Madeline and says she loves her voice.

8:22 p.m. — Up next is Texas country singer Tanner Gomes singing “Lovin’ On You.” He looks great and has nice stage presence, but it sounds like his mic is turned down. I can barely hear him and it’s not helping his cause. He has a classic country sound though and a fun, sexy swagger that might pull him through this round for Team Kelly. Kelly says Tanner has great instincts and she enjoys how much fun he has on stage.

8:30 p.m. — Wrapping things up for Team Kelly is New York pop singer, Cami Clune, singing “Never Tear Us Apart.” Cami is one of those artists that floated way under the radar throughout the early rounds, but she’s emerging as a force. She’s not the best singer, but unlike her teammate Madeline, Cami has serious star power. She’s captivating to watch and I’d say she’s done enough to emerge as one of the top two performers from Team Kelly. She reminds me of Season 13 winner Chloe Kohanski. Kelly thinks she’s “cool, sexy and thrilling to watch.” If I were deciding, I’d advance Desz and Cami from Team Kelly.

8:41 p.m. — Team Gwen is next on stage, beginning with her indie soul artist, Payge Turner, singing “It’s Gonna Be Me.” This is a dark, interesting interpretation of the *NSYNC hit.  It’s not the greatest vocal, but she’s so cool and fun to watch. She’s playing guitar while showing off her half-shaved head while strutting around in a glittering pantsuit. I don’t know how Gwen could let her go at this point. Gwen says Payge’s look reminds her of Prince and she gave a “dope” performance.

8:45 p.m. — Next up is Team Gwen’s country hopeful, Ben Allen. He makes a smart choice by singing the emotional ballad, “There Goes My Life.” In the last round Ben played it safe with an upbeat number that was purely generic. This has much more drama, but it also proves he isn’t a great singer. Honestly, America could vote for a country artist like this to get through, but this wasn’t the showstopper I think he was going for. The coaches give him a standing ovation and Gwen says she feels lucky to have Ben on her team.

8:53 p.m. — Team Gwen’s R&B singer from Hawaii, Joseph Soul, is up next singing “How Deep Is Your Love.” He’s got a smooth, warm voice that sounds great when he hits his upper register. I had sort of counted him out in this competition, but he is giving the best vocal performance of the night on Team Gwen. After a nearly flawless performance, Joseph flubs up a bit in his falsetto voice before the end. But overall, I enjoyed his performance. Gwen says Joseph just showed everyone a side of him they’ve never seen before and called his performance “crazy.”

8:57 p.m. — Anchoring Team Gwen is her teenage pop singer from New York, Carter Rubin. He’s singing the Mariah Carey anthem “Hero” in hopes of pulling in America’s vote. His conviction gives this song life and his confidence seems to grow with each performance. He really nailed the vocal and I just can’t imagine Gwen not benefiting from keeping this kid on her team. Gwen says she’s honored to know this 15-year old and calls his performance “mind-blowing.” If I had to make a prediction, I’d say Gwen would prefer to move ahead with Payge and Carter, but Ben and Joseph put up a good fight tonight. Team Gwen might be tough to call.

9:08 p.m. — Team Blake takes the stage next, beginning with soulful country vocalist Jim Ranger. He caters to the country fans with Lee Bice‘s hit “Rumor.” Jim has the most flexible voice on Team Blake and he seems to have all the ingredients it takes to win this show, but there’s some stiff competition within his own team. This song doesn’t put his vocals on full display like some of his prior performances, but it was definitely more of a hit than a miss for Jim. Blake calls Jim “unbelievably talented” and says he believes in his heart Jim will be in the finale.

9:15 p.m. — Next up is Team Blake’s country trio, Worth the Wait, singing “Love is Alive.” Taking on a Judds classic is a brilliant move and their harmonies sound great. All three have solos and it actually doesn’t work in their favor. While they harmonize brilliantly, the youngest singer is clearly the most confident vocalist and should just hold down that spot all the time. It wasn’t their best performance, but I love this trio. Blake says Worth the Wait just gave their best performance of the season.

9:21 p.m. — Folk rocker Ian Flanigan is up next singing “Make You Feel My Love.” This guy has the coolest tone in the competition. He sounds like a classic rock legend when he sings and it doesn’t seem forced. It’s effortless! He’s another artist who was somewhat unassuming throughout the early rounds, but I’d say at this point he’s probably the front-runner to win. It was a solid performance that left Gwen swooning and drew all four coaches out of their chairs in applause. John called it “stunning” while Kelly screamed, “I love you!” Blake gives an impassioned speech for America to vote for Ian.

9:28 p.m. — Team Blake continues with four-way knockout winner, Taryn Papa. She’s singing “I Hope Your Happy Now” and appears at east on stage as she belts out the country hit with her milky, warm tone. She’s a really talented vocalist that reminds of 90’s stars like Faith Hill and Martina McBride. For as good as she is, something just doesn’t connect with her stage presence. I don’t see her moving forward in the competition although she’s certainly worthy. Blake’s team is pretty stacked.

9:32 p.m. — Last up on Team Blake is Sid Kingsley singing “Beyond.” Sid is another talented vocalist who stood out in early rounds but he’s been jumping from team to team. This isn’t his best performance and it’s not a good night to struggle. Especially with singers like Jim and Ian breathing down his neck. After this performance, I’d say Sid probably ranks last on Team Blake in his chances of moving forward. Blake is going to have a tough choice to make. Jim and Ian are the best singers, but they’ll also be eating each other’s votes moving forward. Will Blake take the risk of keeping both? Or take one (likely Ian) and something completely different, like Worth the Wait? Tough call for the cowboy!

9:43 p.m. — It’s time for Team Legend to take the stage, beginning with the crowned jewel, Tamara Jade. She’s singing “Crazy,” a word that perfectly describes her voice. Tamara is a PERFORMER and she’s easily the most fun artist to watch this season. I never know what she’s planning to do but she never disappoints. Her big voice is matched by a radiant personality and she’s absolutely infectious. Love her! John calls Tamara a superstar and says she owns the stage.

8:50 p.m. — Up next is Team Legend’s soulful pop artist, Chloe Hogan, performing “My Future.” Chloe is stunning to watch and I love her understated, jazzy vocals. She oozes star power, but I don’t think this format is the right venue for a talent like hers. She would make a fantastic album, but not every singer is best suited for a vocal competition. She absolutely deserves to be in the competition, but I don’t know if she can get past the acrobatics of some of her teammates. That being said, all four coaches are on their feet after that performance.

8:54 p.m. — Team Legend’s country singer from Oklahoma, Bailey Rae, singing “Sweet Music Man.” She’s dressed in full rodeo gear as she croons this Kenny Rogers classic. She’s got a decent voice but every time she sings I feel like I’m watching a pageant. Everything’s just a little forced and over the top. I’d rank her last on Team Legend by a wide margin. John says Bailey Rae belongs on this stage and he hopes to keep working with her.

8:59 p.m. — The live playoffs conclude with Team Legend’s John Holiday singing “Fly Me to the Moon.” This jazzy number suits his voice fantastically and I appreciate his voice when he shows restraint. I’m digging his outfit as well. I’m so glad he’s didn’t choose another glass-shattering ballad, but even the end of this song gets a bit screechy. He’s definitely a unique character! For my tastes, I’d take Tamara and Chloe forward from Team Legend, but there’s no way John Holiday is going home yet. Legend says he knows America will vote to keep John moving forward. That’s a wrap for the live playoffs! Nine artists will survive tomorrow night’s live elimination episode.

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