‘The Voice’ season 20 episode 12 recap: Live shows begin for Top 17, but who won 4-way knockout? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

All of the pre-taped episodes of “The Voice’s” 20th season 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, Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton) plus the 20 artists who are hoping to win the championship at season’s end. Four of those contestants competed last time in the 4-way knockout (Savanna Woods, Carolina Rial, Devan Blake Jones, Emma Caroline) but which one received enough of America’s votes to perform as one of the Top 17 artists in the lives?

Below, read our minute-by-minute “The Voice” recap of Season 20, Episode 12 to find out what happened Monday, May 10 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 and who you think will ultimately join “The Voice” winners list for this 10th anniversary season. Here is a closer look at each coach’s live team:

Team Kelly Clarkson: Corey Ward, Ghianna Zoe, Kenzie Wheeler, Zae Romeo and Savanna Woods

Team John Legend: Pia Renee, Ryleigh Modig, Victor Solomon, Zania Alake and Carolina Rial

Team Nick Jonas: Andrew Marshall, Dana Monique, Jose Figueroa Jr., Rachel Mac and Devan Blake Jones

Team Blake Shelton: Cam Anthony, Jordan Matthew Young, Pete Mroz, Anna Grace Felten and Emma Caroline

Keep refreshing/reloading this “The Voice” live blog for the most recent updates.

8:00 p.m. – “Previously on ‘The Voice’!” In the 11th episode, which aired two weeks ago, four artists said goodbye during the final knockout round: Avery Roberson from Team Kelly, Rio Doyle from Team John, Connor Christian from Team Blake and Raine Stern from Team Nick. Following those eliminations, there were exactly 20 artists still in the competition. But enough about last time — let’s get to the live shows!

8:02 p.m.Carson Daly explains that tonight the top 17 perform and by tomorrow only 9 will remain. But first things first, who won America’s vote in the four-way knockout? Devan! Team Nick pulls through, meaning they’ll advance to the next round with three artists.

8:06 p.m. – Now, in order to narrow down the field some more the teams will perform one by one. First up is Team Kelly, beginning with Corey and his take on “Bruises” by Lewis Capaldi. Smartly he started off gentle, performing from a sitting position on the stairs and then rising for the bigger parts of the song to underscore the passion. There’s always breakout moments for certain artists on the show and this certainly feels like it could be one for Corey. New dark horse contender? Nick complimented his passion, and warned that sometimes it overtakes his technique and to be careful of that. Kelly balances that out by saying that she’ll take passion over technique every time.

8:14 p.m. – Gihanna was up next with Lady Gaga‘s “Always Remember Us This Way.” With a beautiful start to the performance, Gihanna’s song choice seemed so perfect, but by the end it was clear that nerves may have gotten the best of her in parts. Still, she had some great moments to be proud of. John thought that her vibrato was comparable to Beyonce and Kelly acknowledged that Gihanna is able to do some things that even she can’t do.

8:18 p.m. – Kelly’s steal, Zae, followed with “When I Look at You” by Miley Cyrus. It was a third emotional ballad in a row from the team, something that may work against Zae here despite him delivering a pretty solid performance from behind the mic stand. Kelly pointed out that Zae felt like a mix between both Corey and Gihanna with the amount of rock and soul that he brought to that performance.

8:26 p.m. – Kenzie closed out Team Kelly with “Red Dirt Road” by Brooks & Dunn in what felt a lot like Corey’s performance, though obviously more country. It’s very possible that the two guys will go head to head for the audience vote as the leading artists on this team. What Kenzie lacks in performance quality he makes up with one of the smoothest country voices we’ve heard on the show in a long, long time. Blake took back his previous statement that Kenzie is going to win the show by, well, reinforcing that he thinks he’s going to win the show. Kelly called Kenzie a wonderful performer and says her use of the block on Blake was the best she’s ever done on the show.

8:36 p.m. – First up for Team Legend is his steal, Ryleigh, with “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo. Such a smart, smart choice to go with a very recent hit in an attempt to snatch that audience vote. And, man, she performed it so faithfully and with such a delicate, sweet tone and incredible range. John called it “so special” for her soul, sadness, beauty and emotion that she injected into the song. You can tell that he was so impressed by it!

8:39 p.m. – Up next was Zania with Ariana Grande‘s “Dangerous Woman.” Love this song choice for her as a step away from what she’s done so far and into something more current that proves she can compete with the younger girls and be just as sexy, if not more! John called it an “extra level star power” performance for it’s sultriness and confidence. Truly a surprising and stunning performance.

8:47 p.m. – Pia followed with the Jazmine Sullivan song “Need U Bad,” serving up a performance that suits her voice so perfectly but might be too little known to really register with the voting audience. If Pia doesn’t make it through I’d chalk it up to poor song selection in a round with such a major cut that you really do need to capture the audience’s attention straight away. Outside of song selection, the performance itself is soulful, passionate and just perfect. Blake called it the best performance of John’s team so far and John’s elation over it was apparent.

8:51 p.m. – The final song from the team is Victor’s take on “I Wish” by Stevie Wonder. Jamming out to a soul song in a bright pink suit is exactly what I mean about catching the audience’s attention and not enough can be said about the way Victor dances across the stage every time he’s on it. This kid is a star in the making unlike anyone else in the competition. John highlighted that it earned the first standing ovation from the coaches, three of which were already standing while grooving to the song all along.

9:00 p.m. – To kick of Team Nick’s slate of performances was Dana with the En Vogue banger “Free Your Mind.” The song has so much energy and there is no one else in the competition that could have brought to the stage what Dana did here. I mean, wow. Few songs pack such a heavy punch right out of the gate, but this rendition is major! Once again Kelly, John and Nick were all on their feet throughout and when Blake stood up it made for the second full ovation in a row. Kelly was excited by the performance and said she felt like she was singing backup for Dana from the coach’s chair. Nick called it an honor to be here coach and thinks she blew it out of the park.

9:11 p.m. – For his performance Andrew took on the Corinne Bailey Rae song “Put Your Records On” in the most Harry Styles way imaginable. It’s quite possible that Andrew’s youth appeal will help him sail through on Team Nick, but otherwise this rendition was pretty dry despite highlighting a decent range from him. Nick commented that he has a wonderful tone, but that not everything came together perfectly this time.

9:15 p.m. – Jose followed with “Talking to the Moon” by Bruno Mars. I think it’s a smart choice for him to take a Bruno song that isn’t done on the shows as regularly as his other songs because people will know it, but they won’t have a handful of other “Voice” performances from the past to compare it to. And Jose’s voice and stage presence is so strong that he really made this feel like his own song. John called Jose’s voice and tone a special and engaging gift. Nick feels like it was a push with the song choice and that it’s Jose’s best vocal performance so far on the show.

9:22 p.m. – Devan took the stage with the Backstreet Boys hit “Shape of My Heart.” I love this song selection and the arrangement with the thumping beat is so great, setting a stage for a wonderfully nostalgic performance for Devan. Nick said the performance made him so happy and says he should be proud of his journey on the show and this performance.

9:25 p.m. – With the Kacey Musgraves ballad “Rainbow,” Rachel held tight to the sweet country-folk brand we expect from her and basically sealed her spot atop Team Nick. Rachel’s ability to bring such emotion to the song inspired John to yell “beautiful” from the dais and for Blake to admit that Team Nick has really stepped up to the plate against all the other teams. Nick called Rachel a special artist that is born for the stage and that he can’t wait to hear her sing more on the show.

9:36 p.m. – Jordan began Team Blake’s segment with the Fleetwood Mac classic “Gold Dust Woman.” It’s a strong choice to take on a Stevie Nicks vocal, but the classic rock energy fits his own style so perfectly that it just makes too much sense. Kelly was really into the soulful, rock and alternative aspect of the performance and made her reminisce about live shows.

9:45 p.m. – Blake’s steal Anna Grace continued with “Let Her Go” by Passenger. The rich texture of her voice took center stage immediately and she was able to branch out with nice range, hitting some particular high notes impeccably. Blake was clearly proud of the performance and said that she sang with finesse, control and artistry that no one else tonight did. He says he’s still shocked that she was even available for him to steal in the first place.

9:49 p.m. – Next up was Pete with “We Belong” by Pat Benatar. Pete performed the classic with confidence, but it was a rather low key rendition of a song that is known to be much bigger than the sensitive version presented here. Still, he has a great soft rock voice that could find a niche among Blake’s supporters though it will be difficult on a team with other strong contenders. Blake called out Pete’s passion for singing and said he believes that deserves to stay in the competition.

9:56 p.m. – Closing out for Team Blake and the first live show was Cam with “Take Me to Church” by Hozier. Once again Cam proves that he is the most passionate vocalist of the season with a top of the pack stage presence. If there’s still a doubt that he’s one of the frontrunners of the season then this weeks should silence all the haters. We have a winner on our hands, ladies and gentlemen, and the third four coach standing ovation. John, still broken hearted that Nick blocked him from getting Cam, said that he has so much potential as an artist. Blake told Cam that he’s delivered every time he has taken the stage and says that he can be the first superstar that comes out of the show in 20 seasons. I mean, when Blake is right he’s right!

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