‘The Voice’: Adam Levine & Gwen Stefani’s Teams Slay First Round Of Live Performances

Mon, November 9, 2015 10:02pm EST by 1 Comment 16,133 Article Views

‘The Voice’ is LIVE! Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani’s teams took the stage on the Nov. 9 episode to give stripped-down performances and fight for their spot in the competition. And with each coach getting to bring back an eliminated artist in addition to their Top 5, the stakes were higher than ever!

Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani’s top five team members, along with one previously-eliminated contestant from each team, gave the biggest performances of their lives on the live Nov. 9 episode of The Voice, but each coach (with the help of America’s vote) will only get to advance three artists each! Read our full recap to get the rundown on all the amazing performances, and, of course, find out if anything went down between hot new couple, Gwen and Blake Shelton! To hear more about Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, head over to iTunes and download the latest HollywoodLife podcast for free!

Up first, Adam’s stolen team member Blaine Mitchell, who had a lot to celebrate besides just making it this far on the show — he got married just days beforehand! The rocker, originally from Blake’s team, sang “Never Tear Us Apart” by NXS, and he totally slayed it…as usual. He received praise from all the coaches, even Blake, who even made a point to give Adam credit for leading Blaine in the right direction.

Regina Love from Gwen’s team took the stage next and she performed the song that’s been stuck in all of our heads for days: “Hello” by Adele. She obviously had major shoes to fill with this one, but the soulful singer, who started off on Team Adam, totally did the brand new hit justice and had the audience totally transfixed. “I’m so honored to be part of this journey with you,” Gwen gushed of her team member. Awww!

Next up was Adam’s Irish singer Keith Semple performing Mr. Big’s “To Be With You.” It was a great song choice for the family man — “A ballad for the ages,” as he described it — and Keith totally killed it with just himself and his guitar at center stage. The Maroon 5 frontman couldn’t help sing his artist’s praise: “You really showed people tonight who you were and what you wanted to do and what you wanted to accomplish. Awesome job,” he told Keith.

Another artist from Team Adam sang next, and he got a chance to stick it to Blake and show what he can do with a country singer. Shelby Brown performed “You’re No Good,” which showed off her powerful range and incredible vocals. “It’s still not right that you’re not on my team, but I’ll let it go!” Blake joked after gushing over Shelby’s performance. This country cutie and Adam make an unlikely but great team!

Gwen’s unique and quirky artist Korin Bukowski sang Sarah McLachlan’s “Adia” for her first live show, and her coach took things a step further by even making suggestions for an amazing hair makeover before the performance! Korin really got into the emotion of the song and her rendition was totally chill-inducing. Blake couldn’t help but point out that the last time Gwen told a contestant to cut their hair, Season 7’s Craig Wayne Boyd, he won the whole thing after being stolen by the “Gonna” singer. NBD! And don’t think we didn’t notice how Gwen started giggling like a little schoolgirl when interacting with her boyfriend!

Next, we got to find out who Gwen was bringing back as her comeback contestant — Ellie Lawrence, who she admitted to have a special connection with. Ellie totally rocked out to “Ex’s & Ohs” and really had the audience pumped up throughout her entire performance. “That’s my favorite performance of the night so far,” Blake told an excited Ellie, who was at a loss for words while receiving her praise from the coaches. “It’s just a really great performance. Congratulations. Wow!”

Another Team Gwen artist was up next, with Jeffrey Austin singing “Say You Love Me.” The 46-year-old has had a strong bond with Jeff since she was the only one to turn around for him in the Blind Auditions, and she really went above and beyond to help him out, from vocals, to outfit choice. Jeffrey totally killed it on stage and Gwen was absolutely giddy while watching him — what a great time for him to really stand out! “You were an artist just purely emoting a beautiful, beautiful, talented gifted voice. I am SO winning right now, I can’t believe it,” Gwen raved.

Braiden Sunshine, the youngest in the competition and also from Team Gwen, completely owned his rendition of  Bread’s “Everything I Own.” Although Blake and Adam both agreed it probably wasn’t Braiden’s best performance — “I felt like you wanted to do more with the song,” Adam noted– everyone agreed that this kid has talent and is lookin’ great!

Adam’s team was back next with another stolen singer, Amy Vachal, front-and-center to perform “The Way You Look Tonight.” The 36-year-old was probably more excited to Steal Amy than any other artist ever on the show, and after her performance, it was clear the two are going to be a force to be reckoned with if she makes it to the next leg of the competition. “That was, just, effortless,” Amy’s former coach, Pharrell, admitted. “The way that you just sang your way around the stage and those beautiful, super colorful runs were just effortless. I’m sad that I lost you, but I’m so happy, because I feel like you could win.”

Gwen’s was definitely saving one of her best for last with her final contestant of the night, Viktor Kiraly, who she stole from Adam in the Knockout Round. He had the audience going nuts with a rendition of “All Around The World,” and proved why he deserved to still be in this competition after nearly getting eliminated. “Team Gwen, overall, is whipping the crap out of Team Adam tonight. I’m just calling it like I see it,” Blake gushed, totally showing support for his girlfriend. Soooo cute!

But Adam still had two artists left to perform, and they didn’t disappoint! Chance Pena was his comeback artist of choice, and the young singer, who started on Adam’s team, was stolen by Blake, then stolen back by Adam before an elimination in the Knockouts, really took advantage of his second (fourth?) chance with a rendition of “Barton Hollows” by The Civil Wars. He took Adam’s advice perfectly and proved why he deserves to have another shot at this. So awesome!

Closing things out was Jordan Smith, an early favorite on the show, who once again showed off his incredible vocals with a rendition of “Halo.” Yeah. Beyonce. I mean, seriously….I’m speechless. And all four coaches are clearly in agreement — every single one of them gave Jordan a standing ovation and the crowd could not stop cheering. This is definitely one we’ll be rewatching for days!

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On the Nov. 10 episode, Blake and Pharrell’s Top six artists will perform, and on Nov. 11, some major eliminations will be made. America will vote in two artist from each team, and then each coach will have to choose one out of their remaining four to complete the teams. How will they decide?!

HollywoodLifers, what did you think of tonight’s episode of The Voice? Which performances were your favorite?

— Alyssa Norwin