Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani’s teams on ‘The Voice’ got to rest easy on the show’s Nov. 10 episode, as Blake Shelton and Pharrell’s contestants were put in the spotlight! Read our recap for a complete rundown of all the incredible remaining Live Playoff performances here.
The second half of the Top 24 totally just slayed it on The Voice! Blake Shelton and Pharrell’s artists performed for America’s votes on the Nov. 10 episode, and they definitely gave last night’s singers from Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani’s teams a run for their money. Relive the night’s performances and find out which previously-eliminated contestants each coach brought back for a second chance in our recap!
First up on this episode was Pharrell’s artist Darius Scott, who worked super hard to put a unique twist on Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown.” It’s always a cool thing to see the singers put out their own arrangements of well-known songs, and he transformed this track perfectly. “The way that you maneuver through a vocal…I don’t even know what it is,” Adam gushed. “It’s just a crazy ability you have. It’s just so flawlessly navigated and so soulful at the same time, which is a difficult combination. Wow. I’m pretty blown away.”
Ivonne Acero took the stage for Team Blake next, and making it to the Lives is definitely an especially big moment for her — the high schooler got zero chairs to turn in Season 8, and came back to land a spot on Pharrell’s team this season. She was stolen by Blake in the Battles, though, and the new coach-mentee pairing proved to be just right. The country singer guided Ivonne through her rendition of “One Of Us” by Joan Osborne and her performance was amazing!
Blake’s second contestant of the evening was next to go, and Morgan Frazier totally wowed with her countrified version of Hinder’s “Lips Of An Angel.” It’s been a wild ride for Morgan this season — she went from Blake’s team, to Pharrell’s and back to Blake’s after one final Steal in the Knockouts, but the blonde beauty’s confidence hasn’t faltered. “You’re like a country standard already to me,” her coach raved. “Watching you perform and the way you work the stage and the way you just command everybody’s attention and the way you build everybody up to those big moments…the way you ended that song with that big long note that you held out…if people don’t vote you through, then they must be full of hate! That is all I can say because that is SO good.”
Evan McKeel from Pharrell’s team was up next, and brought things right back to his impromptu a cappella performance from the Blind Auditions by performing the full version of “Overjoyed” by Stevie Wonder. Just from the brief bit we saw weeks ago, it was clear this was going to be pretty awesome, and Evan did not disappoint!
Next, one of Pharrell’s original team members, Madi Davis, took the stage to sing “Songbird” — wearing her signature hat, of course! — and the rendition featured the perfect soft, yet powerful, tone and unique vocals we’ve grown to love from the singer. And she’s got some skills on that guitar, too! The crowd was totally entranced, clapping along to the beat the entire time, and the coaches were also lovin’ it…Blake even called it Madi’s “breakout moment.” “I thought it was great,” Pharrell told his artist. “I think…America, she’s 16 years old. To be 16 years old and so talented beyond your years, I’m just glad you’re here on this journey with us. I want everyone at home to vote this 16 year old, super talented girl all the way through.”
The “Happy” singer finally got to reveal his comeback artist next, and it was Celeste Betton, who he actually let go of way back in the Battle Rounds and she, unfortunately, didn’t get picked up by another coach. But Pharrell didn’t forget her terrific match-up against Mark Hood, who’s also still on his team, and Celeste got another chance in the Live Playoffs with her performance of “Something In The Water” by Carrie Underwood. Celeste put her own spin on the country song and her real connection to the lyrics about changing and growing stronger was totally evident. Amazing!
We transitioned back to Team Blake for a performance from Zach Seabaugh next, and he proved his versatility with a rendition of “Brand New Girlfriend.” As his coach made clear, Zach is definitely the ladies man on this season, but his voice is just as loveable as his good looks and heartthrob qualities (okay, but those hip thrusts, though)! “All of the stuff you were doing, that’s a dangerous thing to try and do all that,” Adam admitted. “But you did it really well. So, you’re one of the few that’s been able to pull off all of the gyrations and all of the performance. That’s not something you want to mess with if you don’t have that thing, and you have that thing.”
Riley Biederer, who started on team Pharrell, got stolen by Gwen, and re-stolen by her OG coach in the Knockouts, totally slayed when she took the stage with a performance of Tori Kelly’s “Should’ve Been Us.” She definitely proved why she deserves to still be in this competition, and the audience totally loved it. “My favorite part about you is when you go up there and belt those notes,” Gwen said. “It’s so beautiful and your voice is so strong. You were great tonight, so much confidence, you look gorgeous and I miss you!”
And next we got to find out Blake’s comeback artist — Nadjah Nicole! The “Gonna” singer was super bummed to let her go in the Knockouts, and even admitted he’d known since the moment he eliminated her that he’d be bringing her back. Nadjah sang Diana Ross’ “Upside Down,” and it gave the viewers a chance to see a “fun, playful” side of her, which we haven’t witnessed until this point. “That’s so much fun for me to watch you in this moment right now,” Blake gushed. “You got to be what you were talking about — you were that just then. You sounded so good, you look amazing. Unbelievable, I love you!”
Another country artist from Team Blake, Emily Ann Roberts, took the stage next, and I still can’t get over how perfect this coach-artist pairing is. Is anybody getting Blake/Danielle Bradbery vibes? Remember she won Season 4 and is now a successful country artist — just sayin’! Anyway, Emily totally killed it when she sang a chill-inducing version of “In The Garden,” and she’s just so darn cute, too! “You’re one of my favorites on Blake’s team for sure,” Gwen raved of her boyfriend’s artist. “You’re so pure. You’re so honest and pure and your instinct is so true. To be so young and have all that going is kind of mind-blowing. And your beauty on top of all that!”
For his performance, Pharrell’s final artist, Mark Hood, transformed Justin Bieber’s hit “What Do You Mean?” into something brand new, but just as amazing! Not only does Mark have a great voice, but his performance skills are incredible, and the crowd is always totally into what he’s doing. “Listen to that,” Pharrell noted of the wild crowd. “That was unbelievable. What you just did was amazing. You proved your name completely right — you are marked for this, dude.”
Closing out the night was one of Season 9’s most memorable artists, Barrett Baber, who has already connected with the audience emotionally by sharing his story of surviving a plane crash. But he took things to a whole new level tonight by singing Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck” — it gave me maaaajor chills and was SO. GOOD! “Wow, Barrett, you give so much every time,” Gwen told the country singer. “It’s like every note, every stance…it’s so much emotion. It’s a lot. I’m such a fan of you for that. It’s very powerful. Really, really, really good.”
Well, America has officially seen the Top 24 perform, and on the show’s Nov.11 episode, half of the contestants will be eliminated. Two artists from each team will make it through based on their viewer votes, and then their coaches will have to choose one of the remaining four to complete their teams. After all these amazing performances, we can’t even imagine how tough these decisions are going to be!
HollywoodLifers, what did YOU think of tonight’s episode of The Voice? Did you think Blake or Pharrell’s team had the stronger performances?
— Alyssa Norwin