For the very first time this season, America will have a say in what happens on ‘The Voice.’ The singers performed live on TV for the first time in hopes of winning over the viewers during the April 11 show, and we have full recap of everything that went down here!
The Live Playoffs are underway on Season 10 of The Voice! Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera’s teams were front-and-center during the April 11 episode, with each of their contestants singing for America’s votes for the very first time. Read our full recap of the episode and find out which two contestants the coaches chose as their “comeback artists” here!
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Paxton Ingram from Blake’s team is the first to perform and he decides to sing “How Deep Is Your Love” by Calvin Harris, opting for something more upbeat and entertaining compared to his usual ballads. “What a way to kick off the show, Paxton! Thank you so much,” Christina gushes. “This is what I came here for — to be entertained.” We couldn’t agree more!
Next up, Team Christina’s Ryan Quinn gets ready to take the stage. Xtina actually stole him from Adam Levine in the Knockouts, so their working relationship is new, but it’s already off to a great start! Ryan sings “Not The Only One” by Sam Smith, and it’s basically perfect — all four coaches are on their feet afterward, and he totally proved why he deserved that Steal.
Blake’s contestant Katie Basden is up next to perform for America’s votes, and he’s convinced Trisha Yearwood’s “Georgia Rain” is the absolute perfect song choice for her. It proves to be an incredible decision because Katie absolutely kills it, especially since she figures out how to connect to it on an emotional level. “It just feels like you’re already a big country star who’s on her third record and is just coming to The Voice to perform,” Adam, who originally had Katie on his team, admits.
Kata Hay, another country singer, but from Team Christina, is next to perform. She sings “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin, her very first ballad of the season, and during rehearsal, we even learn that she’s a yodeler! With this performance, Kata makes it clear she can basically do it all — country? soul? No problem!
This season, the coaches each get to bring back one eliminated artist from ANY team in the Live Playoffs, and Christina decides to go with Nick Hagelin, who was eliminated by Pharrell in the Knockouts. “He needed another opportunity and I wanted to dig in and see what he is really capable of,” Christina explains. Well, it turns out he’s capable of a LOT — his rendition of Rihanna’s “Stay” is EVERYTHING.
Up next, Blake’s singer, Joe Maye, who he stole from Christina after the Knockouts, prepares to take the stage. He works hard getting his performance of “Long Train Runnin'” just right, and it’s no surprise when he totally nails it onstage. “I was happy, I was thrilled that I was able to get you on my team, but this moment right now, after that performance, after that incredible performance, dude, you got me thinkin…we have a shot to win this thing!” Blake raves. “You blew me away!”
Another artist from Team Blake, Adam Wakefield, is up next. The “Came Here To Forget” singer chooses the country/soulful track “Seven Spanish Angels” for his Nashville rocker, and it falls right in his wheelhouse. “You are my favorite right now in this competition,” coach Adam shockingly admits of his nemesis, Blake’s, contestant. “You immediately get taken into what you do and I personally believe that that is the essence of what this show is all about.”
Team Christina is back up next, and it’s Tamar Davis’ turn to perform. Her coach wants her to tap into the artist she wants to become, and chooses “Rise Up” by Andra Day for her to sing. The ladies work together to perfect the performance, and it turns out great when Tamar goes live.
Blake’s country cutie Mary Sarah gets her chance to wow America next, and she chooses “Rose Garden” by Lynn Anderson to sing. The song has a special meaning to Mary since it’s her late grandmother’s favorite, and she puts her own spin on it for a contemporary twist. Mary’s connection to the track is evident in the performance, and she sounds better than ever.
Bryan Bautista from Christina’s team is next, and he decides to keep things super current by performing “Pillowtalk” by Zayn Malik. Remember, Brian got NO chairs to turn in Season 9, so this is a huge moment of redemption for him, and he struggles a bit in rehearsals with his coach. But when it’s time to go live, Brian totally kills it and gets a standing ovation from all four coaches.
Next, it’s time for Blake to reveal his comeback artist, and he chooses Justin Whisnant, a singer he let go himself in the Battle Rounds. For his second chance, Justin sings Travis Tritt’s “Here’s A Quarter,” and it’s obvious he’s got this country music thing down pat.
Closing out that night is Season 10 frontrunner, Alisan Porter, from Christina’s team. As usual, she completely slays her performance, this time singing “Cry Baby” by Janis Joplin, a personal favorite song. What a way to close out the night — WOW!
Only three artists from each team will make it to the Top 12, with two being voted in by America and the third being chosen by their coach. That means HALF of these singers will be eliminated after this Wednesday’s episode — EEK! Adam and Pharrell’s teams will perform on April 12, so check back here to find out how they do!
HollywoodLifers, who are your favorite singers left in the competition? Which coach do you think will win this season?