The Playoffs are here on ‘The Voice,’ and Jennifer and Blake are the first coaches in the hot seat. Check out our recap to find out how they cut their teams in half and decide which artists will make the live shows!
Jennifer Hudson’s team is kicking off The Voice Playoffs for Season 13, with Davon Fleming taking the stage first. She gives him quite a challenge by having him sing her own song, “I Am Changing,” which is quite a powerful track. Of course, Davon delivers it as only he can, and the coaches are blown away. “I hated that performance,” coach Adam Levine joked. “Because it wasn’t on my team.” He’ll certainly be a tough act to follow, but up next is Hannah Mrozak, who Jennifer stole from Adam in the Knockouts.
Hannah is given “Learn To Let Go” by Kesha to sing, which is the perfect fit, because it’s a pop song that Hannah can also relate to on a deeper level because of everything she’s been through with her brother’s suicide. “I was mesmerized by that performance,” Blake Shelton gushes. “I was like, where did this girl come from all of a sudden? And what a great time to do that!” Next, Jennifer reveals her Comeback Artist, Lucas Holliday, who she originally let go in the Knockout Round. He’s tasked with singing a challenging Prince song, and, naturally, brings the house down.
Shi’Ann Jones is the next artist to take the stage with a performance of “Tattooed Heart” by Ariana Grande. It’s the perfect pop song for 15-year-old Shi’Ann, and she belts it out to perfection. “You are my favorite artist on anyone else’s team,” Blake raves. “Every time you get on stage, there is something so special about you.” Next up, Chris Weaver sings “California Soul,” and as always, he impresses the audience and coaches, who all sing his praises.
Jennifer’s last singer of the night is Noah Mac, who she stole from Blake during the Battles. He performs an incredible rendition of “In The Air Tonight,” and blows everyone, particularly coach Miley Cyrus, away. “He’s hot!” she admits during the performance. Now, it’s up to Jennifer to decide which three contestants she wants to bring to the Live Show — that means three also have to go home. It’s an agonizing decision, but J-Hud chooses to keep Davon, Noah and Shi’Ann for the Top 12.
Now, it’s Team Blake’s turn! First up is Red Marlow, who stays true to his classic country roots with a rendition of “Chiseled in Stone.” This is a much more stripped down performance than we’ve seen from Red, but it still seems effortless. “You have such strong presence,” Jennifer praises. “I just want to come to your concert one day.”
Up next, Chloe Kohanski, who Blake stole from Miley in the Knockouts, performs “Time After Time.” She puts her own spin on the song, and everyone is blown away. “You just needed that moment to stand on your own in your own light,” Miley says. “And I loved it.” Blake chooses his comeback artist, Natalie Stovall, next, and she performs “Callin Baton Rouge” by Garth Brooks, which gives her a chance to show off her vocals AND talents as a fiddle player. “That was really cool and infectious,” Adam admits.
Esera Tuaolo is up next with a rendition of “How Do I Live,” which Esera can relate to on a personal level because of his previous struggle to come out as a gay man. It’s an emotional and touching performance, which earns praise from the coaches. Next, Mitchell Lee sings “Heaven” by Bryan Adams, which is the perfect fight. He does an incredible job belting it out, and Miley raves, “You showed everything you needed to show in the Playoffs.”
The final performer of the night is Keisha Renee, who gets a bit emotional while singing “Love Can Build A Bridge.” All in all, it was a touching performance, that also featured incredible vocals. Now, of course, it’s time for Blake to make his big decision, and he’s, admittedly, very torn. In the end he picks Keisha, Red, and Chloe to move on to the Live Shows.
HollywoodLifers, who is your fave artist on Season 13 of The Voice?