The teams are complete! All four coaches on ‘The Voice’ officially decided the five artists they’ll be taking to the Live Playoffs on the Nov. 2 episode of the show. Read our full recap to find out what went down as the Knockout Round ended and see who’s making up the Top 20.
The Knockouts are over, and Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams have officially narrowed their teams down to five contestants each. Find out which 20 contestants make up Season 9’s Top 20 on The Voice in our recap of the Nov. 2 episode here!
James Dupre and Shelby Brown, who both got four-chair turns during the Blind Auditions. Shelby actually sang her very first country song on the show thus far and absolutely slayed her rendition of “Jesus Take The Wheel.” Her voice is so incredibly powerful and she’s taken all the advice from both Adam and guest advisor, Rihanna, so well. But James definitely gave her a run for her money when he performed “Sure Be Cool If You Did” — by fellow coach, Blake! Adam decided to make Shelby the fifth and final member of his team and James was sadly sent home. Besides the country singer, Adam will be taking Keith Semple, Jordan Smith, Blaine Mitchell, and Amy Vachal, his final Steal, to the Live Playoffs next week. With a unique group of singers, he definitely has a team that will be hard to beat!
Next up, Pharrell matched up Mark Hood and Siahna Im. Mark went for quite the classic by choosing to sing “Stand By Me,” and he was admittedly nervous about singing a song with no theatrics. But you definitely couldn’t see any of the nerves when he performed for the crowd — it was basically perfect. But Siahna is a force to be reckoned with, and even though she might come off as quiet and a bit meek, her voice said it all when she gave a rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black.” Pharrell chose to keep Mark, and with the other three coaches out of Steals, 15-year-old Siahna went home gracefully.
Gwen’s team went next, and the No Doubt singer chose to pit Jeffrey Austin and Kota Wade, her two rock singers, against each other. Jeff gave it his all when he sang “Turning Tables” by Adele, a track he connected to on an emotional level, which really added an extra element to the performance. But Kota was also so great with her performance of “Barracuda,” and she really took Gwen and Rihanna’s advice to control her singing, which was super helpful and proved she can take direction well. Jeffrey won the Knockout, and it’s clear Gwen has a special connection to him ever since she was the only one to turn around in the Blind Auditions. So awesome — he deserves it! Pharrell just wasn’t ready to use his final Steal on Kota, so unfortunately, she was sent packing.
Emily Ann Roberts and Nadjah Nicole from Team Blake were up next. Blake’s country cutie, Emily, sang “Cowboy Take Me Away” by the Dixie Chicks, which gave her an opportunity to show off her Bluegrass side, something she hasn’t been able to do just yet on the show. It was an amazing performance and proved that Emily Ann can be versatile while still sticking to those country music roots! But Nadjah was also incredible with her rendition of Alicia Keys’ “A Woman’s Worth,” and it made for a difficult decision for Blake. He ultimately chose to keep his country gal, Emily Ann, and predicted she’ll be on the radio “very soon.” We’ll be waiting! With that Knockout out of the way, the “Sangria” singer’s team is complete: He’ll also be bringing Ivonne Acero, Barrett Baber, Morgan Frazier and Zach Seabaugh to the Live Playoffs.
Pharrell paired up Evan McKeel and Tim Atlas for the next Knockout battle, and it was awesome! Evan sang “Dare You To Move” by Switchfoot, which he admitted was one of his favorite songs of all time and allowed him to show off the type of inspirational artist he can be. As one of Pharrell’s Steals from the Battle Rounds, Tim had a lot to prove, and he really gave it his all with a performance of “Torn.” But it was Evan who came out on top, and Tim’s journey on the show sadly came to an end.
Team Gwen had the final Knockout of the night, and it was quite a doozy when Regina Love, singing “Midnight Train To Georgia,” took on Riley Biederer, who sang “XO.” Both ladies, who also happened to be both of Gwen’s Battle Steals, totally killed it, and Gwen was left with a super difficult decision. She chose Regina, but that doesn’t mean it was the end of the road for Riley! Pharrell finally used his Knockout Steal, and Riley was given new life, advancing to the Live Playoffs on the “Happy” singer’s team — back with her original coach!
So, besides Riley, Pharrell’s final team also includes Evan, Mark, Darius Scott and Madi Davis. And Gwen will advance Regina, Jeffrey, Braiden Sunshine, Korin Bukowski and Viktor Kiraly to the Live Playoffs. AH, everyone is SO good, who could possibly win?!
HollywoodLifers, which coach do you think has the best team going into the Live Playoffs? Who do you think will be the winner of The Voice?
— Alyssa Norwin