Tonight on The Voice it’s The Playoffs Premiere show! After two rigorous Battle Rounds, the remaining 20 competitors have made it to The Playoffs phase of the season. There will be three episodes devoted to The Playoffs. Beginning with tonight’s episode of The Voice, the 20 singers left will perform for the coaches, and then each coach will eliminate two artists from their teams without public voting. The remaining top 12 artists left after the dust has cleared will then move on to the live shows.
Carson Daly, the host of The Voice, started off the episode by saying that the artists have chosen their own songs to sing tonight. The first vocalist up will be Audra McLaughlin from Team Blake. She will be singing “Broken Wing” by Martina McBride.
Audra sounded much better than she did in the rehearsals, and had her voice more under control. Her voice soared to the rafters, and the audience cheered for her; as she finished, they gave her a standing ovation.
Usher: “It’s almost effortless for you to sing songs like that.”
Shakira: “That was amazing, Audra. You gave 100% and it showed.”
Adam: “I think you’re spectacular. Blake, I love you; I hate you; and congratulations to both of you.”
Blake: “You just keep getting better every time you get on the stage. I don’t know what the heck I’m going to do today. It’s going to be a tough decision for me today.”
Tonight, we will hear all of Team Blake’s singers perform. At the end of the episode of The Voice, he will have to send two of his team members home, and keep the three he feels will help his team continue onwards to victory. We’ll see he his next singer, Ryan Whyte Maloney, an ex-garbageman, does right after the first commercial break of the show.
Ryan will be singing “Second Chance.” Blake is a bit worried, because he knows that Ryan is taking a big chance with singing this difficult song.
However, Ryan started off the song really well, and he displayed a lot of vocal range with his voice. He ROCKED IT OUT! He sure knows how to sustain a note — he did that several times as he sang “Second Chance.” The audience roared their approval for him.
Usher: “There’s only one other singer that I think can hold and sustain notes like that. That guy down there,” he said, referring to Adam.
Shakira: “You did great hanging onto those high notes.”
Adam: “I like Usher better than I like Blake right now. Blake, I think I want to file for a Bro-vorce.”
Blake: “That’s the best overall I’ve heard you control your voice. I’m proud.”
Which two will Blake send home? He’s still got some great singers left — there’s Sisaundra Lewis, Jake Worthington, and Madilyn Paige to go.
After the break, Carson introduced Madilyn Paige, 16. She will be singing “Clarity” by Zed (feat. Foxes). Usher said that she “has a very big voice inside there.”
Blake tells her she needs to really get into the emotions of the song, and told her it’s her “last shot.”
Madilyn started off the song beautifully. I really like her voice. She looked more confident that I’ve seen her so far on The Voice, and she had the audience clapping along with her as she sang, with their hands over their heads. She was pretty AMAZING!
Usher: “I think you did a good job. “
Shakira: “Well done, Madilyn. I heard some pocket issues, but you did a good job. Congratulations.”
Adam: “You have to really let go.”
Blake: “I couldn’t be more confident and proud I used my steal on you. It’s going to be tough for me. I’m not gonna lie to you — I don’t know what I’ll do.” Blake thinks that she can do better — is this a hint that he won’t be keeping her?
After another commercial break, The Voice came back with Jake Worthington from Team Blake onstage to perform “Anywhere With You.” The first time he tried out for The Voice, he didn’t get a single chair turn.
Blake says that Jake Worthington is “the real deal” but that he really has to “step out.” In rehearsals, Blake offers him the advice to be both tender and strong at the same time.
Jake showed great stage presence, strolling about and singing, making hand gestures, acting as if he owned the stage, the song, and the audience. He really got the audience into the song, yelling out “C’mon!” at one point. He reached down and touched the hands of some audience members, also, as he sang. He did an AWESOME job! The audience gave him a standing ovation.
Shakira: “I can’t be objective with you, because I love you so much. I can’t get technical with you, because I think you’re a star.’
Usher asked him how he did, and said “If you don’t believe in you, nobody will.”
Adam: You were all jacked up on Mt. Dew out there — I loved it! I’m such a huge fan of yours.”
Blake: “The truth is, I have you and I have Audra. I have a lot of thinking to do.”Later, Blake said “He’s one in a million. He really is.”
Sisaundra Lewis will be Blake’s next performer to sing on The Voice. She’ll be singing “New York State of Mind.” We got to see a recap of how she got to this point in the season, and the favorable comments of the coaches along the way.
Blake told her that she doesn’t need to over-sing. He predicts that “she will go a long way in this competition.”
Sisaundra Lewis has a TERRIFIC voice — she had the audience cheering at various points in her performance. Her voice WAILED — she really had the audience in the palm of her hand. She should easily move on to the enxt round of competition.
Usher: “I’m blown away.”
Shakira: “Are you aware of the voice you have? You have a certain glam to your sound that is different from anyone in this room. You are elegant.”
Adam: “You are so incredible and versatile. You’re ridiculously amazing.”
Blake: “You make me have to rethink coaching. With you, I talk to you from in here,” he said, pointing to his heart. “I have a tough decision to make today, and I’m not looking forward to it at all.”
Right after the last commercial break of The Voice, Blake Shelton will have to make the decision that he’s been dreading, and send two of the singers on his team home.
Carson Daly said that all five of Blake’s artists have performed. Blake addressed his whole team, and told them that he “thinks the world of them.”
Carson asked who the first artist is that Blake will take to the Live Shows. “Sisaundra is moving forward,” he says. This was something of a no-brainer, but who knows what his other choices will be?
Carson then asked him who the second artist will be. “The next artist that I’m moving forward is — I’m moving Audra forward.”
Carson said that only one more of Blake’s artists will be moving forward. The team members left thanked Blake, and — didn’t make Blake’s decision any easier.
Carson asked him who the last artist was that he would be taking to the Live Shows. Blake said he hated “every freakin’ second of it,” deciding who would be moving on, but he picked Jake Worthington.
“I have no doubt that Team Blake is gonna crush it! All of you other coaches had better watch out,” Blake said at the end of the episode.
That’s it on this Team Blake-centered episode of The Voice. All five of his team members gave terrific performances. Did Blake keep the right three that will lead him to victory #4? What do you think, America? Please leave your comments below!
Written by: Douglas Cobb