It’s time for The Voice live shows! For the playoffs the show decided to make them live once again for season 7 (they were pre-recorded in season 6) and this round will narrow the coaches teams down from 5 to 3. This means that each coach will lose two members by the end of this week as the top 12 is revealed. Monday night (November 11) saw Team Adam and Team Blake singing for America’s vote to make the top 12.
After Adam Levine and the men of Maroon 5 hit the stage for an awesome performance of “Animals,” the live playoffs got started. Let’s take a look at the night’s contestants.
Who: Taylor Brashears (Team Blake)
Song: “Long Time Gone”
Thoughts: Pharrell said he loved her from the start and loves how she sings classics with her take. Gwen said she was shocked with how comfortable and effortless she looked and sounded up there while Adam added he loved her confidence that was cool to watch. Blake thought she did great and loves how everything comes together with her personality and sound.
Who: Chris Jamison (Team Adam)
Thoughts: One of my personal favorites of the night. Blake said it was a tough song to navigate but he did a great job with it while Pharrell said he saw a moment where the breathing was off but that was because of all the words and complimented him for doing what he did. Gwen said she loved his overall stage presence and the way he balanced the long notes and performer. Adam said he could tell he was super excited up there and kept control all the way through the song.
Who: Jessie Pitts (Team Blake)
Song: “Holding Out For a Hero”
Thoughts: Pharrell, who gave her a standing ovation, loved how she finds the sweet spots and stays there and loves that about her. Gwen kept wanting to be jealous of Blake but ended up being happy for her calling her “natural and original.” Adam said this was by far her best performance so far and loved the version of the song. Coach Blake called her original and agreed with Adam that it was her best performance yet.
Who: James David Carter (Team Blake)
Song: “Two of a Kind Workin on a Full House”
Thoughts: Pharrell said the way he ended it especially was amazing and loved how he took total control of the moment. Gwen said he sounds like a record like he’s already recorded and loved how he had everyone engaged. Adam said he’s one of his favorites and that he did an awesome job up there. Blake said he continues to be that “rock” and continue to sound great every time he gets on stage.
Who: Matt McAndrew (Team Adam)
Song: “God Only Knows”
Thoughts: Blake said it was sung perfectly and loved the interesting and different song choice that he did. Pharrell said it was just so awesome while Gwen said she was almost driven to tears and loves the personality and uniqueness of him. Adam added that beyond the competition that there’s a magical quality to his voice calling him fearless and unique.
Who: Reagan James (Team Blake)
Thoughts: Pharrell thought it was beautiful and was jealous she’s not on his team. Gwen thanked her for always listening to her in the past and loved how effortlessly it was and loved the song choice. Blake said she’s one of the most important people on the show with her voice and playing the guitar and all that.
Who: Taylor Phelan (Team Adam)
Song: “Cool Kids”
Thoughts: Former coach Pharrell said that he feels so proud still and he did exactly what he expected him to do. Gwen said he came out so great and he’s constant each and every time. Adam said he blew everyone away at the start and he just kills it each time and is so proud of him. He added that he’s still shocked he has Taylor on his team.
Who: Mia Pforrman (Team Adam)
Song: “Young and Beautiful”
Thoughts: Blake said her voice was perfect for that type of song and she did a great job of holding it all together up there. Pharrell called her the star of that performance and that she took over the room. Adam said he always expects her to be great but this time was different and loves how she listens to what he advises her to do.
Who: Damien (Team Adam)
Song: “I’m Not The Only One”
Thoughts: Blake loved how he has the ability to combine a soft smooth voice with power and complimented Adam on the song choice. Pharrell loved the way his voice goes up and down smoothly. Coach Adam said that he really capped off the night with his performance.
Who: Craig Wayne Boyd (Team Blake)
Song: “Some Kind of Wonderful”
Thoughts: Pharrell said that he’s done a great job staying on the right path and loved that performance. Gwen, who stole him in the battle rounds, said he has so much power on stage and commands the audience. Blake called it the performance of the night with all the power and stage presence.