Those playoffs begin Monday, with each coach selecting three members of his or her team to advance to the Season 13 finals.
Yes, I know, that’s the stage of the competition where fans have typically had a chance to vote for their favorites in the past.
But this year, The Voice decided pre-taped playoffs with coaches making all the decisions was a better approach.
Of course, I’d call it a step backwards.
Anyway, here’s how the playoff teams stack up, if you’ve lost track:
Team Adam Levine: Anthony Alexander, Emily Luther, Jon Mero, Adam Cunningham (stolen from Team Blake), Addison Agen (stolen from Team Miley).
Team Blake Shelton: Red Marlow, Mitchell Lee, Keisha Renee, Esera Tuaolo, Chloe Kohanski (stolen from Team Miley).
Team Jennifer Hudson: Chris Weaver, Davon Fleming, Shi’Ann Jones, Noah Mac (stolen from Team Blake), Hannah Mrozak (stolen from Team Adam).
Team Miley Cyrus: Ashland Craft, Brooke Simpson, Janice Freeman, Moriah Formica, Adam Pearce (stolen from Team Adam).
I’ll post more on what I expect to happen in the playoffs this weekend.
In the meantime, here’s the recap of Tuesday’s show.
WHAT? NO STEAL?
Team Jennifer Hudson
The match: Chris Weaver versus Katrina Rose
The songs: Chris performed “I Put a Spell on You” by Jay Hawkins; Katrina performed “Zombie” by The Cranberries
Background: Chris turned four chairs in the blinds, then prevailed over Kathrina Feigh in the battle round when they performed “Dangerous Woman.” Katrina’s blind audition was montaged. But she made a big impression in the battles, when she performed “Woman” alongside Janice Freeman and prompted Jennifer to steal her.
The outcome: Chris won the match and advances to the playoffs; Katrina was eliminated from the show.
My take: First off, I could attach a whole list of superlatives to Chris’ performance and he’d deserve every one. No way a four-chair turn performs like that and doesn’t advance. But the coaches must have been out of saves when Katrina performed for her not to merit a steal. I mean, she was powerful too. For the second straight time, I might add. Looking at the Top 200, she should be included. Perhaps the coaches will redeem themselves with a comeback invite. How impressed was I with these two: I’d rate their dual performances as the best of the knockout round.
THE COACH GOT IT WRONG
Team Adam Levine
The match: Anthony Alexander versus Hannah Mrozak
The songs: Hannah performed “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna; Alexander performed “Mercy” by Shawn Mendes
Background: Hannah turned three chairs in the blinds, then won a battle round match with Brandon Showell. They sang “Cold Water.” Anthony Alexander also turned three chairs in the blinds; then won a battle round match with Michael Kight that didn’t air.
The outcome: Adam advanced Alexander to the playoffs; Hannah was stolen by Jennifer.
My take: Honestly, I’m not sure what Adam was listening to. Alexander flashed potential, but I had trouble making out the lyrics during his first and second verse he seemed so tentative early in the performance. Hannah seemed much more comfortable on stage and delivered a vocal that should have secured a spot in the playoffs without needing a save from Jennifer.
THE COACH GOT IT RIGHT
Team Blake Shelton
The match: Red Marlow versus Megan Rose
The songs: Red performed “Outskirts of Heaven” by Craig Campbell; Megan sang “Smoke Break” by Carrie Underwood.
Background: Megan Rose snagged the final spot on Team Miley in the blind auditions. She then captured the final steal of the battle round; Blake used it after her performance of “Good Hearted Woman” with Ashland Craft. Red turned two chairs in the blinds; then defeated Ryan Scripps in the battle round when they sang “Fishin’ in the Dark.”
The outcome: Red won the match and advanced to the playoffs; Megan was eliminated.
My take: How can you not root for Red, the guy who’s hoping The Voice allows him to spend more time with a guitar and less with a hammer (he’s been working construction to make ends meet). He delivered another in a string of solid performances.