The Voice will kick off this Thanksgiving week with three hours of recap footage, followed by the beginning of the no-longer live playoffs.
Yep, that’s right, Voice fans. You’re apparently going to have to wait until 9 p.m. Tuesday to see any new performances.
Monday night, The Voice will air a two-hour recap show called “Road to the Playoffs.” But that’s apparently not enough Voice filler, so NBC will air a recap of last Tuesday’s fourth knockout round episode on Tuesday at 9 p.m.
Then, finally, at 9 p.m., the playoffs will begin. My guess is The Voice will devote one hour to each team, meaning we’ll see all six artists from one team perform that evening.
Oh, and the no-longer-live playoffs will also, for the second straight season, include no fan voting. The choice of which artists making the voting rounds will be left entirely to producers and coaches.
Voice fans, have you given American Idol a chance lately? I mean, seriously, come spring, it’s such a better option.
Sure, you’ll have to put up with Katy Perry’s antics. Sure, the judges act more like fans of the artists than real judges.
But Idol actually allows you to vote early and often, and you get to watch the top contestants perform week after week after week. The Season 21 champ performed 12 times in voting shows alone and 17 times total.
Once The Voice stretches the pre-recorde3d playoff shows out as long as it possibly can, it will wrap up Season 24 with just three weeks of live shows.
That’s almost criminal considering the talent level on Season 24. I want to see the likes of Nini Iris, Mara Justine. Ruby Leigh and Huntley perform as often as possible as they compete for the Season 24 title.
And this week’s schedule shows that The Voice very easily could have / should have staged at least four weeks of live shows.
Here’s a look at how remains on each team, how they got here and my prediction for how they’ll fare.
Three artists from each team will advance, leaving a Top 12 when the live shows begin in two weeks.
Kara Tenae (3)
Lennon Vanderdoes (3)
Tanner Massey (3)
How they got here: Kara, Bias and Tanner won their Team Gwen knockouts. Lennon, formerly of Team Niall, was her super save. Gwen stole Stee from Team Legend. RUDI was her knockout round save.
Prediction: As a young male performer, Tanner appears to be a coach/producer favorite and backed that up with a solid performance in the knockouts. Lennon has one of my favorite male voices on the show. Stee has been steadily impressive. Kara ruled the stage in the knockouts with her combination of stage presence and vocal prowess. It’s hard to judge Bias because his knockout was montaged. My hunch is Tanner and Kara win spots in the lives, with the third spot going to whichever guy performs best this round.
Update: Kara Tenae, Bias and Tanner Massey were awarded spots in the live shows. Lennon, Stee and RUDI were eliminated. Check out Voice Views’ song by song grades for Team Gwen here.
Kaylee Shimizu (4)
Kristen Brown (2)
Lila Forde (4)
Mac Royals (4)
Taylor Deneen (2)
How they got here: Kaylee, Mac and Lila won their Team Legend knockouts. Taylor was John’s knockout round save. He stole Kristen from Team Gwen. AZAN was his super save.
Prediction: This is the group of the six where I think the three playoff spots are most up for grabs. Among the ladies, I thought AZAN was most impressive in the knockouts. John might feel more loyalty to Taylor, who’s unlikely fizzle and has been with him since the auditions. I can’t see both Azan and Taylor advancing. You also have to think John is pretty committed to young Kaylee, because he kept her over the more experienced Mara Justine. Mac might have an inside track on a spot because the male R&B lane appears wide open after the knockouts. And Lila has been impressive as a female singer-songwriter type, though Voice fans haven’t often rewarded singers of her ilk with spots in the finals. Where does that leave us? I think the three singers most likely to advance are Mac, Kaylee and Taylor.
Update: Team Legend will wrap up the playoff episodes at 9 p.m. Tuesday. The Voice has leaked Lila’s performance, a strong indication that she advanced.
Alexa Wildish (4)
Claudia B. (3)
Julia Roome (2)
Mara Justine (4)
Nini Iris (4)
How they got here: Alexa, Huntley and Nini won their Team Niall knockouts. Niall saved Claudia and stole Mara from Team Legend. Julia was his super save recipient.
Prediction: Talk about a team loaded with talent. Niall has potential winners in Huntley, Nini and Mara. I still can’t believe John let Mara leave his team. She owns the stage when she performs. Nini is capable of creating a Voice moment every time she performs. And Huntley might be the Season 24 favorite based on the strength of the three performances we’ve seen so far. Julia seemed unstoppable in the knockouts, but that trio’s capable of stopping her. It’s a shame she didn’t land on another team for this round because the potential she showed with that performance at such a young age was off the charts.
Update: Team Niall kicked off the playoff episodes last Tuesday. Nini, Mara and Huntley advanced. That meant the elimination of Julia, Alexa and Claudia B. Head here for song by song grades.
Jacquie Roar (4)
Jordan Rainer (4)
Ms. Monet (2)
Noah Spencer (3)
Ruby Leigh (4)
Tom Nitti (1)
How they got here: Ruby, Jordan and Jacquie were knockout round winners. Reba save Tom and stole Noah from Team Niall. Ms. Monet was the recipient of her super save.
Prediction: Ruby represents Team Reba’s best shot at winning Season 24. At 16, she’s already developed quite a fan base and shows poise beyond her years. Jacquie has been tearing up The Voice stage. Unless she stumbles badly in the playoffs, I expect her to advance. Noah might have the inside track on the third spot, partly because he’s so different from Ruby and Jacquie.
Update: Ruby Leigh, Jordan and Jacquie earned the spots in the live shows. That meant the elimination of Noah and Ms. Monet. Tom Nitti dropped out of the competition before the playoff performances were recorded. For song by song grades for Team Reba, head here.