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'The Voice' "Live Playoffs" recap: Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys' teams perform, six artists advance and six go home


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/18/2017 

The Voice coaches Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys are one step closer to completing their teams for the highly-anticipated live shows.

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The Voice kicked off "The Live Playoffs" in Monday night's episode during which all of the members on Blake and Alicia's team performed a coach-selected song for home viewer votes.

The coaches each began the night with five members remaining on his or her team; however, each coach was afforded the opportunity to invite a talented and memorable previously-eliminated artist to return to the Season 12 competition.

Blake asked Felicia Temple from Teaneck, NJ, to be his "comeback artist," while Alicia chose to bring back Jack Cassidy from Westlake Village, CA.

The Voice episode featured real-time voting and real-time results. America voted live to save two artists on each team, whose coach must then choose one of the four remaining artists to advance to next week's live shows, eliminating the other three hopefuls.

The four artists whom America voted through to the Top 12 were Team Blake's Lauren Duski from Gaylord, MI, and Aliyah Moulden from La Habra, CA, as well as Team Alicia's Chris Blue from Knoxville, TN, and Vanessa Ferguson from Greensboro, NC.

After America's vote, Blake decided to save Terry "TSoul" Pinkard from Richmond, VA, from the bottom four, sending the following artists home: Felicia; Casi Joy from Kansas City, MO; and Aaliyah Rose from Provo, UT.

Alicia opted to save Stephanie Rice from Houston, TX. The coach therefore eliminated Jack, Anatalia Villaranda from Temecula, CA; and Ashley Levin from Miami, FL.

Monday night's episode began with Team Blake taking the stage one by one, and his three advancing artists arguably delivered the best performances of the bunch.

TSoul sang "Knock On Wood" by Eddie Floyd and Blake said that if people didn't enjoy the performance, there is something wrong with them.

Aliyah M. performed "Mercy" by Duffy, and Blake called her a "firecracker" who showed off her love for vintage-sounding music all the while bringing youthfulness to the vocals. Lauren took the stage with "Someone Else's Star" by Bryan White, and Blake predicted there would be a "tidal wave" of support from country fans because her emotion behind the song was believable. 

For Team Alicia, her Top 3 artists -- Chris, Vanessa and Stephanie -- also wowed the audience.

Chris performed "Love On the Brain" by Rihanna, and Alicia said there wasn't a soul on this planet who could deny his gift, adding that Chris is also a beautiful human being. Vanessa sang "an On" by Major Lazer & DJ Snake, and Alicia said she's a woman who breaks the rules and has her own swag and identity.

Stephanie belted out a heartfelt rendition of "Every Breath You Take" by The Police, and Alicia admitted the artist always transports her somewhere else when she sings. Alicia appreciated her courage and authenticity.

Jack seemed very close to making the cut, but Stephanie had the edge. Jack sang "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" by Elton John, and Alicia gushed about the "greatness" he unleashed, saying he finally showed 100 percent of what he's capable of achieving musically.

During The Voice's Tuesday night "Live Playoffs" episode on April 18, Gwen and Adam's full teams -- plus their "comeback artists" -- will perform live for votes and ultimately face elimination. This week will conclude with the Top 12 being determined for Season 12.



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