'The Voice' Playoffs wrap as Miley Cyrus sends Brooke Simpson, Janice Freeman and Ashland Craft to live shows
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/16/2017
The Voice coach Miley Cyrus watched her team perform in "The Playoffs" before eliminating three of its six members during Wednesday night's special Season 13 broadcast on NBC.
"The Playoffs" concluded with six impressive performances from the members of Miley's team last night.
In addition to the five artists who had survived the previous rounds, Miley also got to select a "comeback artist," someone whom she believed deserved a second chance in The Voice competition.
After her team's set of performances, Miley decided to advance the following three artists to next week's live shows: Brooke Simpson, a 26-year-old singer from the Haliwa-Saponi tribe in Hollister, NC, who currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL; Janice Freeman, a 32-year-old single mom and cervical-cancer survivor from Compton, CA; and Ashland Craft, a 21-year-old honky-tonk band singer from Piedmont SC.
Miley followed her heart when making these decisions, revealing that she advanced Brooke because of her "endless potential" and "really good instincts," and the coach sent Janice through to the next round because her "voice is perfection" and she'll be a "fan favorite."
As for Ashland, Miley wanted to take a "country queen" all the way to the end, and she feels Ashland may be her ticket to the finals.
The artists whom Miley therefore chose to eliminate were Adam Pearce, a 31-year-old rocker from New Orleans, LA; Moriah Formica, a 16-year-old rocker from Latham, NY; and the coach's comeback artist of the season, Karli Webster, a 20-year-old from Santa Clarita, CA.
The Voice broadcast began with Brooke performing "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" by JAmes Brown, and both Adam and Miley gave her a standing ovation.
Adam yelled out "damn" after the performance, saying that only a handful of people could execute a vocal like that, with such power, passion and technique. Blake said it was perfect, and Miley noted that the song's lyrics fueled Brooke's fire. Miley thought Brooke did everything she needed to do to advance -- not too much or too little.
Karli sang "Coat of Many Colors" for her Playoff by Dolly Parton.
Adam noted she's "so awesome" and her performance was by far her best. Adam said if he had to choose between Miley's team members, he would definitely keep her. Blake acknowledged that Karli appeared natural and comfortable onstage, and then Miley explained how Karli "occupies a space of vintage sound" that is missing in music today.
Pearce then took the stage with "Love Hurts" by Nazareth, showing a more vulnerable side to his rockstar ways.
Coach Adam admitted that no one ever performs that song because no one can sing it considering the key is so high. The Maroon 5 frontman was very impressed, as was Jennifer, who said he commanded the room. Miley was happy that Pearce was able to convey a meaningful lyric on the show.
Adam confessed that "Team Miley" is strong this season and Ashland delivered "a beautiful, incredible and unique performance." Blake was so upset that Ashland is not on his team because country music needs her right now. And then Miley added that Ashland knocked the song out of the park.
"She's still a killer," Adam told Miley after the Playoff performance.
Next up was Moriah with a vocal rendition of "World Without You" by Beth Hart.
Jennifer told the artist that she lost control of the song during the hook but she's still a star and should stick around. Blake admitted there are few female singers in the world who can do what Moriah does effortlessly. And while Miley loved the performance, she noted Moriah should stick to singing rough and tough songs.
After Moriah took the stage, Miley was shown telling the cameras that Moriah is a "superhero."
And last, but definitely not least, was Janice Freeman, who sang "Fall For You" by Leela James.
Adam was speechless after Janice performed, yelling, "Holy moly!" And Jennifer said she felt everything that Janice was feeling while she sang that song. Jennifer couldn't think of a reason why Janice shouldn't continue on in the competition.
Miley pointed out that Janice's voice is "a reflection of who she is," and the coach noted she wants more girls to be like Janice. Blake -- who called Miley's whole team "intimidating" -- thought Janice definitely needed to advance to live shows.
The Voice's Season 13 live shows commence next week, with the Top 12 taking the stage for home viewer votes.
Team Miley's members will join "Team Adam's Jon Mero, Adam Cunningham and Addison Agen; "Team Blake's" Keisha Renee, Red Marlow and Chloe Kohanski; and "Team Jennifer's" Davon Fleming, Noah Mac and Shi'Ann Jones.