'The Voice' Live Playoffs: Top 20 artists sing live for America's votes, Kelly Clarkson says Will Breman won the show already
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/12/2019
The Voice featured the Top 20 artists from Season 17 taking the stage one at a time and performing for home-viewer votes in attempt to land a spot in the Top 13 -- and there was a surprising number of show-stopping, jaw-dropping performances.
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Blake wanted America to know how far Gracee has come since rehearsals, and he gushed about how he couldn't have been more proud of her.
Team Blake's Kat Hammock, an 18-year-old from Encinitas, CA, then sang "God Only Knows," and she received a standing ovation from all four coaches.
"I could not be any more proud right now. I've known about this since the first time I heard your voice. America, if she doesn't get through tomorrow, you need your head examined. This right here is one of the most unique human beings I've ever worked with on The Voice," Blake said.
And the final member of Blake's team that performed was Ricky Braddy, a 36-year-old from Nashville, TN, who sang "Roll With It."
Blake said Ricky brings so much energy and power to the stage every time he performs and it's "unbelievable." Blake insisted he really believed in this artist and gave him props for an excellent performance.
"Team Gwen" was up next, starting with Rose Short, a 34-year-old from Killeen, TX, who performed "What Have You Done With Me Lately" by Janet Jackson.
Rose received a standing ovation from all four coaches, and Kelly was so excited she couldn't even sit down.
Kelly called it "one hell of a performance" aesthetically and in terms of how it sounded.
After Kelly gushed about how sexy it was, Gwen said Rose's performance was "from another planet" and she couldn't comprehend how that was just done. Gwen admitted although the song was a risky choice, it totally paid off and Rose blew her away.
Kyndal Inskeep, a 22-year-old from Nashville, TN, took the stage with "Ten Thousand Hours" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on behalf of Gwen's team.
John complimented Kyndal's "golden tone," vibrato, and how no one else in the competition sounds exactly like her. He thought it was a lovely performance.
"You're just so unique. There's nobody that sounds like you," Gwen said, adding Kyndal's vibrato is even more extreme and cool than her own. "It was beautiful and I love how your voice breaks up. It's so original."
Joana Martinez, a 15-year-old from Miami, FL, then performed "You Can't Stop the Girl" by Bebe Rexha.
Blake, Kelly and Gwen got out of their chairs after Joana sang.
Blake -- who previously coached Joana -- admitted, "I knew this was going to happen, and I'm happy for you. I'm happy that you make me regret ever letting you go. I've done some stupid things in my life, and that might've been one of the stupidest."
Gwen explained the song was perfect for Joana and she showed the world just how "spectacular" she is as a vocalist.
Myracle Holloway, a 44-year-old from Los Angeles, CA, belted out "Get Here" by Oleta Adams, and Blake, Gwen and Kelly all gave her a standing ovation.
John said he loved Myracle's presence onstage, her tone, and the liberties she took with the song.
Gwen told her team member that Myracle's presence onstage is full of life and she appeared so happy singing that song. Gwen called the performance "extraordinarily beautiful."
And finally for Team Gwen, Jake Haldenvang, a 24-year-old from Charlotte, NC, performed "Turning Tables" by Adele.
Kelly admitted she's a big fan of Jake's soulful and rock and roll voice. She appreciated how versatile his voice is and how he can sing basically any genre.
Gwen agreed Jake's voice "does everything" and his vocal performance was "spectacular."
Kelly's team on The Voice this season was then featured one by one, and Shane Q kicked things off with "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli.
Blake insisted Shane Q is going to stick around on the show for a while because he's so talented. He said he knocked a song like that "out of the park."
Kelly gushed about how Shane Q "can sing anything" and probably do it better than the original artist. Kelly called him "blessed" with a gift.
Hello Sunday, a duo of 14 year olds -- Chelsea Glover and Myla Finks -- from Atlanta, GA, belted out "Hello" by Adele.
Gwen was "so mesmerized" by that performance and she dubbed them "incredible." Kelly couldn't imagine singing live like that at 14 years old, and she told them it was "a bold song to pick" and they built their sound up to "a beautiful and magnificent place."
The next Team Kelly member to sing was Damali, and she performed "You Say" by Lauren Daigle.
John loved Damali's storytelling ability in both her voice and gestures. He said she appeared totally invested in the song and her voice sounded wonderful.
Kelly said Damali really acted out the song in character and it was exciting to have her as a team member because she didn't know exactly what she was capable of. Kelly told her to "believe more" in herself because she's "incredibly gifted."
Max Boyle, a 23-year-old from Toledo, OH, took the stage afterwards with "Falling Slowly" by Glen Hansard, and all four coaches got up on their feet for them.
Kelly said she actually recorded Max's rehearsal for this song and listened to it before she went to bed. Kelly was blown away by how gifted he is, and she said, "There's no way you're not going all the way! You're so good, man!"
Jake Hoot, a 31-year-old from Cookeville, TN, performed "You Lie" by Reba McEntire.
Blake said that song was a tall order for Jake because he had some big shoes to fill but he did a great job and "knocked it out of the park." Kelly added he has "a killer range" and she was so glad he chose that song and "nailed it."
John's team closed out the show, beginning with Khalea Lynee, a 36-year-old from St. Petersburg, FL, who sang "Love Like This" by Faith Evans.
Gwen thought her voice sounded "beautiful" and said her performance was cool.
"Khalea, you are so amazing to me. You carry yourself with such grace. You have such a soulful, beautiful voice. You make everything look so easy and sound so easy. It just flows out of you. You are such a gifted, gifted performer," John said.
Alex Guthrie, a 25-year-old from Marietta, GA, sang "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys.
"God, you are so lucky because you're so good! John, he's going to go to the finale, man!" Kelly said.
John thought the performance was rich, soulful and beautiful from beginning to end, and the coach was ecstatic for his team member.
Next up for Team Legend was Marybeth Byrd, an 18-year-old from Armorel, AR, performed "Love Me Like You Do" by Ellie Goulding, and all four coaches got up on their feet.
Blake said Marybeth's performance erased the technical difficulty she had at the beginning of the song because her voice "soared," and John admitted he had just "shocked" her.
John said her performance was "head and shoulders" above anything else she's done so far in the competition. He acknowledged she was so in control.
Will Breman, a 25-year-old from Santa Barbara, CA, sang his own version of "Style" by Taylor Swift. All four coaches got up on their feet for Will.
Kelly looked totally stunned by that performance, and she said, "That was amazing! That was amazing. Like, you just won The Voice! You just won The Voice, the artist, the rad human -- you won it all. That was crazy!"
John said Will exuded charisma, personality, and true artistry. He called him "inventive" and said it was a joy to watch him take the stage.
And finally, Katie Kadan, a 38-year-old from Chicago, IL, belted out "Always Remember Us This Way" by Lady Gaga.
"Katie, you have so much soul in your voice and just everything about you, you ooze so much emotion and power. I think everyone hasn't gotten to see you in those tender moments yet... [and] they were so wonderful," John said. "It was such a stunning performance."