‘The Voice’: Full Recap After First Live Playoffs Episode

by Amy Myers

We’ve finally reached the live playoffs in The Voice competition, and the contestants definitely didn’t disappoint. Still debating on who should stay? Check out our recap of Monday’s The Voice episode.

Let’s start with Team Kelly. Clarkson’s team started the live playoffs with five strong performances. Girl Named Tom kicked off the night with their rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep.” The trio flawlessly covered the wide range of notes that they infused into their version of the rock classic. They slowed the tempo, adding a haunting beauty to the song.

Katie Rae impressed us with the grit and runs she added to “Stormy Weather,” but did she add enough originality to the performance? Meanwhile, Gymani absolutely nailed her rendition of “Say Something,” which unfortunately for Katie Rae, made her performance look dull by comparison. And as for Jeremey Rosado and Hailey Mia, well, let’s just say, move over Bruno Mars and Olivia Rodrigo.

‘The Voice’: Team Legend Performances

Next up was Team Legend. Not surprisingly, Shadale blew us away with Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain.” And her stage presence was hypnotizing. Joshua Vacanti always has the element of surprise on his side. We never expect him to have such a commanding yet crystal clear voice, and his choice of Lady Gaga’s “You and I” was very fitting for his abilities.

How Legend ended up with Jershika Maple and Shadale is beyond us, but between the two, the coach has talent to spare. Following her starstruck performance, Samuel Harness added some much-needed grit and rasp to the stage. Unfortunately, David Vogell’s rendition of Kacey Musgraves’ “Slow Burn” just didn’t resonate as well as we hoped. Especially in those first few notes, it seemed nerves got the best of him.

Team Ariana Performances

We definitely weren’t ready for the punch that Team Ariana’s contestants packed in their performances. Raquel Trinidad proved you don’t need a feathery voice to nail “Don’t Know Why.” With her high register, she added her own flair to the classic rainy-day tune. Next up was the duo of Jim and Sasha Allen, who at parts were in perfect sync, but in other moments just didn’t hit the mark.

Meanwhile, we had high hopes for Bella DeNapoli’s cover of Gwen Stefani’s “Great Escape,” but, alas, we were sorely mistaken. The start of the song was promising, but then DeNapoli added too much to the tune and veered too far off the path. Next was Ryleigh Plank, who revived the stage with her rendition of “I’m Your Baby Tonight” as well as fellow competitor, Holly Forbes with “Torn.”

Team Blake Performances

Peedy Davis came onto the stage in his usual Presley attire, doing Tina Turner justice with his version of “Proud Mary.” LiBianca gave all the sass we wanted with “Woman,” feeling the song from head to toe. It was hard to keep still during her performance.

Of course, the one to watch on Team Blake was Paris Winningham, who was a steal from Team Legend last episode. He proved to be a solid addition to the team with his cover of “I Wish It Would Rain.” Likewise, Wendy Moten and Lana Scott matched his talent. As always, Scott delivered an unshakable performance and Moten left the audience stunned with her tribute to Whitney Houston.