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‘The Voice’ Recap: Live Shows Kick Off with Top 20 Performances

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

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The Voice Season 21 returned on Monday night, as the Live Playoffs officially began. The Top 20 artists performed for their chance to move on to the next round. Voting is open to viewers until 7 a.m. ET on Tuesday morning.

Only 13 artists will make it to the next stage of the competition after Tuesday night’s results show. That includes the winner of the Wildcard Instant Save, which will also feature the artist who won the Comeback vote last week.

Monday’s episode featured some seriously impressive performances from all four teams. It’s sad to think that we’ll have to say goodbye to so many talented artists tomorrow night.

Youngest ‘The Voice’ Contestant Hailey Mia Has the Crowd Going Wild

Team Kelly was full of incredible performances on Monday night, but one standout was Hailey Mia. The youngest singer in the competition just turned 14 years old. Tonight, she performed Olivia Rodrigo’s song “Traitor,” showing off a voice beyond her years.

The crowd screamed for pretty much every performance this week, but the audience excitement was particularly palpable as Hailey performed. Her soaring notes are almost certain to carry her into the next round one way or the other.

Hailey’s coach Kelly Clarkson stood up during the performance and refused to sit down while giving her feedback. She praised Hailey’s voice and said record labels should be clamoring to sign her. Her former coach Ariana Grande said she’s “never sounded better.”

Kelly Clarkson Regrets Letting Jershika Maple Go

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John Legend stole Jershika Maple from Team Kelly in the Battles. Tonight, she took the stage to perform “Beggin'” by the Four Seasons. Her performance was so incredible, her former coach said letting her go was “the worst decision I’ve made on this show.”

Clarkson described Jershika as “electrifying,” saying her “vocals are insane.” Legend countered her claim by saying that letting Jershika go was actually “one of the best decisions” she ever made. No matter what team she’s on, she’s a fantastic singer.

Jershika wasn’t the only strong performer on Team Legend tonight. In particular, Shadale wowed Blake Shelton with her performance of “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna. Shelton said she “came here tonight to win this damn thing,” adding that she “took the stage by storm.”

Blake Shelton Loves Bella DeNapoli’s Gwen Stefani Cover

Team Ariana star Bella DeNapoli channeled Gwen Stefani for her performance on Monday night, singing “The Sweet Escape.” She brought her own unique flavor to the song, and Stefani’s husband Blake Shelton was seriously impressed, saying he can’t wait for Stefani to hear it.

He added that Stefani and her collaborator Akon “are probably gonna have to add you to the copyright.” Coach Ariana Grande, meanwhile, told Bella that she has a “clear sense of artistry” that makes her a “perfect pop star.”

Another standout on Team Ariana was Holly Forbes, who sang a slowed-down, heartfelt version of “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia, showing off her powerhouse voice. She’s another artist Clarkson regrets letting go from her team, but she said she’s “so happy you’re still in the show.”

Shelton’s Team Blows the Roof Off to Close the Show

Shelton won last season with Cam Anthony, and he’s definitely in the running to take home this season’s trophy as well, based on the strong performances from his team members tonight. It all started when Peedy Chavis gave an energetic performance of “Proud Mary” that had him using the entire stage. Shelton said his mom is voting for the 19-year-old.

Then Libianca gave a sultry performance of “Woman” by Doja Cat, earning a standing ovation from the judges, with Shelton praising how connected she is to every song. After that, Paris Winningham’s performance of “I Wish It Would Rain” by the Temptations had Clarkson throwing her shoe at him.

Lana Scott then sang “Next Girl” by Carly Pearce, with Shelton saying the country music industry needs her. After that, Wendy Moten closed the show with a performance of “I Will Always Love You” that blew the roof off. Clarkson said it would be “insane if you don’t make it to the finale,” while Shelton said he’s rooting for her more than any other artist he’s ever coached.

Who Won ‘The Voice’ Comeback Vote?

Last week, an eliminated artist from each team was up for a Comeback vote, giving one artist a chance to join the live shows. The winner of that vote will be revealed on Tuesday night, and that artist will perform as part of the Wildcard Instant Save to round out the Top 13.

Two artists from each team will move on based on votes from viewers. The coaches will also save one artist on their team. One artist from each team will also compete in the Wildcard Instant Save, with fans voting during the episode to keep one in the competition.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite artists, and tune in for Tuesday night’s results to find out who made it.

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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