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‘The Voice’ Recap: Teams Gwen, Reba Impress in ‘The Voice’ Playoffs

John Legend, Gwen Stefani, Niall Horan, and Reba McEntire on 'The Voice'Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

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The Voice returned to NBC tonight for the second edition of this season’s Playoff Rounds. The pre-recorded episode began with Team Reba. Within the first few minutes, McEntire explained that she has one less singer than the other teams. Her singer Tom Nitti dropped out of competition due to personal reasons.

Team Reba Impresses in The Playoffs

This Playoff Round began with Team Reba’s country standout, Jordan Rainer. Jordan returned to the stage singing “Boondock” by Little Big Town. Within the coach comments, John Legend explained that this singer has a clear sense of who she is, so she’s prepared for the live rounds.

Following Jordan’s performance, McEntire revealed her super save pick of the season, Ms. Monet. The artist, known for her time as a background singer, was a great returning pick. In the package, it was clear that both McEntire and Ms. Monet were just as excited about her return.

Ms. Monet came back to the stage with Aretha Franklin’s “Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do).” This rendition was lively and well planned. It was clear that Ms. Monet was ready to fight for her place in the live shows with this performance.

Up next was Jacquie Roar singing “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac. Jacquie’s goal is to become a country/rock singer, so she admitted that she’d be changing up the song ever-so-slightly. The choice’s were so tasteful for the arrangement, and all the coaches complimented it.

Team Reba’s Youngest Members Give Best Performances Yet

The next Team Reba member to perform was country-folk singer Noah Spencer. He came back to the stage singing “Jolene” by Ray LaMontagne. This singer worked on his stage presence with his coach ahead of his performance. His performance blew McEntire, and the audience away. If I had to pick a favorite of the episode, it would probably be Noah. Everything about this song was working in favor for him.

Following Noah was young country singer Ruby Leigh. Although she’s not sure she can resonate with the song, Ruby picked the song “Long Long Time” by Linda Ronstadt to perform. Even though the singer didn’t have much confidence when it came to resonating with the song, it seemed like she held the song close to her. Coach Niall Horan even commented on the fact that this performance was the best rendition he’s heard of the song.

In the end, McEntire got to pick three artists to represent her team in the Live Shows. After talking about how wonderful her team was, she announced the singers moving on. Now, Team Reba is represented by Jordan Rainer, Jacquie Roar, and Ruby Leigh.

The second hour of the show was handed off to Team Gwen. The round began with Stee, who Stefani stole from John Legend. Stee decided to bring “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon. Typically, this singer is performing this song with his band. Even without a band, Stee put on quite the show.

Up next was Stefani’s final country artist, BIAS. The singer picked to perform “Where I Found God” by Larry Fleet for this performance. Since he’s sang mostly quicker music to this point, BIAS picked this song to prove that he can tell a story. This was definitely his best performance yet, and he was successful with his objective.

Singer Dedicates Emotional Song to Her Late Aunt

Following BIAS was Stefani’s saved singer Rudi. After a tough competition, Stefani picked Tanner Massey as the winner of the competition, then decided to save Rudi. Given Rudi’s recent loss of her aunt, the singer decided to perform “My All/Mi Todo” by Mariah Carey in English/Spanish. This performance really spoke to the audience, her emotions were completely felt throughout each moment of the song.

Up next was 19 year old Tanner Massey. The young singer decided to perform “Impossible” by Shontelle in the Playoffs. Tanner is not my favorite singer of the season, since he hasn’t really shown much variety throughout the competition, but this was a good performance. I still wish Tanner would show us a different side of himself.

Stefani’s super save singer is Lennon VanderDoes. While talking to Lennon, Stefani explained that coaches were not only given the ability to bring back their own team, but anyone from any team. So, Lennon got to join Team Gwen to perform “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. Once again, Lennon showed off his unique tonality impressively on the stage.

The final Team Gwen member to perform is Kara Tenae. For her performance, she picked “Rain” by SWV. This R&B rendition was quite impressive, causing other coaches to compliment Kara’s tonality and fluidity.


In the end, Stefani decided to pick BIAS, Kara Tenae, and Tanner Massey to represent her in the upcoming Live Shows. Tomorrow night, The Voice will return to NBC for another set of Playoff Rounds. Be sure to tune into NBC at 9 p.m. ET so you don’t miss anything.

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