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It’s time to determine who’s going to the live shows on The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET and on a special night this Wednesday on CTV), which means it’s Playoffs time.


This also means that every single performance is going to be amazing, and sitting in Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine or Blake Shelton’s chair has be the worst. For the rest of us, we just have to suffer through seeing our faves sent home.

TEAM J HUD

“I Am Changing,” Davon Fleming

Davon was assigned “I Am Changing” from Dreamgirls, the song that Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for. That means he got to learn how to sing the song from Jennifer Hudson, Oscar winner. Like, truly, how cool is that? Plus, the man can SANG and he’s one of the few people on The Voice and possibly in the world that can actually slay this song.

“Learn to Let Go,” Hannah Mrozak

Hannah was stolen from Adam’s team by Jennifer and while it seemed like a great fit, it unfortunately was Hannah’s weakest performance. Hudson chose a Kesha track for Hannah to channel her pain over her brother’s death, which makes sense on an emotional level, but the key wasn’t right for Hannah, whose strength lies in her earlier song picks that stuck with a more straightforward pop sound.

“The Beautiful Ones,” Lucas Holliday – COMEBACK ARTIST

Real talk, I shed a tear when I saw that J Hud brought Lucas back as her comeback artist. Didn’t know it was a thing, but I’m happy to see Lucas back on stage and not on a bus home. Jennifer gave Lucas a Prince song to show off his incredible falsetto and Lucas used the stage to show off the performance of a man who is not ready to be sent home…again.

“Tattooed Heart,” Shi’Ann Jones

What song do you give to a 15-year-old with a HUGE voice? Ariana Grande, obvi. Well played, J Hud. Shy Shi’Ann comes alive on stage, earning comparisons to Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys and more, all in one performance. Name an incredible pop diva. Shi’Ann can perform her song. I feel like Shi’Ann’s parents don’t let her upload videos to YouTube, because that’s the only reason we can think of why she doesn’t already have a record deal.

“California Soul,” Chris Weaver

Before Chris even stepped into the rehearsal room we thought he was a sure thing for the Live Shows, but being a musician doesn’t mean you’re good at picking songs. We’re looking at you, J Hud. The song didn’t show the range of Chris’ voice—which goes on forever—but it did show off natural ability as a performer.

“In The Air Tonight,” Noah Mac

Noah is 17 years old and came into rehearsal with his own arrangement for one of the most famous songs of all time. Even if he doesn’t win The Voice, this kid has a huge career in music ahead of him. Miley called Noah ‘so hot.’ Her words about a teenager, not ours. But yeah.

SINGERS MOVING TO LIVE SHOW: Davon Fleming, Noah Mac, Shi’Ann Jones

ELIMINATED: Hannah Mrozak, Lucas Holliday, Chris Weaver

TEAM BLAKE

“Chiseled In Stone,” Red Marlow

It’s a jarring switch to go from the huge theatrical voices of Team J Hud to the cornbread and country of Team Blake’s Red Marlow. His voice sure is purdy, but it’s almost less impressive than other contestants because Red makes it seem so easy that it borderlines on boring.

“Time After Time,” Chloe Kohanski

Blake was fine with Chloe doing her own arrangement of Cyndi Lauper’s classic “Time After Time,” which was his second great idea after stealing Chloe from Miley. Chloe kept her eyes closed for most of the performance, which may lose her performance points, but that voice. We’re ready to buy a CD that doesn’t exist yet.

“Callin’ Baton Rogue,” Natalie Stovall – COMEBACK ARTIST

Blake wasn’t going to rest until Natalie finally got to play the fiddle on The Voice, which earned her a spot as Blake’s Comeback Artist. Note to self – learn to play the fiddle before auditioning for The Voice. Also learn how to sing. Unfortunately for Natalie, her fiddle playing was stronger than her vocal performance.

“How Do I Live,” Esera Tuaolo

We weren’t feeling great after watching Esera’s rehearsal of LeAnn Rimes‘ signature song “How Do I Live,” and after watching his performance on stage, we weren’t feeling much better. We don’t blame Esera, though. We blame Blake. That was a brutal song choice, especially for a guy that made his name crushing opponents in the NFL. We would be giving Esera whatever song he wanted.

“Heaven,” Mitchell Lee

Mitchell has always struck us as a safe singer with safe song choices and Blake definitely gave him a safe pick with “Heaven.” Where was this softball for poor Esera? Mitchell’s got a strong and clean voice, but he strikes us more as a guy who should be backed by a band, not a solo artist.

“Love Can Build A Bridge,” Keisha Renee

Former Nicki Minaj back-up singer turned country star Keisha Renee sang so well in rehearsals that her hat levitated and fell off. That’s impressive. If Keisha was on Team J Hud, we’d say she should be nervous. But on Team Blake, she’s safe.

SINGERS MOVING TO LIVE SHOW: Keisha Renee, Red Marlow, Chloe Kohanski

ELIMINATED: Esera Tuaolo, Natalie Stovall, Mitchell Lee

Catch every episode of The Voice, Mondays and Tuesdays and on a special night this Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.

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