Trae Patton/NBCThe top 12 artists on The Voice returned to the stage Monday night for the second week of the live playoffs.
Coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams were on hand to critique all of the singers.
Sugar Joans of Team Pharrell opened the two-hour broadcast with her take on Al Green‘s “Take Me to the River.” Adam said Sugar is always in 12th gear. Blake commented that he always looks forward to hearing Sugar sing. Pharrell said Sugar covered new terrain with this performance.
Team Gwen’s Ryan Sill was up next with Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World.” Adam said Ryan’s voice was “so perfectly beautiful.” Both the Maroon 5 frontman and Pharrell urged him to pursue a career in rock music. Gwen said Ryan has come so far in a short amount of time.
Blake assigned the Swedish House Mafia hit “Don’t You Worry Child” to Jessie Pitts, who put her own spin on the song. Adam suggested to her that she continue to explore the big part of her voice and not be afraid to take chances. Blake said Jessie reminds him of his wife, Miranda Lambert, in that they both have the ability to make a song their own.
Team Adam’s Damien took on “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by The Hollies. Pharrell said Damien’s last run in the song felt like a great Southern church performance. Adam expressed how proud he was of his artist.
DaNica Shirey of Team Pharrell tackled Radiohead‘s first hit, “Creep.” Gwen called DaNica a “freak of nature” as a vocalist. Adam said the performance was not what he was expecting, in a good way. Pharrell added that DaNica was amazing.
Taylor John Williams covered the Bread song “If” for Team Gwen. Adam called it the perfect song choice for Williams. Gwen said it stripped away her artist’s fanciness and demonstrated what his voice is really like.
Team Blake teen Reagan James took on the Lenny Kravitz tune “It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over.” Pharrell praised her for making the song her own. Adam detected some nerves from Reagan, but he still liked the performance.
Team Pharrell’s Luke Wade sang “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. Adam observed that Luke was super-nervous, but he recovered like a pro. Pharrell added that Luke rose to the occasion.
Matt McAndrew belted out the Hozier single “Take Me To Church” for Team Adam. Blake and Adam said they had problems hearing his vocals, but they complimented him anyway. Pharrell said he can’t wait to hear the album Matt will record once Matt’s time on The Voice ends.
Blake gave his protégé Craig Wayne Boyd the George Strait classic “You Look So Good In Love.” Gwen noted that Boyd comes off as a natural on the stage. Pharrell said Boyd delivered a clean performance. Blake said he was very excited after hearing his artist perform.
Chris Jamison of Team Adam offered his rendition of the recent Nick Jonas release “Jealous.” Pharrell said it was “100 percent” Chris’ best showing to date. Adam said Chris may be cute, but he is a talented singer, too.
For the final performance of the night, Team Gwen’s Anita Antoinette entertained the coaches with “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley. Adam called it an important song, mentioning that former Voice winner Tessanne Chin once sang it on the show. Gwen described the performance as “authentic” and “beautiful.”
Two of the artists will be eliminated on Tuesday night’s results show, airing on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time. “Ghost” singer Ella Henderson will make an appearance.
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