‘The Voice’ Live Playoffs Top 10 Recap: End of Season 15 with stakes higher than ever [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]


The end of Season 15 for “The Voice” is drawing closer and stakes are higher than ever now that December has arrived. The Top 10 contenders will perform on Monday’s show, with two of them to be eliminated on Tuesday’s results show. For each of the teams, Kelly Clarkson has three artists remaining, Blake Shelton has three singers and Jennifer Hudson and Adam Levine each have two in the final group of 10.

Read our commentary from the past four live shows for Monday, November 19, Tuesday, November 20Monday, November 26 and Tuesday, November 27. Enjoy our live updating blog item below as we offer you minute-by-minute commentary throughout tonight’s two-hour episode.

Here is a full list of all 10 remaining contestants for Season 15:

Team Kelly has Sarah Grace, Kymberli Joye and Chevel Shepherd.

Team Blake has Dave Fenley, Kirk Jay and Chris Kroeze.

Team Adam has DeAndre Nico and Reagan Strange.

Team Jennifer has Kennedy Holmes and MaKenzie Thomas.

And now make your own comments and constantly refresh the screen for our live updating blog below for Monday, December 3:

8:00 p.m. – The Top 10 go live tonight! They’re doing everything possible to advance to next week’s semi-finals and Blake will step on stage to debut a new single of his own. Let’s get started!

8:08 p.m. – We’re kicking things off with Team Jennifer’s incredible 13-year old, Kennedy Holmes. She’s showing off her youthful side with Meghan Trainor‘s hit, “Me Too.” After weeks of ballads, Kennedy is trusting her coach by having a little fun and performing an uptempo pop song. Backed by a team of dancers, Kennedy proves she is a natural entertainer as she works the stage while holding the vocals together. This had the potential to be a complete disaster but I think Kennedy absolutely nailed it! That dance number she did at the end? – okay lil’ Janet! This girl is a star! She brought all the coaches to their feet and the audience is fired up.

8:10 p.m.Carson Daly couldn’t hold back his own comments, calling her “incredible.” Kelly loves that she can nail a ballad like a professional, but she loved seeing her do something her age. Adam said, “If that was being 13, I sucked at being 13.” Jennifer was beaming as she said, “You never disappoint.” I agree and Kennedy should easily make the Top 8.

8:17 p.m. – Another teenager, Team Adam’s Reagan Strange is up next with Faith Hill‘s smash, “Cry.” She recalls when her parents were divorced when discussing how she emotionally connects to the song. Hoping to be the top streaming artist for the third week in a row, Reagan emerges on the fog-covered stage. She’s a little off-key throughout the first verse, but hits her stride during the chorus. During the second verse, she continues to struggle with some of the lower notes and clearly feels more comfortable in her belting range. Unfortunately, I just can’t get into this. It goes from off-key to screaming. Fortunately for Reagan, it won’t matter. She’s clearly got the fan base to sail into next week.

8:18 p.m. – Blake wants to cry because Reagan didn’t pick him as her coach. He points out how difficult the song is to sing, hinting at her faults without directly pointing them out. Kelly agrees and mentions that Reagan has an innate ability to express her emotions through song. Adam reveals Reagan raised the song a half-step higher than the original, making it even harder to sing. Well, she shouldn’t have. But as I said, she’s so likable it will not matter. Expect to see her next week.

8:27 p.m. – After 25 #1 country hits, Blake is still a force in the music business and is performing his latest single, “Turnin’ Me On.” Watching Blake joke around for years on “The Voice,” I feel a little uncomfortable watching him sing about this subject, haha. But, in general, it’s a good song. It sounds like a throwback to 70’s pop. But I’m not turned on.

8:37 p.m. – Team Kelly’s Sarah Grace makes it three in a row for teenage artists tonight! She is breaking out the trumpet to show off her unique take on the classic hymn, “Amazing Grace.” I can’t remember any artist playing a trumpet on the stage before so I’m thrilled. To top it off, she’s performing the song to the music of “House of the Rising Son” by The Animals. Hoping not to offend the audience by changing up a classic, she emerges showing off her bluesy vocals beautifully. She’s giving me vibes of the great Eva Cassidy and she sounds better than ever. Sarah then picks up the trumpet and shows off a little jazz instrumental before belting out the climax of the song. Bravo! This was her best performance of the season by far.

8:39 p.m. – Jennifer loved how the song displayed her confidence and showed all of her talents. Kelly said Sarah is special and she can’t believe how much soul the youngster has in her voice.

8:48 p.m. – We continue with Team Kelly’s Kymberli Joye singing “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” by Hillsong United. Wisely, Kymberli is continuing on her gospel path, which is her passion and led her to a top 10 iTunes hit last week. Kymberli once suffered from depression and believes she can relate to the lyrics of this song. I think it’s impossible for Kymberli to hit a wrong note and I love that she puts as much emphasis on the verses as the chorus. But when she does hit the chorus, those arms rise to the heavens and she lets those giant belts fly like only she can in this competition. It wasn’t quite the home run she hit last week, but wow that girl can sing.

8:50 p.m. – Blake thinks it was Kymberli’s most powerful performance so far because she could reign it in and give a controlled, impactful moment. Jennifer says there is nothing Kymberli can’t sing and is walking into her purpose. Kelly stressed the importance of moving people and Kymberli’s capability to do that is insane.

9:01 p.m. – Chris Kroeze is the first artist from Team Blake to take the stage tonight. He’s performing the barn-burner of a hit, “Callin’ Baton Rouge” by Garth Brooks. Blake is convinced Chris is a dark horse threat to win the title and I can’t totally disagree. Chris begins his performance softly with guitar in hand. He sounds great and quickly picks up the tempo. While he seems to always nail the vocal, I think what Chris is missing is that “X factor” it takes to be a star. Or at least win a reality talent competition. But I can’t deny that he sounds great and there are legions of fans across America that are probably eating this up! I have no doubt Chris will be rocking this stage again next week.

9:03 p.m. – Chris got Kelly on her feet as she exclaimed, “I love him!” She calls him relate-able, sweet and really talented. Blake is proud of Chris for bringing country music to America on live television and pleaded for viewers to vote for him.

9:10 p.m. – Team Blake continues with his Texas country singer, Dave Fenley, who will be performing “When You Say Nothing At All” by Keith Whitley. After throwing people for a loop with his beat-boxing last week, Dave is playing it more safely this week with classic country music. I definitely prefer this more sincere side of Dave, whose gravely voice shines during ballads like this. I don’t find this performance particularly inspiring though. It was fine, besides the over-stretched belt at the end. Meh.

9:12 p.m. – Jennifer doesn’t know a lot about country, but she knows about voices and Dave definitely has one. Kelly compliments the “ache” in his voice and believes it was a perfect song choice. Blake says Dave never does the same thing twice when he sings and everything comes straight from the heart.

9:25 p.m. – Team Adam’s DeAndre Nico is up next. The soul singer had a brush with elimination last week, and after winning the Instant Save, he’s hoping to keep himself safe this week singing “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars. Nobody has sang this on “The Voice” before and Adam thinks DeAndre is the one artist capable of doing it justice. He takes the stage, immediately injecting energy into the performance. DeAndre is unquestionably one of the best vocalists in the competition, but he stays under the radar because he’s not particularly memorable. I think this was poor coaching by Adam because this song isn’t working for me. DeAndre nailed the vocal (he always does) but he doesn’t have the charisma needed for this one.

9:26 p.m. – Jennifer loved that he showed a “more performance side” tonight. Kelly loved the performance, especially the ending. Adam said it felt special and he hopes it transferred through television to viewers at home. I’m not sure it did.

9:35 p.m. – Team Kelly’s Chevel Shepherd is ready to perform her version of “You’re Lookin’ At Country” by Loretta Lynn. Chevel hopes to make an old-school country album one day so this is a perfect song choice. The yodeling comes naturally to the 16-year old and I enjoy her fresh take on classic country. Her voice is pure, but it has a bite to it that keeps things interesting. I would like to have seen her work the stage a bit more rather than being stuck up on a pedestal for most of the song, but she nailed the vocal.

9:36 p.m. – Blake said there’s no way around how cute she is and she found a way to make a Loretta Lynn song even “countrier” than the original. Jennifer thinks Chevel is adorable. Adam chimes in that he loves her before Kelly can get her critique in. Kelly loves old-school country and can’t wait to hear Chevel’s record. She doesn’t even care if Chevel wins because she knows there will be a record made. I’m not sure Chevel wanted THAT comment in there, but it was a compliment.

9:48 p.m. – Team Blake’s Kirk Jay is up next, putting his spin on “Tomorrow” by Chris Young. Kirk’s “happy place” is singing sappy ballads and making people cry. That’s where I think he’s at his best too so I’m excited to see more of it tonight. Kirk hams it up behind the scenes, but I love the sincerity he brings to the stage when he sings. Tonight he’s at the piano and his voice is absolutely scorching through the television. There are so many singers who struggle through the verses, just waiting to belt out the chorus but Kirk is one who sounds amazing throughout. It makes it even more special when he reaches the bridge and does that KILLER run we rarely hear in country music. By the end I had goosebumps! That was my favorite performance of the night.

9:50 p.m. – Jennifer has no words for Kirk and just begs viewers to vote for him even though he’s not on her team. She’s in love with him. Adam is also a huge fan of Kirk’s and said it feels like something new is happening in country music whenever he sings. Blake called it “far and away” his most important and pivotal performance of the competition so far.

9:59 p.m. – Team Jennifer’s MaKenzie Thomas is closing out the show with an ambitious attempt at Celine Dion‘s “Because You Loved Me.” After singing Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and now Celine, Jennifer asks, “Who is left?” I haven’t been the biggest fan of her belting out the big diva numbers, but this rehearsal looks promising. She looks dazzling on the stage tonight and the first verse shows off that beautiful head voice of hers. A dramatic choir of background singers steps out behind her as she reaches the chorus and absolutely NAILS the climax of the song. I loved the runs and the breakdown at the end. She had Kelly and Jennifer throwing things. Fantastic!

10:00 p.m. – Jennifer said all divas were watching and MaKenzie brought it. There’s a Whitney Houston, a Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and there’s a MaKenzie Thomas. What a compliment. That’s a wrap for tonight! Remember to vote for which artists YOU think will be eliminated tomorrow night. And sound off in the comments what you thought about tonight’s performances.

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