'The Voice' recap: Randallstown's Joe Maye survives Knockout Round thanks to Shelton's steal

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"The Voice" recap: Randallstown's Joe Maye survives the Knockout Round, and we have our final 20.

With only one steal left, Team Blake swooped in with the save during Part 3 of "The Voice" Knockout rounds — giving our Baltimore-area native, Joe Maye, another chance to serenade our souls. 

After giving us an unforgettable blind audition, in which he showed off his vocal chops with queen Christina Aguilera, and electrifying Ayanna Jahnee off the stage during battle rounds, Maye did it again. The Randallstown native impressed Blake Shelton enough that the country mafia king claimed him for his own.

Singing a powerful rendition of The Weeknd’s “Earned it,” Maye gave us a seductive yet intense performance that left Shelton bobbing his head to the music. Maye landed on his knees, ripping his heart out on the stage as he looked to the sky finishing his last lyric. But right when we thought it was a shoo-in, competitor Kata Hay stole Coach Christina’s heart and reasserted herself back on her team.

Luckily for Maye, his time on “The Voice” is not over yet. In fact Shelton said Maye was just the kind of artist he needed to diversity his team heading into the Live Playoffs. In addition to Maye, Team Blake’s final five include Adam Wakefield, Mary Sarah, Paxton Ingram and stolen artist Katie Basden.

Mary Sarah knocked Brittany Kennell off the stage singing “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)” by Loretta Lynn. Mary Sarah's unique vintage voice wasn’t a match for the traditional country singer during the faceoff. With a little country, R&B, pop and rock all added into the mix, Shelton seemed pretty confident in his squad this season.

But the real group to look out for is Team Christina. Bryan Bautista, the 23-year-old New York artist, sent Trey O’Dell home, bringing in reggae elements to Justin Bieber’s “Sorry.” Some pitch issues combined with a not-so-great song choice was a bad recipe for O'Dell, the University of Arkansas business major. Bautista joins powerhouse artists Alisan Porter, Tamar Davis, Kata Hay and stolen artist Ryan Quinn on Team Christina.

On Team Pharrell, the coach saved Caity Peters over Abby Celso. Peters' heartfelt take on Sam Smith’s “Leave Your Lover” won Pharrell over, despite Celso's confidence performing Daryl Hall’s “Rich Girl.” When it comes down to the tough decisions, it’s the artists that steal our hearts who end up stealing our votes when it matters. Five fierce females are representing Team Pharrell — Peters reunites with Emily Keener, Hannah Huston, Moushumi and stolen artist Lacy Mandigo.

Last but not least, Team Adam is still looking strong after stolen artist Brian Nhira knocked off Nate Butler during the opening performance. Nhira's take on “Grenade” by Bruno Mars outdid Butler's song choice, “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. Adam Levine is just waiting for that moment for Pharrell to cry about his loss, having stolen the charismatic gospel singer. Team Adam also saved Laith Al-Saadi over Jessica Crosbie and Caroline Burns over Katherine Ho. Owen Danoff and stolen artist Shalyah Fearing cap off Team Adam's final five.

But before we go on to the road to the live shows Tuesday night, it’s only fair to take a minute and reflect on the awesome role of guest star this season. Miley Cyrus is absolutely killing it! Not only does she give constructive criticism, she really knows how to customize each song to fit the artist with minor tweaks and adjustments. It’s like we’re watching a real voice lesson take place, and we get to see how that manifests on stage. It’s no surprise that she was named an official judge for Season 11, joining Levine and Shelton along with Alicia Keys.

We might be saying see you later to Pharrell and Aguilera soon but the new additions are sure to share things up for next season. Tuesday night, we take a look back at the best moments of Season 10 and the journey that led our artists to the Top 20.

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