'The Voice' recap: Live playoffs begin

We're onto the live shows on "The Voice!" 12 artists took the stage and the voting has officially begun, which means: no steals, two comeback artists and a chance for America to pick its favorites.

Last night, artists from Team Christina and Team Blake got a chance to stand center stage under the spotlight. The first singer to show off his superstar potential was Team Blake's Paxton Ingram. Singing "How Deep is Your Love" by Calvin Harris & Disciplines, Paxton kicked off the show with an entertaining number that not only showcased his vocals but also his dance moves.


During rehearsals, Paxton and Blake switched roles as the country mafia king got a private lesson on how to do "the whip." We didn't get to see Blake work the stage, but Paxton sure did—receiving a big thumbs up for his high energy and spunk by all four coaches.

Next, Team Christina's Ryan Quinn delivered a tender performance that left all the coaches applauding on their feet. Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One" was the perfect song to show off Ryan's impressive vocal control, range and flexibility. Giving the song a whole new life, he got some great feedback from the coaches. Adam Levine called it a major breakthrough, and Pharrell Williams said you're a hater if you didn't give it up for his performance.


Team Christina's Kata Hay and Tamar Davis also gave us solid performances, and the two artists who really stood out were Bryan Bautista and Alisan Porter. Bryan sang Zayn's "Pillow Talk," getting mad props for his unique rendition. Adam was completely blown away, Blake commended Bryan's perfect range, and Pharrell went as far as to say that Bryan had what it takes to win it all. Christina played it cool and said she wasn't surprised, as if she knew he would absolutely nail it.

Alisan also gave coaches something to swoon about, singing Janis Joplin's "Cry Baby." As usual, she nailed every note with perfection. Alisan's electrifying performance closed off the show, once again reminding us, they saved the best for the last.

On Team Blake, Katie Baden, Adam Wakefield and Mary Sarah also brought on their A-game, but stolen artist Joe Maye, a Randallstown native, was the one to impress. Singing "Long Train Running" by The Doobie Brothers, Joe made Christina miss having him on her team. He brought the fire with his dynamic range, consistent vocals and awesome stage presence. And this time, Blake even admitted that Joe could win it all this season.

Now that we're onto the live shows, each coach had the opportunity to bring back on artist from the past. Christina chose Nick Hagelin, who was on Adam's team, and Blake Shelton chose his own Justin Whisnant, who got knocked out by Mary Sarah during knockouts. Both artists made improvements from their last performances but with a fierce competition, it'll be hard to outdo the talent that already exists.

Tonight, another round of live shows will have artists from Team Pharrell and Team Adam pouring their hearts out on stage, and half the artists will be saying their goodbyes on Wednesday. Be sure to check out the cast to vote on which artist should make it to the top.