"The Voice" season 13 playoffs began Monday on NBC, but not in the way audiences were used to. For the first time in several seasons, music fans did not get to vote in the first week of the playoffs. Instead, coaches Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson got to choose which three artists Team Blake and Team Jennifer would take into next week's live shows. Here are the highlights from Monday's episode:
1) The comeback artists fizzled out
NBC gave "The Voice" contestants yet another lifeline, again allowing each coach to bring back a previously eliminated artist to compete again for one of the three spots in the live shows. Unfortunately for them (and the show), the "Coach Comeback" artists proved to have absolutely no effect on season 13, as both were eliminated again by the end of the episode. Team Jennifer's Lucas Holliday put on a good performance of "The Beautiful Ones" that you can watch by playing the video above, while Team Blake's Natalie Stovall performed "Callin' Baton Rouge," but neither showing was enough for their coaches from sending them home a second time.
2) The other eliminations
Four other singers were knocked out of "The Voice" season 13 on Monday night. They were Chris Weaver and Hannah Mrozak from Team Jennifer, and Esera Tuaolo and Mitchell Lee from Team Blake. For those who have been keeping score, Hannah Mrozak was one of the artists stolen in the knockout rounds, meaning that just one of the four hopefuls stolen in the knockouts has escaped elimination so far. (Audiences will find out about the other two when Adam Levine and Miley Cyrus select their playoff artists later this week.)
3) Who made it to the live shows
Three singers from Team Blake and three from Team Jennifer punched their tickets to the live shows on Monday, and will perform next week when America finally becomes able to vote. They were Red Marlow, Keisha Renee and Chloe Kohanski from Team Blake, and Shi'ann Jones, Noah Mac and Davon Fleming from Team Jennifer. Two of them are making it to the playoffs on different teams than they started "The Voice" on: Chloe Kohanski was stolen from Team Miley in the knockout rounds, and Noah Mac was stolen from Team Blake in the battle rounds.
"The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC. For more on all of "The Voice" season 13 coaches, including when and where you can see them live, click their names in this article to visit their artist pages at AXS.