Playoffs on "The Voice" came to an end with a special Wednesday show, cementing the Top 12 who will face the music in front of America next week. The NBC singing competition turned its focus to Team Miley, as Miley Cyrus revealed which one artist she was returning to "The Voice" season 13 and which three of them she wanted to take with her to Monday's first live show. Here are the highlights from Wednesday's episode:
1) There will be no comeback artist
It's a perfect strikeout for the "Coach Comeback" artists, as Miley brought back Karli Webster and then eliminated her again at the end of Wednesday's episode. That means of the four artists given second (or third) chances in the playoff week, all four of them were then taken off the show again right after their next performance. Perhaps "The Voice" needs to re-evaluate the idea of having comeback artists, especially since the Steals mean there's already eight second chances given out in the battle rounds and four more in the knockout rounds. It's okay if people get eliminated; this is a competition, after all.
2) Who was eliminated
Team Miley's other unlucky artists were Adam Pearce and Moriah Formica. With Pearce's elimination, Team Miley reverted to being a one-gender roster; it's once again the one team that doesn't have a male singer. But "The Voice" season 13 live shows are giving ladies the early edge as only five of the Top 12 artists are men. Seven of them are women. Could we see another female winner in season 13? And if we see another female coach win, either Miley or Jennifer Hudson, it will be the third consecutive year that's taken place. (Although they wouldn't be able to defend their title, as neither of them are returning next season.)
3) Who advanced
Representing Miley Cyrus next week are Ashland Craft, Janice Freeman and Brooke Simpson, the latter of whom swung for the fences with a rendition of "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" that you can watch by playing the video above. It was an impressive performance, but still in the shadow of Juliet Simms' triumphant cover of the song that blew the doors off in season 2. Simpson turned four chairs in her original blind audition, so will she be able to continue as a favorite once it's the viewers, not the coaches, who start voting?
"The Voice" begins its live shows Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC.