The Voice 23 Playoffs (NOT LIVE!) Preview (Photos)

The Voice season 23 Playoffs begin on Monday (May 1) with Team Blake Shelton and Team Chance the Rapper performing for a chance to advance to the semi-finals. Team Kelly Clarkson and Team Niall Horan perform on the following Monday (May 8)

The Voice 2023: Full Season 23 Schedule (Updated 4/30)

But here is the twist. Typically, after the Knockout rounds end, the shows go live and America’s vote begins. But who knows why–perhaps for budgetary or scheduling reasons–NBC has cut the live shows to only TWO weeks.

The Voice is playing down the fact that the Playoffs aren’t live. Interestingly, the show did not leak a performance from Monday’s episode.

Typically, in the past, when the Knockouts ended, the live shows began

When The Voice was drawing lots of viewers for NBC, the Playoffs were a three night affair. Two teams would perform on Monday and Tuesday night, respectively. On Wednesday, two singers from each team would advance via America’s vote. The coaches would each choose one team member. A Top 12 would advance and it would take several more weeks of live performances to whittle the field down to a top 4 or five.

Eventually, the Playoffs performances were only one night, sometimes cramming 20 performances into one episode! But the Playoffs have always been live, with America picking at least some of the finalists.

The episode after the Knockouts have varied in format. The recent fall season featured a Top 16, that whittled down to a Top 12, then adding an extra Instant Save winning artist. One season, The Voice experimented with a live “cross battle” format the ended up with a Team Blake heavy field of contestants for the remaining live shows. They only tried that once!

Talent worth watching

Oh well! Despite Season 23’s format flaws, the show features talent worth watching. However, there is no point in posting a power list when the results are already out there. The Playoffs round was filmed a few months ago. If you want to know which artists made the Top 8, check out our spoilers. BUT KEEP THE DISCUSSION CONFINED TO THAT POST for the fans who want to remain unspoiled!

Another twist this season: Each coach ‘saved” one contestant during the Battle Rounds. But the save came with special perks. Four artists sat out The Knockouts altogether, advancing straight to the Playoffs.

The Knockouts concluded with a Top 20. Here are the teams

Team Blake Shelton

Pictured: (l-r) Mary Kate Connor, Kylee Dayne, Rachel Christine, Blake Shelton, Grace West, NOIVAS — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Mary Kate Connor – Playoffs Pass – AuditionBattles
Kylee DayneAuditionBattlesKnockouts
Rachel ChristineAuditionBattlesKnockouts
Grace WestAuditionBattlesKnockouts

Team Kelly Carkson

Pictured: (l-r) D. Smooth, Holly Brand, Neil Salsich, Kelly Clarkson, ALI, Cait Martin — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

D. Smooth – Playoffs Pass – AuditionBattles
Holly BrandAuditionBattlesKnockouts
Neil SalsichAuditionBattlesKnockouts
ALI AuditionBattlesKnockouts
Cait MartinAuditionBattlesKnockouts

Team Niall Horan

Pictured: (l-r) Ryley Tate Wilson, Michael B., Tasha Jessen, Niall Horan, Gina Miles, Ross Clayton — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Ryley Tate Wilson – Playoffs Pass – AuditionBattles
Michael B.AuditionBattlesKnockouts
Tasha JenssenAuditionBattlesKnockouts
Gina MilesAuditionBattlesKnockouts
Ross ClaytonAuditionBattlesKnockouts

Team Chance the Rapper

Pictured: (l-r) Manasseh Simone, Sorelle, Chance The Rapper, Jamar Langley, Kala Banham, Ray Uriel — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Manasseh Simone – Playoffs Pass – AuditionBattles
Jamar LangleyAuditionBattlesKnockouts
Kala BanhamAuditionBattlesKnockouts
Ray Uriel AuditionBattlesKnockouts

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