The Voice 9 Live Playoff Preview with Photos and SPOILERS.

The Voice 9 LIVE Playoffs begin tonight! According to spoilers at Idol Forums, Team Adam Levine and Team Gwen Stefani are up tonight. Rumor has it that Ellie Lawrence is Team Gwen’s wildcard pick, and Nadjah Nicole will be returning to Team Blake. If true, so much for Blake reaching back to the Battle Rounds to bring back Krista Hughes. Grrr. In case you’re catching up, each of the coaches will bring back a wildcard contestant eliminated from either the Battle or Knockout rounds. Details have been sketchy, but it looks like there will be a Top 24 instead of a Top 20.

UPDATE: According to rehearsal photos tweeted by contestant, Mark Hood, Adam’s wildcard is Chance Peña and Pharrell’s is Celeste Betton

Also, according to NBC’s official Voting Rules, phone and text voting are a thing of the past.  There are 3 ways to vote: 1. Online via email or Facebook. 2. Via The Voice smartphone app 3. iTunes downloads. Click for all the details.

In the meantime, here are your Top 20 with photos.

THE VOICE -- "Knockout Rounds" -- Pictured: Keith Semple, Shelby Brown, Blaine Mitchell, Adam Levine, Amy Vachal, Jordan Smith -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Team Adam Levine

Team Adam is a competitive team.  There really is no cannon fodder amongst his five team members. If Nadjah is wildcarded, as reported, she may be headed right back out the door again.
THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Blaine Mitchell -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Blaine Mitchell -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Blaine Mitchell –  – Audition – Battle Round – Knockout – Blaine is the 90’s rocker whom Adam has compared to Michael Hutchence. This singer has been under the radar, and will need a real breakout performance to move on to the finals.

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Jordan Smith -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Jordan Smith -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Jordan Smith Audition – Battle Round  Knockout – This golden throated contestant, with his choir boy tone and amazing range has been a favorite of the coaches and viewers alike since day one. It’s hard to imagine him not moving on the the finals.

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Keith Semple -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Keith Semple -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Keith Semple  – Audition – Battle Round – Knockout –  I find Keith to be classic rock karaoke, but he’s got fans, and a shot at the finals. shot

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Shelby Brown -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Shelby Brown -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Shelby Brown Audition – Battle Round – Knockout –  On a weaker team, this talented young country singer would be a shoo in. But with only three advancing from Adam’s team, she’s really going to have to sing well tonight in order to advance.

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Amy Vachal -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Amy Vachal -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Amy Vachal – Audition – Battle Round – Knockout – Amy was a very smart steal from Team Pharrell. She’s already a fan favorite, with song charting well on iTunes. Unless she blows it, Amy is moving on to the finals.

THE VOICE -- "Knockout Rounds" -- Pictured: Barrett Baber, Morgan Frazier, Blake Shelton, Ivonne Acero, Emily Ann Roberts, Zach Seabaugh -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Team Blake Shelton

Team Blake isn’t quite as competitive as Team Adam, but he’s got contestants who will go the distance, and possibly win it all.

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Barret Baber -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Barret Baber -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Barrett Baber Audition – Battle Round – Knockout – Barrett is a The Voice fans; dream.  He’s an experienced and talented singer paired with cuddly daddy vibes. He’ll talk up that plane crash that almost killed him, and bust out a religious hymn at just the right moment. BOOM. Top 3 at least, if he doesn’t win it all. Needless to say, he advances to the finals.

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Emily Ann Roberts -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Emily Ann Roberts -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Emily Ann Roberts Audition – Battle Round – Knockout –  Emily’s natural and effortless country vocals give off Danielle Bradbery vibes. But she’s got a depth of understanding and love for the old stuff. Her potential to appeal to both young and old make her a pretty good bet for the finals.

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Ivonne Acero -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Ivonne Acero -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Ivonne AceroAudition – Battle Round – Knockout – Scrappy Ivonne is a comeback kid. Turned away Season 8, she ended up on Team Pharrell before Blake stole her. She gave an outstanding Knockout performance, but I think it’s going to be tough for her to make the finals.

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Zach Seabaugh -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Zach Seabaugh -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Zach Seabaugh Audition – Battle Round – Knockout (Zach was montaged) – I do believe Zach is cannon fodder.  That he was montaged at knockouts didn’t help him a bit. There are too many good country singers on this team for him to survive.

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Morgan Frazier -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Morgan Frazier -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Morgan Frazier – Audition – Battle Round –  Knockout – Morgan wound up on Team Blake, was stolen by Team Pharrell and then Blake stole her back. She’s a bit of a ringer, coming to The Voice after losing a major label contract. She’s good though. Real good. I hope she survives.

THE VOICE -- "Knockout Rounds" -- Pictured: Viktor Kiraly, Braiden Sunshine, Gwen Stefani, Regina Love, Jeffery Austin, Korin Bukowski -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Team Gwen Stefani

Gwen strengthened her team with the addition of Viktor Kiraly.  If the rumors are true, and Ellie Lawrence is coming back, Gwen’s going to have to help her pick good songs.

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Braiden Sunshine -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Braiden Sunshine -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Braiden Sunshine Audition – Battle Round – Knockout –  Such an adorable, dorky child.  His vocals are half-baked, but his pinchable cheeks will make up for the young singer’s vocal deficiencies when it’s time to vote.

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Jeffery Austin -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Jeffery Austin -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Jeffery Austin Audition – Battle Round – Knockout – Like Blaine Mitchell over on Team Adam, Jeffery is a hidden gem. Fortunately for him, Team Gwen is a weaker team. Unfortunately for him, Gwen stole another blue eyed soul singer, Viktor Kiraly, during the knockouts.  Between the two, Viktor has better chops and a bigger fan base.

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Korin Bukowski -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Korin Bukowski -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Korin Bukowski Audition – Battle Round – Knockout – Despite confidence problems, this singer/songwriter is Gwen’s strongest singer. She’s already got a fanbase–I think she’s already earned a place in the finals.

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Regina Love -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Regina Love -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Regina LoveAudition – Battle Round – Knockout – This big voice soul singer can belt with the best of them. She’s strictly old school however. History has shown a singer can’t keep advancing on Motown, Whitney Houston and Disco era hits alone. She’s got a shot at the finals, but I can’t see her lasting long if she makes it.

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Viktor Kiraly -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Viktor Kiraly -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Viktor Kiraly Audition – Battle Round Knockout – A smart steal from Team Adam, the good looking and soulful Viktor is like Robin Thicke, but without the ick factor. Actually, Viktor is a better singer. He’s quite possibly the best singer on Team Gwen. I have a hard time imagining the finals without him.

THE VOICE -- "Knockout Rounds" -- Pictured: Darius Scott, Riley Biederer, Pharrell Williams, Madi Davis, Evan McKeel, Mark Hood -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Team Pharrell Williams

Pharrell has a team full of strong and diverse singers. I wish every single one of them could advance.

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Darius Scott -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Darius Scott -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Darius Scott  Audition – Battle Round – Knockout –  Darius is a master technician when it comes to vocal interpretation. Unfortunately, if passion takes a backseat to perfection, that could hold him back.

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Evan McKeel -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Evan McKeel -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Evan McKeel Audition – Battle Round – Knockout – I really hope this versatile and talented singer advances. Will he sing soul or rock? or both? Or maybe bust out a polka! Just kidding. I like that he’s full of surprises, in addition to being a talented singer.

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Madi Davis -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Madi Davis -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Madi Davis Audition – Battle Round – Knockout –  An effortless and inventive vocalist, Madi’s  fresh and original take on songs, should earn her a spot in the finals.

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Mark Hood -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Mark Hood -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Mark Hood Audition – Battle Round – Knockout – Mark is endlessly entertaining, but I thought his knockout performance revealed his vocal weakenesses. If he hopes to advance to the finals, he better break out something showy.

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Riley Biederer -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Riley Biederer -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Riley BiedererAudition – Battle Round Knockout –  Pharrell took Riley back from Gwen, and rightly so. He should have never given her up in the first place. She’s like a young Kelly Clarkson and could be a break out season 8 star, if Pharrell nurtures her talent–and confidence. She’s got to get over those nerves. I hope she advances.

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