"The Voice" 2016 continued Nov. 7 on NBC with the live playoffs, which featured the top 20 aspiring singers as they duked it out vocally for spots in the season 11 top 12. For the first time in the popular reality show's 11-season history, the results of the competition were decided in real time, with the top two vote-getters plus one coach's pick from each time advancing safely to the top 12. Here's a look at "The Voice" 2016 results for the evening.

'The Voice' top 12 chosen during live playoffs

The team representing Alicia Keys performed first during "The Voice" 2016 live playoffs. When the results came in, We McDonald and Christian Cuevas advanced based on the Twitter and official app vote; both scored significant advantages in the Twitter retweet vote, with McDonald earning 7.2K retweets and Cuevas taking in 6.1K, while the other three hopefuls scored 4.5K or fewer.

After deliberating, Keys opted to save Sa'Rayah, which signaled the end of the road for both Josh Halverson and Kylie Rothfield.

The team coached by long-time "The Voice" mentor Blake Shelton followed with their portion of the live playoffs. Sundance Head and Austin Allsup advanced based on the public vote, leaving Shelton to use his sole coach's pick on just one contestant, and he opted to save Courtney Harrell. Jason Warrior and Dana Harper were sent packing.

Up third in the evening's order of performance was the team coached by Miley Cyrus. Aaron Gibson and Ali Caldwell moved to the top 12 following the public vote, and Cyrus chose Darby Walker as her final pick. The move forced "The Voice" to say good-bye to both Sophia Urista and Belle Jewel. 

Adam Levine's five-member team closed out the performance part of the live playoffs with their vocal appeals to America's voters.

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In the end, the popular vote was taken by Billy Gilman and Josh Gallagher. After considering his options, Levine opted to save Brendan Fletcher, which sealed the departures of Riley Elmore and Simone Gundy, and fully completed "The Voice" 2016 live playoffs results.

Top 12 move on to the live shows, iTunes vote territory

When "The Voice" 2016 continues next week, the iTunes vote --and the always-controversial Twitter Instant Save-- will both come into play. To see who will likely have an edge when the competition resumes, check out the iTunes charts later this evening.