The Voice is trying something new to ensure their next winner jumps from the finale to the charts.
On Monday night's episode, the last remaining competitors took the stage to debut original songs, penned with support from their coaches' creative teams. They also unveiled corresponding music videos for these immediately available singles — and though they all hail from different genres, some actually sound like viable, postshow hits. Maybe even career starters.
Thanks to Tuesday night's triple-elimination episode, it's now down to five singers and three coaches on The Voice.
After a few alumni performances — season-six finalist Christina Grimmie introduced her debut single "With Love," and season-two contestant RaeLynn sang "God Made Girls" — the bottom four (!!!) were revealed.
Monday's episode of The Voice kicked off with a top-8 performance of Sheppard's "Geronimo," and undivided by their team affiliations for the first time this season, the truth onstage stared viewers in the face: there's only one lady left in season seven: DaNica Shirey. That fact was even more stark when they took the stage with Nick Jonas for his latest single, "Jealous."
Despite this week's enriching guest mentorship from Clive Davis, Diana Ross, Colbie Caillat, Christina Aguilera and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, two more singers were sent home from The Voice on Tuesday night after failing to collect enough support from voting viewers. (At least they got to gather with their loved ones in Los Angeles for a Voice Thanksgiving feast?)
The Voice has had its first weekly double elimination, but, as Carson Daly announced at the beginning of the broadcast, all eliminated top-12 singers will get a chance to rejoin the competition as a fan-voted, fourth "wild card" finalist.
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At the beginning of Tuesday night's episode, Carson Daly announced that even more star power will appear on the show next week: Diana Ross, Colbie Caillat, Meghan Trainor and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy.
Later this season on The Voice, the final singers will perform original songs, created with the help of their coach, Carson Daly announced at the beginning of Monday's episode. It will only mark the second time contestants will compete with new work — though winners have performed after receiving the crown, finalists haven't been tested with new songs since the series' first season.
After veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Sheltonshowed them how it's done on Monday, The Voice's season-seven playoffs continued on Tuesday. The round has teams trimmed down from five to three: two picked by America, and one more saved by each coach, and also introduced the new Voice app, which allows viewers at home to begin voting before the end of the episode.