Cee Lo Green has a friend on the outside now. Tuesday night's elimination episode of The Voice not only revealed which three singers would compete for the championship next week, but also pushed another coach out of the competition.
With Thanksgiving a newly distant memory, NBC dusted off the holiday set list for its elimination episode of The Voice on Tuesday. Kelly Clarkson performed "Underneath the Tree" off her new Christmas album, Blake Shelton reunited with his season one contestant Xenia to sing "Silver Bells," and the top 6 joined together (along with a particularly overpowering Starbucks Chorus) for "O Holy Night."
Now that there are only 6 singers in the running to be crowned the winner of The Voice, they each have to sing two songs in order to fill Monday night's two-hour episode: one assigned by their coach and one they can pick in dedication to a source of inspiration. Classics and chart-toppers flooded the night's set list, but one coach stood up in frustration of the growing cultural compartmentalization of one singer.
The Voice trimmed down to its top six singers on Tuesday night, and only three coaches made the cut.
For the third week in a row, The Voice implemented its Instant Save, allowing one contestant to be rescued from a double elimination by collecting the most #VoiceSave tweets within a fragile five-minute window. Since a huge portion of the country doesn't watch the elimination episode live (or stay glued to Twitter to field their choices) we truly hope the new weekly ritual isn't how the winner is chosen during the live finale.
Now that The Voice has narrowed things down to the top 8 singers -- and yes, they’ve all proven they sing quite well -- every performance has to have more than just impressive vocals. This isn’t the stripped-down round anymore: Costumes and choreography are now at your disposal, ready to push you that much closer to stardom. As long as you seize the opportunity -- for better or for worse -- your performance has a little something extra. If you don’t, well, then it was just the best that you and you alone could do on that giant lit-up stage.
The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery shows off her pipes on the fall finale of Hart of Dixie.
The 17-year-old country crooner drops by Bluebell in the Nov. 25 episode, "Miracles," as a performer at the Harvest Festival in town, and The Hollywood Reporter exclusively debuts a clip of Bradbery's performance.
The Voice must really be hoping to build a library of signature gestures, since judges are often standing up on spinning red chairs and pointing their index fingers at themselves from weird angles. Let’s not forget Cee Lo Green stroking his fluffy white cat or colorful cockatoo, rotating coach Usher slouching with a lifted knee, or the studio audience’s sway that is, for some reason, always offbeat.
Any alum of The Voice will tell you the same thing: Fight for your song choice. If your coach -- whether it's Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera or Cee Lo Green -- assigns a cover that you're not comfortable with, say something. Don't just hope it all comes together when it's time to tape the live show, because, as tonight showed, such is not always the case.
“Tuesdays are why I drink so much,” joked Blake Shelton in reference to elimination night on The Voice. But Tuesday’s episode wasn’t just another clean contestant cut. Because a double elimination on live television just isn’t dramatic enough, viewers voted to save a contestant from the bottom three through the “Instant Save” on Twitter.
The Voice has always been a show of upsets -- not necessarily because the wrong singers are eliminated too early, but because so many singers are sent home every week in general. America said goodbye to a whopping eight singers on Thursday night, and nearly every upcoming week until the finals will rid the competition of two singers, regardless of whose team they’re from.
The past two seasons of The Voice may have been won by Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery, but don't expect another female country singer to rise out of Blake Shelton's -- or any other coach's -- camp. Season five's top 12 singers were announced on Thursday night, with America picking each team's top two singers, and the coaches then rewarding one of their own. That adds up to a whopping eight contestants waving goodbye to the NBC competition.