November 08, 2012 6:44pm PT by Ashley Lee
'The Voice' Recap: Top 12 Revealed, Jermaine Paul Performs His New Single
During Election Week, the live Playoffs of The Voice put the remaining contestants to the test -- performing under pressure with all of America watching, while still trying to earn their votes. Though Adam Levine and Blake Shelton's singers joined together to perform Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger," and Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green's teammates sang Train's "Drive By," they're still competitors...and eight of them were sent home Thursday.
After tallying America's votes, Carson Daly announced that Amanda Brown and Bryan Keith will be moving forward into the next round. "No one is better than the other, I dont believe that," said Levine, whose remaining three female team members started tearing up. After praising wedding singer Loren Allred as his most improved player and Joselyn Rivera as young and talented, he saved Melanie Martinez.
Viewers voted to save Scottish rocker Terry McDermott and, to our surprise, Cassadee Pope. "I want everybody at home to know that these three standing here, they've given it 100 percent, they've done everything I've asked them to do," Shelton stated. "I think any one of y'all could go on and win this thing." In the end, the coach saved Michaela Paige and sent mariachi singer Julio Cesar Castillo and country crooner Liz Davis home.
The top two contestants on Aguilera's team were Dez Duron and vocal powerhouse Sylvia Yacoub. "Don't let anyone or anyone's opinion define who you are," their coach said. Aguilera chose to save Adriana Louise over Devyn Deloera and De'borah.
Team Cee Lo
Last but definitely not least, America voted to save Trevin Hunte and Nicholas David, leaving Green in a tough spot. "If one of us wins, all of us wins," he said. "I love you guys, I truly do, I genuinely, sincerely do." In the end, the coach passed on Diego Val and Mackenzie Bourg and saved Cody Belew.
Between tearful eliminations, Maroon 5 performed "Daylight" and season two winner Jermaine Paul performed his new single, "I Believe In This Life" -- a song more upbeat than any cover he ever competed with on the show. His new album is set to be released Dec. 18.
What did you think of the coaches' choices and eliminations? Did the right musicians go home? Sound off in the comments section below.