6:06pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
'The Voice' Reveals Top 10
Last night, the top 11 artists performed live on The Voice, but only 10 will advance to next week. Tonight, the bottom two artists both had the chance to sing live for the audience instant save, which was tallied via Twitter.
Thomas Rhett opened up the night with an upbeat performance of his single “T-Shirt.”
After the opening performance, Carson Daly brought the top 11 artists to the stage to announce the first round of results. Daly asked various artists questions throughout the night, and he started with Laith Al-Saadi. Daly pointed out that Pharrell told viewers last night to check out Al-Saadi’s original albums and asked the contestant how it feels to have one of his original albums hit the top of the iTunes blues chart. Al-Saadi reflected on how The Voice has furthered him along in his music career. Hannah Huston also shared about her journey from schoolteacher to performer.
The first two artists voted through to the top 10 were Team Blake’s classic country singer, Mary Sarah, and Team Christina’s sweetheart, Nick Hagelin. Sarah had a great night, tackling a song that embodied both classic and contemporary country leanings. Hagelin wasn’t necessarily a standout artist last night, but he put on a good show, and it clearly connected with viewers.
Daly turned to the coaches next, asking them how hard it is to pick the right songs. Aguilera seized the opportunity to highlight the versatility of her team.
Daly next asked Team Blake’s Adam Wakefield what Shelton’s coaching has meant to him. “Having him in my corner has been great,” Wakefield said, adding that his coach has given him a lot of confidence in the past week. Daly next announced more results: America voted to save Team Adam’s bluesy rock singer and guitar player Al-Saadi. Also voted through to the top 10 was Team Christina’s Alisan Porter. Porter’s advancement was no surprise given her stellar performance last night and her consistency in the competition.
Pharrell and his remaining team members Huston and Daniel Passino took the stage next to perform “Let Love Rule” by Lenny Kravitz. Huston was especially electrifying in the high-energy performance. She is so great at gritty, upbeat songs.
In fact, Huston was the next artist voted through to the top 10. She was joined by Team Blake’s versatile, dynamic singer Paxton Ingram.
Porter and Bryan Bautista took the stage next with their coach Aguilera. They gave a rousing and theatrical performance of “Live And Let Die.”
Daly then announced the final round of results. America voted through Team Adam’s Shalyah Fearing, the youngest artist in the competition. Team Blake’s Wakefield and Team Christina’s Bautista also advanced to the top 10, leaving Team Adam’s Owen Danoff and Team Pharrell’s Passino in the bottom two. Both artists had the chance to sing for the instant save.
Passino went first, singing “Jealous” by Nick Jonas. The performance was very representative of who Passino is as an artist, playing to his strengths and showcasing his pop sensibilities. According to his coach Pharrell, Passino blocked out all of the nerves of the moment to give a really impressive performance.
Representing Team Adam, Danoff was up next, singing “Burning House.” Danoff was in the bottom two last week as well but ultimately prevailed over Emily Keener. For the second week in a row, Danoff was confident and powerful in his performance. He tapped into the emotions of the song and really showed viewers who he is as an artist. “I believe in you, and I think you’re on the right path,” Shelton said, encouraging Danoff to stay strong even though he is in this position for the second week in a row.
Danoff will have to believe in those words moving forward, as Passino received America’s instant save tonight. What did you think of tonight’s results? The Voice continues next week with performances from the top 10.