6:07pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
'The Voice' Reveals Top 11
After last night’s round of impressive live performances, the top 12 contestants on season 10 of The Voice faced an elimination night tonight. The results tonight were determined solely by viewers’ votes and iTunes downloads, as coaches Christina Aguilera, Pharrell, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton no longer have the power to control the competition and can only support their artists through coaching and the feedback they give after performances. Tonight also saw the return of the instasave. The bottom two artists sang live, and viewers had the chance to vote on Twitter to save just one, with Carson Daly announcing the results live in the final seconds of the episode.
Former coach Gwen Stefani opened the night with a performance of her emotional new single “Misery.”
Carson Daly then brought the contestants to the stage to announce the first of the results. Daly spoke with Bryan Bautista, who described his journey as an “amazing ride.” The first artists voted through to the top 11 were Team Christina’s Alisan Porter and Team Blake’s Adam Wakefield, who both had standout performances last night.
After the coaches reflected on the state of their teams, it was time for more results. Team Christina’s Bautista — who sang “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal — was saved, along with Team Pharrell’s Daniel Passino, who was actually his coach’s comeback artist.
Shelton’s full team took the stage with their coach next to sing “I Love a Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt. Paxton Ingram stood out as one of the team’s most interesting singers during the group performance.
Sure enough, in the next round of results, Ingram advanced to the top 11. He was joined by Team Adam’s Shalyah Fearing, the youngest artist left in the competition. Levine scored another win, as bluesy rocker Laith Al-Saadi was also voted through to the top 11.
Team Adam took the stage next with a group performance of “If You Want Me to Stay” by Sly and the Family Stone. The performance highlighted the diversity of Levine’s team.
The next artists voted through by America were Team Pharrell’s Hannah Huston and Team Christina’s Nick Hagelin. Team Blake’s classic country artist Mary Sarah was the final artist to automatically advance, leaving Team Pharrell’s Emily Keener and Team Adam’s Owen Danoff to sing for the instant save. Keener and Danoff are both impressive storytellers, but their performances apparently did not click with viewers last night.
Keener was up first, singing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” by Willie Nelson and accompanying herself on the guitar. The performance was a strong representation of who she is as an artist, and the song choice played to her strengths.
Danoff, who also played guitar, followed with a performance of “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran, which was similarly within the artist’s wheelhouse. It was an emotional and vocally impressive performance that didn’t quite live up to Danoff’s singing last night but was still a strong representation of who he is as an artist.
After the votes were tallied from Twitter, Danoff was the last artist to join the top 11. Keener was eliminated.
What did you think of the results tonight? The top 11 artists will perform next week.