The results of last night’s semifinal performances were announced on The Voice tonight, with four artists being cut from season 10 in a brutal round of eliminations. Coaches Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams anxiously waited to see if they would have any artists in the finale this year. The last audience instant save of the season was used to save one lucky artist. The top three automatically advanced, while three artists got to sing for the save. The bottom two vote-getters were automatically eliminated.
The first artist voted through was Team Blake’s Adam Wakefield, who had a personal best last night with his performance of Shelton’s “I’m Sorry.” Wakefield represents the country-rock genre this season, and it must be clicking with viewers. He does seem to be one of the more experienced artists this season.
Next, future Voice coach Alicia Keys took the stage for a performance of her single “In Common.” She will join the show for season 11 as a coach, along with Miley Cyrus.
After Keys’ performance, Carson Daly announced the next of the results. The second finalist of season 10 was Alisan Porter from Team Xtina. Porter has proven all season that she can sing any song from any genre and sound incredible. Last night was no exception, when she sang “Desperado” by the Eagles. She has seemed destined for the finale since her Blind Audition. Aguilera very well could become the first female coach to win the competition, with Porter representing her team in the finale.
Next, OneRepublic performed a television debut of its song “Wherever I Go.”
Daly then brought the artists back to the stage to announce the next round of results. America voted through Team Pharrell’s Hannah Huston, making Pharrell’s only remaining artist of the season the third finalist of season 10. She is Pharrell’s only shot at winning the season, but she has proven she haves what it takes to win it all. At this point, Shelton, Aguilera and Pharrell all had artists in the finale.
Daly next announced which three artists would be singing for the instant save. The first was Team Blake’s Mary Sarah. She was joined by Team Xtina’s Bryan Bautista and Team Adam’s Laith Al-Saadi. Team Blake’s Paxton Ingram and Team Pharrell’s Shalyah Fearing were eliminated, despite their both having exceptional nights last night.
First up was Sarah, who sang “Something in the Water” by Carrie Underwood, bringing some of her classic country sound to the country-pop single. It was a solid performance, but it didn’t quite have the spark that an instant-save performance should have. Pharrell praised her ability to hold the big notes in the song and added that she really went for it, putting it all on the line. “I am literally your biggest fan,” said her coach, Shelton, adding that he couldn’t believe that she was in this position in the first place. “No matter what happens here tonight … when you go back to Nashville, you’re going to find there’s a giant open door for you.”
Bautista was up next, singing “Adorn” by Miguel. It was a strong song choice for him, but it wasn’t nearly as good as his performance last night, and he seemed to have some pitch issues. Pharrell said that Bautista is representing Brooklyn, N.Y., in the competition and has done his city proud. “You’re a true artist,” said Aguilera, pleading with viewers to vote him through.
For the last performance, Al-Saadi sang “All Along the Watchtower” while playing the guitar. It wasn’t quite as strong as his performance last night, but it was still an accurate representation of who he is as an artist, right down to the impressive guitar solo. Pharrell and Levine both gave him a standing ovation. “He’s a tremendous singer,” said Levine, making sure to highlight the fact that Al-Saadi isn’t just a guitar player.
After the voting window was closed, Daly brought the artists back to the stage to reflect on their journeys with their coaches. America voted to save Al-Saadi, ensuring that Team Adam would be represented in the finale. Bautista and Sarah were eliminated.
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