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The Voice recap: Live Playoffs, Results

Through tough calls, the Top 12 are chosen

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The Voice

TV Show
Reality TV, Music
run date:
Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson
Current Status:
In Season

Whether you agree with every decision made by The Voice voters and its coaching quartet or not, it’s an emotional thing to watch a whopping half of these hopefuls go home after coming so far in this competition. So it goes, though, and now the 24 contestants who performed live this week have been whittled down to the season 10 Top 12 while for a dozen others, this was the end of the road (for this show, at least).

Some of the night’s selectees probably come as no surprise, but more than one of the week’s comebacks have earned a place in America’s hearts (again) while a few of the perceived fan favorites were surprisingly snubbed. Here’s a rundown of the results:

Team Pharrell:

The group delivers a relatively uniform performance of Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child,” and the title of the number seems to be Pharrell Williams’s message to those who’ll say goodbye tonight.

Voters choose Hannah Huston and Daniel Passino to stick around, and it’s really no surprise. Hannah’s got a lot of raw talent and skill strength while Daniel’s incredibly polished and ambitious and proved his musical might during his comeback performance.

For his save, Pharrell chooses Emily Keener, which is also unsurprising since she’s pretty obviously his favorite for her “teletransporter” talents. Meanwhile, Moushumi, Lacy Mandigo, and Caity Peters, who each have individual strengths to boast but who just aren’t groomed enough to surpass the others, are sent home. 

Team Blake

After hearing his crew give six different tones to Avicii’s “Hey Brother” during the group performance, it seems pretty clear to Blake Shelton that he’s got a “suck”-y task ahead of him.

Indeed, after America chooses Adam Wakefield and Mary Sarah for the go-ahead (they both have definitely proven themselves worthy time and again on this stage), he’s left to make the call between the remaining four and ultimately opts for Paxton Ingram because he’s “believed in [Paxton] from the beginning” (you might recall that he touted Paxton’s “true greatness” during his blind audition), sending Katie Basden, Justin Whisnant, and Joe Maye on to the next chapter of their lives. 

NEXT: Christina’s tough choice