Emily Keener and Owen Danoff each started their Voice season 10 journeys off on solid ground.
Both of them earned four-chair turns during the blinds, sailed through the battles, and survived some of the toughest knockout rounds of the entire season (though there may have been some bargaining afoot among the coaches to ensure their competition, Shalyah Fearing and Ryan Quinn respectively, also made it through).
Somehow, mainstream appeal hasn’t followed all of that consistent coach doting — you might recall Pharrell has referred to Emily as a special “unicorn” on more than one occasion — because after being hand selected to join the Top 12 by their coaches after failing to make it into America’s top eight choices, the pair find themselves on the actual chopping block and at the mercy of an instant Twitter vote after singing for their
supper support tonight.
And while Emily’s as good as she’s ever been during her emotional cover of “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” by Willie Nelson (adding another name to the list of artists she kinda sounds like: this time, Alison Krauss), and coach Pharrell Williams implores all of America to get to work for this “star right there on the stage,” it’s not enough to keep her in.
Between Owen Danoff’s gear switch to a modern song with “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran and Adam Levine begging voters to come out for his guy as a personal favor to him (yes, really), he squeaks by (during commercials, it shows that he’s got 53 percent, while Emily’s trailing just behind at 47 percent) and joins the Top 11.
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The good news is that in her parting words, she admits that she’s learned something real from this experience — namely, how to “embrace [herself] as an artist,” thanks to Pharrell’s guidance — but it’s still a true bummer to see the gal go this early in the game.
NEXT: A few quick thoughts on the rest of the Top 11 …