Elimination rounds pretty much always cause us to gnaw our nails down to the core, so we knew tonight’s send-off would be pretty brutal. But we didn’t expect the bottom two showdown to become a coaching muscle-off, too. Let’s start with that flare-up that sent a member of Team Adam packing
As much as Adam Levine has tried to convince America that Owen Danoff is a special unicorn of an artist who sings from a place of pure truth and is always refreshingly present in his performances, Owen still finds himself among the bottom two again tonight. Only this time, Pharrell Williams isn’t willing to sit back and watch Adam bargain his way into a Twitter save for his teammate and instead literally stands up for his guy, Daniel Passino.
“What’s the name of this show?” he asks the audience.
“The Voice,” they answer.
“That boy has one,” he says.
Dan’s dialed-down rendition of a Cyndi Lauper classic was pretty forgettable as far as audiences were concerned yesterday, but Pharrell insists he is “a really awesome dude” who deserves to be here. Plus, Daniel’s save-me presentation of Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” definitely reminds us that he can note-jump like nobody’s business, and he’s the single most entertaining part of Team Pharrell’s group performance of Lenny Kravitz’s “Let Love Rule.”
Owen tries to make a case for himself this time by singing Cam’s “Burning House” with his usual folksy hue, but he fumbles on some of the lyrics and ultimately doesn’t impress America enough to give him another second chance.
As Adam says while trying to entice his own last-minute momentum for his protege, “Damnnnnn, Owen.”
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NEXT: Now let’s talk about the Top 10…
The first two to get sent through to the Top 10 are Mary Sarah (Team Blake) and Nick Hagelin (Team Christina). Mary Sarah was among the last people put through to the Top 11 last week, so it’s a nice surprise to see her get the checkered flag treatment on this race to next week. Then again, she did what she does just as well as she ever does last night, so maybe last week’s close call was also a wake-up call for her fans to step up their voting game this time. As for Nick Hagelin…well, as Christina mentioned last night, people are digging his energy (a.k.a. his family situation), so that’s carrying him along pretty consistently right now. For now.
Laith Al-Saadi (Team Adam) and Alisan Porter (Team Christina) hear their names on the second roll call, and they’re both grinning balls of “phew!” about it, even though they were each almost guaranteed to survive the night. Alisan’s the season sweetheart right now, and apparently Laith’s been racking up the album sales ever since Pharrell plugged his three CDs. “I am just blown away. The response has been amazing,” he says in thanks.
Hannah Huston (Team Pharrell) and Paxton Ingram (Team Blake) are called in the third batch, and while neither of them are the favorites to win right now, they’ve done enough to be considered safe at this stage in the game. Hannah, a preschool teacher who hadn’t done any professional singing before this show, says that being a part of this has taught her “to see that you can have gifts in a lot of different things…a lot of different loves,” while Paxton’s just grateful that Blake’s so encouraging of him being himself. Indeed, yesterday he showed more of his personality than he has since the blinds, so maybe there’s something working there at long last.
Last but definitely not least, Shalyah Fearing (Team Adam), Adam Wakefield (Team Blake), and Bryan Baustista (Team Christina) are called up back-to-back-to-back and really, it’s a little surprising that any of these three have to wait this long. Shalyah has her critics, sure, but she’s still one of the strongest season 10-ers, and Adam’s arguably THE most ready for the big leagues — or at least neck-and-neck with Alisan Porter. As for Bryan, well, you can’t deny the guy’s swoon appeal, and he’s not afraid to take chances and make changes mid-performance, even.
Next week, Shalyah Fearing and Alisan Porter both might wanna consider stepping away from the SHOUTY CAPS song zone for a change, while Bryan Bautista and Daniel Passino really have to recover that stage charm they both oozed (although for different reasons entirely) early on in the season. No, that doesn’t mean more smirk-waving at the crowd or hip-thrusting; it means having fun and being energetic and entertaining with purpose and confidence.
Meanwhile, Adam Wakefield and Laith Al-Saadi can just keep doing what they’re doing, but Mary Sarah might want to consider stepping into the 21st century for her next song to make sure people actually know what she’s singing this time (maybe even a pop number to surprise us a little?). Paxton and Hannah are best when they’re themselves and feelin’ it, so they should once again cover numbers that actually mean something to them. And as for Nick, well, it might not matter what he does because
Bash’s his fans will still vote for him.
- Team Pharrell: Hannah Huston and Daniel Passino
- Team Blake: Paxton Ingram, Mary Sarah, and Adam Wakefield
- Team Christina: Bryan Bautista, Alisan Porter, and Nick Hagelin
- Team Adam: Shalyah Fearing and Laith Al-Saadi