No matter how many times we’ve gone through this (and we’re now 10 seasons in, so it’s been a lot), it really never gets any easier to say goodbye to someone on The Voice. This week, another contestant is being sent home — moment to gulp back many sobs, please — so we’re officially about to reach single-digit contender status and things are getting very intense.
The votes (and iTunes song sales) have been tabulated, and eight of the hopefuls are painstakingly saved one by one from the bottom-two chopping block, including, in order of the show’s reveal of each:
1. Alisan Porter (Team Christina)
2. Adam Wakefield (Team Blake)
3. Shalyah Fearing (Team Adam)
4. Hannah Huston (Team Pharrell)
5. Mary Sarah (Team Blake)
6. Bryan Bautista (Team Christina)
7. Laith Al-Saadi (Team Adam)
8. Paxton Ingram (Team Blake)
Which means the apparent season 10 sweetheart, Nick Hagelin, did not get voted through right off the rip — major SHOCKER — and Daniel Passino (more predictably) hadn’t done enough during yesterday’s performance to change voters’ minds about him after he was also among the lowest-voted pair last week but squeaked by during the instant save against Owen Danoff.
Host Carson Daly, doing his usual round of elimination-round interviews, asks Daniel what he’s learned from his time on the show, and on Team Pharrell specifically, and we learn that even though Daniel made the grave error of reading Internet comments about himself over the weekend (a no-no to end all no-nos, especially on a show like this) he’s ultimately learned that shrouding himself with positivity is the way to be.
“This competition has taught me to surround myself with good people,” Daniel says with his trademark sunny smile. “I think that’s what Pharrell has tried to drill into me… Whatever happens is what’s meant to happen.”
NEXT: Nick Hagelin takes a stand…