And then there were eight.
The Voice will begin its long homestretch to Voice Victory Lane next week when the semifinals begin, which means tonight’s Top 9 elimination round is really about weeding out that last lingering contestant who doesn’t have a legitimate shot at competing for the win, and even though it comes down to a near-dead heat in the instant save, the right person is rescued.
The seven to get pushed through without having to fight for it tonight first are (in order of their announcements), along with any quotables they might have mentioned during their time-killing grill sessions with Carson Daly.
1. Hannah Huston (Team Pharrell): “It’s just really humbling to be here and continue growing and doing exactly what I love.”
2. Bryan Bautista (Team Christina): “The best experience was coming back from battle rounds when all four coaches were standing up… That’s when it felt like this was real.”
3. Adam Wakefield (Team Blake)
4. Laith Al-Saadi (Team Adam)
5. Mary Sarah (Team Blake): “I have to say I get a lot of proposals [on social media]. And every time I go in, I’m like, okay, I’m sure my dad’s watching like, no no no no no.”
6. Alisan Porter (Team Christina): “There’s a fire inside of me, and I couldn’t ignore that. And it’s such an honor for me to stand here for all moms that have dreams and desires.”
7. Shalyah Fearing (Team Adam): “My grandmother’s been a big influence and inspiration in my life, and…it was just an honor to be able to sing her that song. She’s a wonderful woman. I love her so much.”
That leaves Paxton Ingram and Nick Hagelin in the bottom two, as expected, to duke it out for that last remaining semifinals ticket.
And while Paxton’s first Whitney Houston performance this week was what got him into this situation in the first place, he’s bravely doubling down with another re-arrangement of one of her well-known classics while Nick Hagelin plays it as safe as safe gets with a highly accessible Eric Clapton hit.
NEXT: One of the guys has all the coaches singing…