The Voice should really consider changing the title of its semifinals elimination to the quadruple-gut-punch episode because holy high notes, this night is brutal. Not just for the four contestants who’ve worked their tails off for months only to be let go just a week shy of the finale but for us, too, as our cuticles experience extra abuse from all the nervous gnawing going down with every cut.
Like any good news/bad news situation, we get all of the happy-making bits out of the way first. The three contestants who’ve received enough voter support and iTunes downloads to scurry on through to the finish line first are:
1. Adam Wakefield (Team Blake)
2. Alisan Porter (Team Christina)
3. Hannah Huston (Team Pharrell)
Then we get treated to some
filler clips fun Pink bloopers, a rad set of performances from season 11 coach-in-waiting Alicia Keys, as well as One Republic, and then we find out that the bottom two, who don’t even have a shot at singing for the save are Shalyah Fearing and Paxton Ingram.
Both of these singers — who, coincidentally, shared an unfortunate song selection yesterday during their duet — have had moments of actual “WOW” impact during this season, but they’ve also been known to miss a beat here and there, perhaps most critically during yesterday’s semifinal performances. Either way, those kids have shown a lot of spirit and maturity throughout this competition and should do just fine with whatever they get into next.
Also? Major feely moment alert with that coach stage-rush to group hug them goodbye. Class.
NEXT: The instant save and the perfect singer-song combo…