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Amanda Bell
December 05, 2017 AT 09:57 PM EST

The Voice

type
TV Show
genre
Reality TV, Music
run date
04/26/11
performer
Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson
broadcaster
NBC
seasons
13
Current Status
In Season

Finally, the votes are starting to make some sense.

Next week, The Voice will launch the semi-finals (a.k.a. the “cutthroat” round), so tonight’s elimination of two players is just a primer for that portion of the competition. And unlike the past two weeks of live rounds, the results aren’t terribly unexpected or upsetting.

Let’s take it from the top.

We start out with a guest performance by Portugal. The Man before watching a montage of the contestants listening to their coaches tell old war stories from their earliest days in the industry.

“If country music hadn’t worked out for me I would’ve probably been homeless. I had other jobs, roofed for a couple of years. I had no plan B,” Blake Shelton tells his adoring audience. Adam Levine recalls a similar sense of urgency and wonder at seeing his name on the charts — one that at least one of his team members (ahem, Addison Agen) knows all about. 

That’s when we learn the first two contestants sent through by America: Brooke Simpson and Addison Agen. The only thing surprising about that is the fact that Chloe Kohanski isn’t one of the first two waved through, but maybe they’re trying to mix things up to keep it interesting this time.

A few excruciatingly redundant questions later (seriously, how many times are these kids required to compliment their coaches every week?), we learn that Keisha Renee and Noah Mac have also advanced. Given Keisha’s gut wallop of a performance on Monday night, it’s not surprising that she’s able to skate through without having to fight for it — even if it did seem like she was running out of steam just a week earlier.

We then check in with some old Voice favorites, like Alisan Porter, Chris Mann, and Mary Sarah, to find out that they’re hanging out with Reba McEntire and that everyone’s itching for their next collective show with whoever the next winner will be. Oh, and Chris Blue? He’s doing just fine; he signed with a label and even hired his coach Alicia Keys to run his management team.

After that, we return to the questions and get to watch Chloe Kohanski bomb spectacularly on a question about what she wants to do next if she gets through (her blithe answer about not predicting the future and how everything she does is so special isn’t impressing Blake Shelton, by the look on his face). But if that’s the worst she does this season, she’ll probably be all right. She’s called through alongside — sound the alarm! — Adam Cunningham.

Yes, this is the same Adam Cunningham who spent the past two weeks fighting his way back from the bottom two, and now, he’s not only survived elimination, but he did so by not even landing in the bottom three. Talk about a turnaround. But it’s still not super surprising given how on point his most recent performance was. Let’s see if he can keep that musical moxie alive going forward.

Another Voice alum takes the stage when Danielle Bradbery sings “Worth It,” a song so dull I muted my television halfway through, and then we get our seventh vote-through of the evening: Red Marlow. This might be the last time he makes it through to another week, but it’s not shocking that he pulled it off this time.

That leaves Davon Fleming, Shi’Ann Jones, and Ashland Craft in the bottom three, and two will be sent home. It’s time for the instant save effort performances, and Jennifer Hudson does not look happy about having two in the bottom. She’s yet to have a teammate face an elimination this season, so to have two going against each other is obviously a nightmare. (Recap continues on page 2)

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