Christina and her sweet words for Rob Taylor created a bit of a lump in my throat at the end of tonight’s Voice results show, but ultimately, there couldn’t be too many tears shed over the contestants who were saved and eliminated by America’s vote. The Top 10 presented a pretty clear top and bottom of the pack on Monday night, and once the headliners made it through as the iTunes charts predicted they should, the anticipation as to who might leave us tonight (rather than next Tuesday) was pretty low.
Thank goodness, then, that Reba McEntire was around to remind us that at 60 years old, she is still much cooler and much better equipped to pull off that much leather than we could ever hope to be, and that Team Pharrell opened the show with a full case of One Tree Hill nostalgia by killing it on Gavin DeGraw’s “I Don’t Want to Be.” Yes, Teams Pharrell, Blake, and Xtina will still be coming in hot with some serious talent in the Top 8 next week; alas, Team Adam has seemed doomed from the start, both by a slew of weird song choices and Adam sounding like he was kind of over this season from the start. Also, because he wouldn’t stop talking about how insecure 18-year-old Deanna Johnson is. Stop doing that, Adam. Please.
Whether it was her insecurity that got her there or not, Deanna was last week’s victor in the Twitter Instant Save, and as these things tend to go, she was put in the same jeopardy again this week. It’s a little suspect that both of Team Adam’s contestants were given the final two last chance performance spots, making them fresher on the brain as Carson cued up the precious Instant Save minutes. That may seem like a small thing, but when this is all coming down to how fast your fans can hashtag, every little bit counts. Here’s how the Top 10 voting played out…
TEAM PHARRELL: Koryn Hawthorne
TEAM BLAKE: Corey Kent White
TEAM PHARRELL: Sawyer Fredericks
TEAM CHRISTINA: India Carney
TEAM BLAKE: Meghan Linsey
TEAM CHRISTINA: Kimberly Nichole
TEAM BLAKE: Hannah Kirby
Bottom 3 Perform:
TEAM CHRISTINA: Rob Taylor, “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay”
This wasn’t Rob’s best and it wasn’t his worst, but he puts his whole heart into everything he sings, and I hope he’s as proud of himself as his coach is.
TEAM ADAM: Deanna Johnson, “Help Me Make It Through the Night”
Deanna sounded about as good as she ever has in the Live rounds here, and I respect her very direct messaging, but there was just no more saving the girl who Adam was constantly saying needed to be saved. But I’m still holding out hope that Deanna makes a YouTube channel and figures that unique tone of hers out.
TEAM ADAM: Joshua Davis, “I Won’t Back Down”
This wasn’t the most interesting interpretation of this song, and it lacked a certain amount of “Save Me” performance desperation, but Joshua must have done something right…
Instant Save: Joshua Davis
Can Joshua Davis bounce back from the Bottom 3 next week? Who’s destined for the semi-useless Instant Save next week? Are there any artists still waiting to break through and make their way to the top of the pack in the Top 8? And any that should have gone in place of Rob and Deanna tonight?