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'The Voice' recap: 'Top 8 Eliminations'

The elimination comes down to the closest Instant Save ever and Twitter (just barely) gets it right.

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The Voice

type:
TV Show
genre:
Reality TV, Music
run date:
04/26/11
performer:
Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys
broadcaster:
NBC
seasons:
12
Current Status:
In Season

Do not mess with Carson Daly. He is running this show—he will tell you who is saved, and when; he will tell you when to start tweeting; he will tell you when to remove the telling Instant Save graphic from the screen; and he will tell you to knock off the giggles when he’s just “trying to lift kids out of poverty, Adam.” Yes, even with Blake and Carson donning nasally-restricting red noses in support of Red Nose Day, and Gwen Stefani and Pharrell dropping off a heap of instruments at an elementary school, the intensity was extra high around the Top 8 Results Show tonight. Each artist left has a fan base and each one has talent, but there was no way to know if the quantity and quality of those two respective things would match up to give us the strongest Top 6 possible, and Jason Derulo’s fun-loving ways weren’t helping matters.

But all is well in Voice-land… the right artists were advanced toward the Finals, and the right artists sang their final songs tonight (sometimes about being in the “Drinking Class” when they’re not technically old enough to, uh, drink). As Carson said, this was the closest Instant Save vote yet—according to The Voice’s Twitter, it came down to two votes—and with last week’s Instant Save, Joshua Davis, avoiding the Bottom 3 altogether this week, the Twitter vote is proving to have a little more value now that the competition is truly getting tight.

This season, with its many plausible endings and the talent spread out evenly among the four coaches, continues to be an exciting one to watch…

America Saved:

TEAM ADAM: Joshua Davis

TEAM PHARRELL: Sawyer Fredericks

TEAM BLAKE: Meghan Linsey

TEAM CHRISTINA: Kimberly Nichole

TEAM PHARRELL: Koryn Hawthorne

Bottom 3 Perform:

TEAM BLAKE: Hannah Kirby, “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

I’ve been waiting and waiting for Hannah to apply her voice to something more modern, but I don’t think this was the song to sway Twitter to her side. But she was wearing hair glitter, and that deserves some recognition.

TEAM BLAKE: Corey Kent White, “Somebody Like You” by Keith Urban

CKW just lost his way at some point in these live rounds. Strutting around the stage in a leather jacket covering Keith Urban, I think he was getting back toward the kind of country artist he really wants to be with this performance, but it was just a little too late for the only country artist left to win back over the audience.

TEAM CHRISTINA: India Carney, “Human” by Christina Perri

This vocal was not perfect by any means, but it had a moment of magic, and most importantly, the upshift in energy was palpable between the first two performances and India’s. The woman knows how to work for it, and how much she wants it was evident in her freak out once the Save was revealed…

Instant Save: India Carney

Well, in one fell swoop, Twitter turned on its favorite fella Blake—can India bounce back from a slew of showings that have seemed below her capabilities? What do you think of the Top 6? Are all the artists here who should be? And what will it take for another of these artists to overcome Sawyer’s domination of the iTunes charts?

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