Two more are sent home as the top 8 take shape.

By Amanda Bell
May 09, 2017 at 09:37 PM EDT
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The Voice

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Well, that was too close for comfort. With two singers on the chopping block from The Voice‘s top 10, the bottom two became the bottom three, and at least one of the jeopardized hopefuls really didn’t belong there. Not. At. All.

Here’s who got through to the top 8, in order of their announcement by Carson Daly:

1. Aliyah Moulden (Team Blake)
2. Chris Blue (Team Alicia)
3. Lauren Duski (Team Blake)
4. Hunter Plake (Team Gwen)
5. Jesse Larson (Team Adam)
6. Brennley Brown (Team Gwen)
7. TSoul (Team Blake)

Okay, so, TSoul squeaked through, too, which isn’t any major injustice because his TSoldiers came out en masse, but that did leave Vanessa Ferguson (GASP) on deck to compete with Lilli Passero and Mark Isaiah for the instant save bid.

How did we get here? Well, I don’t actually know. Vanessa’s performance last night was fun, fresh, and remarkably on point, despite the difficulty of the song, and she’s been a consistently solid singer all season. The other two… not so much. Lilli’s had some nice moments in the past few weeks, but neither she nor Mark held a candle to Vanessa’s skills and stage presence.

As for the save-me performances, well …

Lilli Passero goes first with her rendition of “Stormy Weather” by Etta James, and it blends right into the same dreamy jazz club vibe she’s been grooving on lately. Technically, the showing was fine, albeit a little boring. I know the expression is, “If it ain’t broke,” and all, but c’mon. Swoony jazz again? She had my attention the first time she did it two weeks ago, but it’s far from original at this point.

Meanwhile, Mark Isaiah might have been in the bottom rung three times before, but tonight he seemed to be especially affected by the placement with his performance of “Sorry” by Justin Bieber. Maybe it’s because he knew exactly what he was up against tonight, and he couldn’t keep a key. What’s funny is that I’ve been waiting on him to perform this song because of just how neatly it fits his pop-boy moxie, but it sounded surprisingly unrehearsed and nasally. Who knew.

Then came the closer, the queen of cool, Vanessa Ferguson, who, while a bit more subdued than usual, had no trouble impressing with her smooth delivery of “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder. I was missing her usual “wham bam I am the ma’am” attitude, especially with a number with so much energy, but alas. She still (rightly) won the Twitter toss.

(P.S. Ouchie for Team Adam Levine tonight.)

Saved: Vanessa Ferguson
: Mark Isaiah and Lilli Passero

Final standings:

  • Team Adam: Jesse Larson
  • Team Gwen: Brennley Brown, Hunter Plake
  • Team Alicia: Vanessa Ferguson, Chris Blue
  • Team Blake: Lauren Duski, Aliyah Moulden, TSoul

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