The three final artists advancing without having to hit the mic tonight are Davon Fleming, Ashland Craft, and Red Marlow. Fine, fine, fine, and all, but that leaves Jon Mero in the bottom two with Adam Cunningham.
What is this?!
Granted, Jon Mero has not been a central star of the contestants this season, but he’s had at least two wow factor moments that should’ve spared him at least a little longer. Adam Cunningham I get; he had a really bad night last night. But Jon? He was good, even if a little scattered. Adam Levine looks pretty dismayed to see two of his own in the bottom tonight, especially since he can’t truly prop one over the other to advance.
Adam gets the first shot at redemption and goes with a very familiar classic rock favorite in “Fortunate Son.” This time he does not lag with the lyrics — if anything, he’s a step ahead of the beat — and he manages to play to the crowd with a few spoken lines and one last power screech. His coach calls him “badass,” without giving any specific endorsement.
Then comes Jon, with a similarly well-known song in “I Want You Back.” It’s probably not the wisest choice for this moment because it’s taking him right back to that time, earlier in the season, when he leaned into his energetic stage play instead of his formidable vocal skills. He’s breathy in spots, he’s not able to hit any mega-notes of value, and it’s frankly a little more generic than his past standout moments. Even so, Adam Levine does explicitly state that Jon shouldn’t go home (crediting the studio audience’s reaction for that assessment instead of his own, to keep it classy).
It’s a shame, but based strictly on these two save-me performances, it’s understandable why Adam wins the internet vote this time. While Jon might have given us some more emotionally resonant moments before, that’s not what happens tonight.
So, Jon Mero goes home muchhhhhh too soon.
Onward we go.
Saved by America (in order of announcement by Carson Daly):
- Addison Agen (Team Adam)
- Noah Mac (Team Jennifer)
- Chloe Kohanski (Team Blake)
- Brooke Simpson (Team Miley)
- Keisha Renee (Team Blake)
- Shi’Ann Jones (Team Jennifer)
- Janice Freeman (Team Miley)
- Davon Fleming (Team Jennifer)
- Ashland Craft (Team Miley)
- Red Marlow (Team Blake)
Saved by the instant vote: Adam Cunningham (Team Adam)
Sent home: Jon Mero (Team Adam)
- Team Adam: Addison Agen, Adam Cunningham
- Team Miley: Brooke Simpson, Janice Freeman, Ashland Craft
- Team Jennifer: Davon Fleming, Shi’Ann Jones, Noah Mac
- Team Blake: Keisha Renee, Red Marlow, Chloe Kohanski