Ashland Craft kicks off the save-me spots with a performance of Keith Urban’s “Tonight I Wanna Cry.” Earlier, when questioned by Carson Daly about her potential future on the show, she basically pitched audiences at home on the idea that she has something left to offer them in the way of a softer sound. And since that is what she’s been missing these last couple of weeks, tonight presents the perfect opportunity for Ashland to kill us all softly.
Unfortunately, she does no such thing. There’s nothing understated or romantic about this, despite the song being an easy heart-wrencher. It’s a missed opportunity, but hey, at least voters know what they’re missing now, right? Even Miley Cyrus is forced to point to Ashland’s prior performances as a reason to vote for her, instead of praising this performance.
Next up is Shi’Ann Jones, who makes the unfortunate decision to bring out her rendition of Etta James’ “At Last.” Everyone thinks they can do this song, as 5,000 shower-time performances into the loofah stick have proven. But it’s just way too big, bustling, and, frankly, overdone to make any kind of impression on this stage tonight.
Shi’Ann’s always made the mistake of letting her runs get away from her, and tonight, it’s out of control. She’s still got a very pretty voice — no doubt about that — but with every improvised note, she only proves that she’s just not a rehearsed singer.
Jennifer Hudson tries to sell Shi’Ann to the couch crowd by pointing out that she’s got even more room to grow, but we’re in the top 10 now, so…seems moot at this point.
Last but not least is Davon Fleming, who is still freewheeling with his notes and runs but still arrives as the most mature singer of the three. His performance of Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” is yet another example of Davon being able to belt with the best of them.
Ordinarily, I’d say this performance reminds me of something you’d see in a ’70s Las Vegas casino, but compared to the other two, he sounds like he’s center stage at Carnegie Hall.
It’s not even close, and the votes reflect as much. Davon is given the green light to stay another day, while the two ladies are (rightfully) sent packing.
Saved by America (in order of announcement by Carson Daly):
- Brooke Simpson (Team Miley)
- Addison Agen (Team Adam)
- Keisha Renee (Team Blake)
- Noah Mac (Team Jennifer)
- Chloe Kohanski (Team Blake)
- Adam Cunningham (Team Adam)
- Red Marlow (Team Blake)
Saved by the instant vote: Davon Fleming (Team Jennifer)
Sent home: Ashland Craft (Team Miley) and Shi’Ann Jones (Team Jennifer)
- Team Adam: Addison Agen, Adam Cunningham
- Team Miley: Brooke Simpson
- Team Jennifer: Davon Fleming, Noah Mac
- Team Blake: Keisha Renee, Red Marlow, Chloe Kohanski