Two more artists were sent packing on Tuesday’s live elimination episode of the hit NBC series “The Voice.” Coaches Blake Shelton and Miley Cyrus each had artists facing off for the instant save, while Alicia Keys and Adam Levine were able to sit back and relax with both of their teams declared safe. With two artists being eliminated this week, Shelton was guaranteed to lose at least one team member: Austin Allsup and Courtney Harrell landed in the bottom three. Aaron Gibson from Team Miley joined them, making it his third consecutive week competing for the instant social media save. Levine is now the only coach with his full team intact, none of whom have even been in jeopardy of going home this season.
The live results episode kicked off with a special performance from country legend Dolly Parton, singing her new song “Circle of Love” with Jennifer Nettles along with the remaining contestants for Season 11. The superstar returned later in the program with Cyrus and the group Pentatonix on her classic hit “Jolene.”
The bottom three then sang to remain on the show. Allsup was up first with “Tennessee Whiskey,” the recent hit from breakout country star Chris Stapleton. While the song choice may have helped rally country fans to vote, it was impossible not to notice how inferior his vocals are to Stapleton’s. Harrell was up next with an inconsistent performance of “Bless the Broken Road.” And for the third time this season, Gibson took the stage with his future on the line, performing “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” as a tearful Cyrus looked on.
After the Twitter votes came pouring in, it was revealed that following the closest vote of the season: Gibson miraculously prevailed once again with roughly 40% of the votes to Allsup’s 39% and Harrell’s 21%. And just like that, Team Blake is down to one contestant remaining (Sundance Head).
The majority of votes are cast each week via social media, phone calls and ‘The Voice” app, but the only method we can track is iTunes sales. For this reason, it is interesting to note how each artist is performing on the charts. Below is where each artist landed on iTunes when voting closed at noon ET on Tuesday. The symbols next to their names indicate if they moved up, down or remained the same within the competition since last week. Head has now topped this list two weeks in a row. Is he on track to win Season 11? Keep these figures in mind when making your predictions for next week’s elimination and who you think will be the ultimate winner of “The Voice.” Remember that four artists will be voted out next week (December 5-6), leading to the final four championship episode the following week (December 12-13).
( ₌ ) Sundance Head (Team Blake) – #1 on iTunes, “Me and Jesus”
(↑) Brendan Fletcher (Team Adam) – #2 on iTunes, “True Colors”
(↓) Billy Gilman (Team Adam) – #4 on iTunes, “Anyway”
(↑) Christian Cuevas (Team Alicia) – #7 on iTunes, “Million Reasons”
(↓) We` McDonald (Team Alicia) – #10 on iTunes, “God Bless the Child”
(↑) Ali Caldwell (Team Miley) – #14 on iTunes, “Without You”
(↑) Josh Gallagher (Team Adam) – #41 on iTunes, “Real Good Man”
(↓) Austin Allsup (Team Blake) – #42 on iTunes, “Missing You”
(↓) Aaron Gibson (Team Miley) – #76 on iTunes, “Rocket Man”
(↓) Courtney Harrell (Team Blake) – #169 on iTunes, “If I Could Turn Back Time”
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