Tuesday’s “The Voice” marked the first time that the four coaches — Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — had no say in who was eliminated. Rather, America got to voice their collective opinion, casting votes online, by the app and via iTunes downloads. The two contestants facing the ax were Aaron Gibson from Team Miley and Sa’Rayah from Team Alicia. Each had to perform and hope for an Instant Save as viewers voted for their favorite via Twitter.
Sa’Rayah went first and rocked the house with “Rock Steady.” Aretha Franklin penned that tune and it was a cut on her 1971 album “Young, Gifted and Black.” The single version reached the #9 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Not surprisingly, it is a song that allows for many vocal flourishes and Sa’Rayah did not disappoint. Her powerhouse vocals were jaw-dropping and coach Keys praised her, telling her to “continue to walk in your light.”
Gibson followed and delivered an emotional rendition of “Lego House.” English singer Ed Sheeran co-wrote this track with Jake Gosling and Chris Leonard and released it as the second single from his debut studio album “+” in 2011. While it only reached #42 on the Billboard Hot 100, it did make the top 10 on both the Adult Top 40 and Hot Rock Songs. At the end of his pitch perfect performance, coach Cyrus sang his virtues, telling him she was proud to have him on her team.
And America agreed, giving him about two-thirds of their votes on Twitter. But what do you think? Was the wrong contestant sent home. Watch both performances below and then vote in our poll and make your voice heard!