Three artists competed for the instant save and two were sent home on the Top 10 live results episode of “The Voice” on Tuesday night. Leading into next week’s semi-finals it was Team Adam Levine that took a massive hit as two of his three artists, Mark Isaiah and Lilli Passero, were eliminated. They were joined by Team Alicia Keys singer Vanessa Ferguson in the bottom three, and she defeated both to win the instant save. Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani were able to relax and enjoy the performances because all of their remaining artists advanced this time.
Country superstar and reigning CMA New Artist of the Year, Maren Morris, kicked off the night’s festivities with a performance of her new single, “I Could Use a Love Song.” The somber tune led into the first results of the evening with host Carson Daly bringing the Top 10 artists to the stage. Team Blake’s Aliyah Moulden and Team Alicia’s Chris Blue were the first two competitors ushered into safety.
After a brief break and a chat with the coaches, the remaining eight contestants returned to the stage to learn their fate. Team Blake’s Lauren Duski and Team Gwen’s Hunter Plake were the next to advance, securing their places in next week’s showdown. Both Lauren and Hunter charted in the top 10 on iTunes after their Monday night performances, so it was no surprise they were voted through to the semi-finals.
With six artists still on edge, Carson quickly saved two more from elimination. Team Adam’s Jesse Larson and Team Gwen’s Brennley Brown both breathed a sigh of relief after being called forward. With four contestants remaining, only one could breeze into next week while the other three would be left to battle it out for the instant save. In true reality show form, they were left to anguish over their fate while pop-star Charlie Puth came out to perform his new single “Attention.”
Following the energetic performance from Puth, Team Blake’s TSoul claimed his spot in the semi-finals. Mark was left to compete for the instant save for the third week in a row. He was joined by his teammate Lilli and Vanessa, who were both in danger of going home for the first time.
Lilli was up first and performed a jazzy, sultry version of “Stormy Weather.” She responded well to the pressure, delivering a solid vocal that garnered positive audience reaction. Up next was Mark, who stuck with his formula in choosing the modern pop hit, “Sorry.” He seemed a bit strained and there were moments that were so off-key it was uncomfortable to watch. Vanessa was last to perform and she went with the up-tempo classic “For Once in My Life.” Easily the most upbeat, charismatic performance of the three, she worked the stage as if to celebrate her time on the series. The energy paid off as Vanessa took the final spot in the semi-finals by earning roughly 47 percent of the votes to 32 percent for Lilli and just 21 percent for Mark.
The Top 8 artists will take the stage on Monday, May 15, before being cut in half the following evening during the live results show. Then the Top 4 will compete in the finals on May 22 before the Season 12 champion is crowned on Tuesday, May 23.
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