The top 10 finalists of NBC’s “The Voice” were revealed on Tuesday night, and one artist was sent home during a shocking elimination. Team Alicia Keys took a devastating blow when Stephanie Rice failed to earn the instant save over Team Adam Levine’s Mark Isaiah. The singer-songwriter had been on a roll over the past few weeks, but despite solid numbers on iTunes last night she couldn’t secure the votes to move on. Team Alicia and Team Gwen Stefani now each have two contestants remaining for Season 12 while veteran coaches Adam and Blake Shelton hold strong with three a piece.
At the top of the show host Carson Daly wasted no time revealing Lauren Duski from Team Blake and Jesse Larson from Team Adam were safe and moving onto next week’s live show. That allowed the pair to relax for the night as more excitement transpired throughout the hour long episode.
Coach Alicia then took the stage with her team consisting of Stephanie, Vanessa Ferguson and Chris Blue for a soulful performance of Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman.” The quartet was a solid unit and each artist was able to shine. Quickly following the performance the remaining nine contestants in limbo were called to the stage where both Chris and Team Gwen’s Brennley Brown advanced.
Brennley and Hunter Plake then joined their coach Gwen for a haunting rendition of the Coldplay hit “Fix You.” Although the three artists differ in style, they blended nicely on this pop-rock ballad while being backed by a full choir. Shortly following the performance Daly announced America had saved Aliyah Moulden from Team Blake and Lilli Passero from Team Adam.
Season 10 winner Alisan Porter returned to “The Voice” stage to explain what she’s been up to since giving her coach, Christina Aguilera, her first win last year. After taking time to focus on her music, she was ready to debut her new single “Deep Water” on the stage that rejuvenated her career. Just as she did as a competitor, Porter dazzled the audience with her powerful, versatile voice. Her EP “I Come in Pieces” is scheduled to be released later this summer.
Things were beginning to feel tense with just five artists left in the competition waiting to hear their fate. Team Alicia’s Vanessa Ferguson, Team Gwen’s Hunter, and Team Blake’s TSoul were the last to hear their names called, leaving Rice and Isaiah to battle for the instant save and final spot in the top 10.
Stephanie was the first on stage performing the Julia Michaels hit “Issues.” The quirky vocal styling of the song showed a different side of her that was refreshing to see. Mark was next performing the Lukas Graham smash “7 Years.” He had some struggles vocally but once again put on the charm to win over as many viewers as possible. Proving he is tough to beat in a Twitter war, Mark prevailed once again sending Rice home earlier than many expected. The top 10 will compete for votes once again next Monday, May 8, and another artist will be eliminated the following night.
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