The first live elimination on Season 11 of “The Voice” took place Tuesday evening, and it was rookie coaches Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus who were left in the hot seat with team members vying for the instant save. The entire teams for both Adam Levine and Blake Shelton were voted through to next week’s Top 11 by viewers at home. Throughout the first 45 minutes of the live broadcast, host Carson Daly dramatically announced which contestants were safe, until it was finally revealed that Sa’Rayah from Team Alicia and Aaron Gibson from Team Miley were the bottom two.
The two artists at risk only had seconds to prepare before taking the stage one more time in hopes of earning the instant save from viewers via Twitter. Sa’Rayah was first to perform, deciding to go with the up-tempo “Rock Steady.” Gibson immediately followed her with a more emotional performance of “Lego House.” That might been the wiser choice when trying to immediately connect with viewers at home. Gibson ended up winning the instant save quite decisively with what appeared to be around 65% of the votes, making Sa’Rayah the first contestant eliminated by public vote this season.
Although there is no way of knowing how many votes are cast each week for each contestant via social media or phone calls, in the past the results have somewhat followed a trend shown on iTunes, where the chart performances are made public. That trend was telling this week as the only two artists who failed to chart in the top 150 songs on iTunes, Sa’Rayah and Gibson, were the bottom two. So who are the real frontrunners at this point? To make an educated guess it may be worth noting where each artist landed on iTunes when voting closed at noon ET on Tuesday.
We’ McDonald (Team Alicia) – #15 on iTunes, “Take Me to Church”
Billy Gilman (Team Adam) – #24 on iTunes, “The Show Must Go On”
Ali Caldwell (Team Miley) – #25 on iTunes, “Did I Ever Love You”
Josh Gallagher (Team Adam) – #36 on iTunes, “Why”
Sundance Head (Team Blake) – #37 on iTunes, “My Church”
Brendan Fletcher (Team Adam) – #56 on iTunes, “Whipping Post”
Christian Cuevas (Team Alicia) – #67 on iTunes, “The Scientist”
Austin Allsup (Team Blake) – #79 on iTunes, “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”
Darby Walker (Team Miley) – #93 on iTunes, “Ruby Tuesday”
Courtney Harrell (Team Blake) – #134 on iTunes, “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing”
Aaron Gibson (Team Miley) – Did Not Chart on iTunes, “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”
Sa’Rayah (Team Alicia) – Did Not Chart on iTunes, “Livin’ On a Prayer”