‘The Voice’ Top 8 Instant Save: Britton Buchanan was right artist to rescue, say 57% of viewers

On the May 15 live results show of “The Voice,” three men (Pryor Baird, Britton Buchanan and Kaleb Lee) had to fight it out to join three women (Spensha Baker, Brynn Cartelli and Kyla Jade) in the final next week. Each of these three artists had to sing one more song in the hopes of winning the Instant Save when viewers cast votes via Twitter. Buchanan won the audience over and our readers were equally enamored. In our poll, 57% of them opted for Buchanan while 35% preferred Baird and Lee got just 8% of the total vote.

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Perhaps the fact that Baird and Lee sang before Buchanan hurt them in the public vote. Those watching the show live in the Eastern and Central time zones knew when to weigh in via Twitter. Fans of these three artists in the rest of the country had to rely on social media if they wanted to back their favorite, albeit without having seen the performances.

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Baird, who is on Team Blake Shelton, was up first with the 1994 The Allman Brothers Band classic “Soulshine.” As our live blogger Denton Davidson remarked, “Without hesitation, Pryor belts out those soulful, raspy notes we’ve become accustomed to hearing from him. The man has serious pipes and I can’t imagine any Pryor fans could be disappointed with this performance.

Lee, from Team Kelly Clarkson, then tackled the 1973 Lynyrd Skynyrd standard “Simple Man.” As Denton observes, “This is a great song choice that likely has more appeal than what Pryor just did. He looks relaxed on stage and sounds great in this high-pressure situation. He definitely held his own against Pryor’s performance.”

Finally, Buchanan took to the stage and made the 2010 Robyn hit “Dancing on My Own” his own. As Denton noted, “He’s decided to perform a ballad version of this hit without his guitar. Will it pay off? I have to imagine Britton has a huge advantage at this point. He’s the youngest of the three and the most unique.”

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