On the May 15 live results show of “The Voice,” the bottom two vote getters – Jackie Foster and Rayshun LaMarr — were eliminated right away by Carson Daly. The top three who are all women (Spensha Baker, Brynn Cartelli and Kyla Jade), are guaranteed a place in the final. The middle three who are all men (Pryor Baird, Britton Buchanan and Kaleb Lee) had to fight it out for the last place.
Each had to sing one more song to try and win votes cast by viewers via Twitter. Buchanan ended up winning the popular vote and avoided being eliminated. Was this the right decision? Vote in our poll below and sound off in the comments section.
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.”
Those watching the show live in the Eastern and Central time zones knew when to vote via Twitter. Fans of either artist in the rest of the country had to rely on social media if they wanted to weigh in with their pick, albeit without having seen the performances.
Do you think that Buchanan deserved the Instant Save more than Baird or Lee? Vote in our poll below and sound off in the comments section.
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