We're finally getting somewhere, folks: The top 12 contestants on The Voice have been chosen.
But if you cast your vote by text or online, it was all for naught.
At the beginning of the first viewer-based elimination of the season, it was revealed that due to "inconsistencies" with texting and online voting, those votes were not included in the final tally. Not a single one.
The mystery "inconsistencies" weren't revealed, but host Carson Daly and some guy in a suit from the independent firm that crunches the numbers assured us that "removing those votes did not affect the outcome for any team." (Phew, that was a nail-biter there for a sec.) Next week, presumably, all should be back to normal – although that wasn't directly addressed. Anyway, got it? Good. Now, let's get to the results.
Here's how it worked: The top two vote-getters from each team automatically advanced to next week. Each coach could then save one of his or her two remaining artists. All in all, four contestants were eliminated – one from each team.
On Blake Shelton's all-country, all the time, team, America saved Holly Tucker and Danielle Bradbery. That left Blake to choose between Justin Rivers and the Swon Brothers – not too surprising, based on the performances the night before and the fact that they both sang semi-obscure country songs. "I'm at a loss right now," Blake admitted. "But for the sake of keeping things as different and diverse as I can at this point, I'm gonna save the Swon Brothers."
The decision was even tougher for Shakira, who looked visibly pained and on the verge of tears as the results were announced. Sasha Allen and Kris Thomas were safe off the bat, leaving Garrett Gardner and Karina Iglesias on the chopping block. Despite a long-winded speech by Shakira, it was obvious she was going to pick Garrett, as she's repeatedly admitted she has a soft spot for him. But the official line was that she felt she "can still effect change in the life of this person and make this person grow and be even better," whereas Karina is "so good already." So, the lesson here (as is often the case on these types of singing competitions) is, if you're "too good," you're not cut out for a show called The Voice. Just sayin'.
Next, on Team Usher, Michelle Chamuel and Vedo were unsurprisingly the top two. When left to pick between Cathia and Josiah Hawley, Usher went with Josiah. While he didn't give any reason behind his decision, we're gonna go out on a limb here and say it had a lot to do with Josiah's model-esque good looks. Though we'll be shocked if those looks keep him around for more than a couple weeks.
Last but not least, Judith Hill and Amber Carrington easily sailed through on Adam Levine's team, leaving Sarah Simmons and Caroline Glaser to sweat it out. Adam was so agonized by the choice he had to make, he left it till the very last second. After hemming and hawing, Carson prodded him to give a name as the end credits rolled with less than one minute left in the show. "Whatever decision I make won't be one than I support, because I don’t think one of you is better than the other," Adam said before blurting out, at literally that last second, that he wanted to save Sarah.
Lightening up the night were performances by Rod Stewart and former coach Cee Lo Green alongside his Season Two finalist Juliet Simms.
Next week, the top 12 start duking it out. Who will you be rooting for?
Previously: Night of Regrets for Adam Levine