BLOOODBAAATTHHHHH! It’s the most crucial week of the lives. Eight singers perform for your votes. Only FOUR survive to the final. Three singers will advance automatically to the Top 3. The bottom 2 are immediately eliminated. The remaining 3 singers sing for the remaining spot.
Big Boi with coach Adam Levine and DNCE perform.
First up, host Carson Daly solicits comments from coaches Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine. Blah blah blahhhhh.
Next, the Top 8 hit center stage. Four artists entered the Top 10 on iTunes last night (Lauren, Chris, Aliyah and Hunter), and one of the duets (Chris and Vanessa). During his performance Monday night, Chris Blue was happy to reveal the “honest Chris Blue.” Lauren Duski thanks her fans back in Michigan.
And the first artist moving on to the Final Four is…Chris Blue from Team Alicia! No surprise. Time for a commercial, ya’ll.
Back from break, Big Boi and Adam Levine take the stage to perform the duo’s new single “Mic Jack.” Oh. Bleeping swears. Taylor Parks also on vocals.
Next a video clip featuring the best moments between the Top 8 and their coaches.
Next, the seven remaining artists are back on stage. Vanessa says a few word about her friendship with Alicia. Alicia goes “above and beyond” she says. Aaliyah shares that Blake has helped her find her a musical path. And, the second finalist is…Lauren Duski from Team Blake. Again…an expected result.
We’re back from break and it’s another video package. In this one, the top 8 dish on each other. THE FINALISTS LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH.
Time to reveal the name of the third finalist. NERVOUS. TSoul has dedicated 10 years of his life to a music career. Being on The Voice validated the struggle. Jesse talks about why Adam is his perfect coach. And the third finalist is…Aliyah Moulden. This result is also not a surprise, but I was hoping Hunter would get through.
Next, DNCE take the stage to perform their latest single, “Kissing Strangers.” Who are these old people on dancing with the band? Plus BALLOONS.
The FIVE remaining artists take the stage.
Next, the remaining contestants sing for the save.
Brennley Brown – Warrior by Demi Lovato – A good save me song choice from Brennley. She’s obviously nervous, but her emotions tonight are genuine. Gwen says her performance was more than enough to save her. “You gotta vote for Brennley you guys!” The young singer is staying composed.
Hunter Plake – Love Runs Out by OneRepublic – Not one of my favorite Hunter performances. Ugh. But I’m voting for him anyway. His body of work over the course of the season warrants a spot in the final. But dang. I know Hunter is staying true to who he is as an artist, but a time like this calls for passion and vulnerability. “Hunter is ready! Who doesn’t want to buy that record!” gushes Gwen. She touts Hunter’s vocal ability and artistry. “Rare and unique” she calls him.
Jesse Larson – Tennessee Whiskey – OK Jesse is ’bout to nail this thing. There’s a good chance Hunter is going to be shut out. Damn. If I were choosing based on the best performance tonight, I’d have to give it to Jesse. But that’s not the criteria I’m using this week. Adam reminds everyone that Jesse is a guitar player who decided to try singing. Also, if he makes the finale he’d be the only one chair turn to make the finale. Uhm. I’m not sure that’s true.
ETA: Adam is full of sh*t. Season 9’s Jeffrey Austin was a one chair turn for Gwen. She should have jumped in and shut Adam down.
One chair turn here, also in the finale. Don’t worry I’m not bitter. It’s fine. #voiceresults
— Jeffery Austin (@JefferyAustin) May 17, 2017
VOTE: #VoiceSaveBrennley #VoiceSaveHunter #VoiceSaveJesse
Man. Jesse’s got this. I can’t believe Hunter won’t be in the finale. This is f*cked. Gwen is partially to blame. Her song choices and coaching left something to be desired. Telling Hunter to stick to the melody this week? When his strong suit is creativity and playing with melody? Terrible advice. I like Jesse, but he’s the typical retro blues rocker that always ends up in the finale. Producers pushed him really hard tool–last week and this week, he snagged prime performance order spots. Last night, BOTH of Hunter’s performances were in the first half of the show. When he performed first, I had a sinking feeling. But still–singing a karaoke U2 cover was not the way to go this week. I AM BITTER.
The thing about the insta-save: With only a five minute window to vote, the west coast and non-social media users being left out, the results are unpredictable.
Jesse Larson advances to the Final
Chris Blue – Team Alicia
Lauren Duski – Team Blake
Aliyah Moulden – Team Blake
Jesse Larson – Team Adam
TSoul – Team Blake – Bottom 2
Vanessa Ferguson – Team Alicia – Bottom 2
Brennley Brown – Team Gwen
Hunter Plake – Team Gwen