The Voice season 17 Top 8 sang for your votes last night. Tonight, the Top 4 will be revealed. Who will survive on Team Blake Shelton, Team Kelly Clarkson, Team John Legend and Team Gwen Stefani? We’re live blogging the results here.
Tonight is the dreaded blood bath. FOUR of the EIGHT finalists will leave the competition. Here is how it will work: The Top 3 will advance instantly to the final. The fourth, fifth and sixth place artists sing for the save. The bottom two will be eliminated without singing. The winner of the Instant Save moves on to the final.
The show kicks off with Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins performing their collaboration “Hell Right.” Wow. This is a terrible song. Country cliches are so cliched. Bleh.
Results: The Top 8 take the stage! DUMB QUESTIONSSSS. Ricky Duran has a message for his sisters, who are watching the show back in Worcester, Mass. He loves them. Marybeth Byrd has learned to always stay true to herself. And she will give her Lord and savior all the honor and glory. OK then. Your first finalist is…Katie Kaden! Good for her!
And now it’s Tones and I singing her hit song “Dance Monkey.” Yes. It’s one person. And people make fun of Alejandro Aranda’s moniker Scarypoolparty. Her voice is way too stylized for me to enjoy, to be honest.
Next, it’s a a video clip of Kelly Clarkson attempting to learn Spanish. She’s struggling a bit! Then Luis Fonsi, who is a La Voz coach. shows up to give Kelly a personal lesson. So, all that was a set up to pimp La Voz season two, which airs on the Comcast channel, Telemundo starting January 19. For those who don’t know, La Voz is the Spanish language version of The Voice.
Results: The remaining 7 artists take the stage. Kat says that just a few month ago, she didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life. Blake helped her realize that she wanted to pursue music. And the second finalist is…Jake Hoot!
Next, Kelly Clarkson joins her former team member, season 14 alum Kaleb Lee, to perform his new song “I Dream in Southern.” Kelly is featured on the harmonies. Good for Kelly sticking by her team members after they leave the show.
Results: The remaining SIX artists take the stage. Kelly helped Hello Sunday build their confidence. She taught them that giving 110% is the only thing that matters, not whether they win or lose. Your third finalist is…Ricky Duran! Of course.
Results: The FIVE remaining artists take the stage. Will Breman has looked up to John, his coach, for more than a decade. Aw. He gets teary talking about him. Rose Short has learned how to be less critical of herself. God gave her talent and it’s perfect, she says. Carson announces the 4th, 5th and 6th place finishers in no particular order: Hello Sunday, Kat Hammock and Rose Short will SING FOR THE INSTANT SAVE. Will Breman and Marybeth Byrd are eliminated.
Next, the artists sing for the save!
Hello Sunday – Chandelier by Sia – Oh man. This song is so out of this young duo’s league. Gotta give them props for swinging for the fences. This is the time to do it. As usual, the song is full of pitch problems and wonky harmonies. Kelly is on her feet. “YOU ARE 14 YEARS OLD!” Kelly yells. Yes WE KNOW.
Kat Hammock – You’ve Got a Friend by Carole King – Kat is scooping her vocals all over the place. She delivers her usual sleepy, pitchy performance. It’s like she’s not even trying. Blake calls the competition tough, but nevertheless, “You have a record to make…your journey with me has not ended.” He is not advocating on her behalf at all. I’m a little surprised. Maybe he’s secretly hoping gal pal’s artist Rose makes it through instead. Or he knows that beating her is a lost cause.
Rose Short – You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman – Rose is about to raise the roof right here. And indeed, she does. It’s such an overdone song, it’s not my favorite performance. But nevertheless, it gets the job done. This is not even a contest. Gwen is wiping away tears. “Obviously America that was ridiculous! That was magical.”
TIME TO VOTE! Via The Voice Official App or NBC.com/VoiceSave. Vote totals: Hello Sunday 23% Kat Hammock 27% Rose Short 51%. It’s a foregone conclusion. Rose wins.
RESULTS: Hello Sunday loves Kelly SO MUCH “You’ve really been the mama bear for us.” Kat calls working with Blake the biggest blessing of her life. Rose will be good either way! “And in the words of Blake, Hell Right…no tripping!” Kelly is begging America to vote Hello Sunday through BECAUSE THEY’RE 14 AND DUETS ARE HARD. Hm. Blake has no last words. He and Kat will continue their conversation! “I think you’re one of the most creative, inventive, imaginative, vocalists I’ve ever worked with. This journey doesn’t matter. I hope you make it through, but if you don’t…I’ll talk to you in a couple of days.” “You keep blowing my mind,” Gwen says to Rose. “You’re just incredible, you’re amazing, you’re inspiring you’re funny, you’re so human in so many ways.”
America instantly saved….Rose Short! Hello Sunday and Kat Hammock are eliminated. It’s the first time in 7 seasons that all four coaches have a singer in the finale. That had to be the least surprising blood bath ever. I predicted that exactly right. But so did most of you! These results are just. I have no complaints. Overall, we have a pretty solid Top 4, representing varied genres. And with every coach represented, it will be a fight to the finish. Remember last spring when Blake had 3 team members in the finals? Yeah, that sucked. But then John and his team member Maelyn Jarmon won the whole thing. In the end, it all worked out.
Katie Kaden – Team Legend
Jake Hoot – Team Kelly
Ricky Duran – Team Blake
Rose Short – Team Gwen – America Saved
Will Breman – Team Legend
Marybeth Byrd – Team Legend
Hello Sunday – Team Kelly – Lost Instant Save
Kat Hammock – Team Blake – Lost Instant Save