As “The Voice” Season 10 gets more competitive, the eliminations become even more unapologetic. Such was the case with the top 12 artists, who were whittled down to the top 11 on Tuesday after they each poured their hearts and souls out on the live stage in the hopes of snagging America’s vote.
Going into the top 12 performance rounds on Monday, coaches Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton each had three artists on their teams vying for a shot at the big win. While there were some pretty obvious front-runners for who should stay, it was anyone’s guess who America’s votes would send packing in the first solo elimination of the 2016 NBC competition.
Unsurprisingly, the first two to move forward based on votes and iTunes chart rankings were Team Blake’s Adam Wakefield and Team Xtina’s Alisan Porter. As Entertainment Weekly notes, these two are among the most obvious choices to advance to the next phase of the competition given their stunning work in the blind auditions, battle rounds, knockouts and live playoffs. Their covers have found their way to the iTunes top 100 charts relatively consistently, according to TV Line. The other safe contestants moving to the top 11 performances next week were Bryan Bautista, Daniel Passino, Shalyah Fearing, Paxton Ingram, Liath Al-Saadi, Hannah Huston, Nick Hagelin and Mary Sarah.
That left Team Pharrell’s Emily Keener and Team Adam’s Owen Danoff to battle each other in the live save portion of the elimination show. Each took the stage to sing one song in the hope that viewers would take to Twitter to rescue them. Despite both turning all four coaches chairs in the blind auditions, they each had an uphill battle ahead of them when it came to winning over a fan base.
Keener took the stage first with a cover of Willie Nelson’s “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” After that, Danoff tried his hand at Ed Sheeran’s “Lego House.” America then had a single commercial break to save one of them. When the voting came to a close, Danoff had just edged out his competition and Keener was sent home. This happened despite her coach’s earnest pleas for the home audience to keep her on the show. Previously, Williams referred to her as a “unicorn” performer and had been crafting new types of showcases that the “Voice” stage had never seen before. Sadly, the play didn’t work and now the “Happy” singer has only two artists left on the show.
Next week, the remaining 11 artists will take the stage once again. Tune in to “The Voice” on Monday, April 25, at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC.