Last week saw the the top 12 of Season 8 of "The Voice" dwindle to 10. After this week's powerful performances, that number is down to 8.
The live show kicked off with a performance from the remaining members of Team Pharrell, Sawyer Fredericks and Koryn Hawthorne, who sang Gavin DeGraw’s “I Don’t Want To Be” along with their coach. The performance was solid and what we’ve come to expect from this team, even if Fredericks flubbed a lyric. At that point, the votes were already in.
Host Carson Daly brought all 10 contestants onstage and between commercial breaks and live performances revealed the pairs of artists advancing to the next round. Taking the stage after a breakout performance the night before, Team Pharrell’s Hawthorne was the first to make it to the next round.
Joining her in the safety of backstage was the only country singer of Season 8, Corey Kent White. Despite her mangling of a lyric during the previous night’s live performances, America seems to have a soft spot either for this young artist or country music in general. White is now a member of the top eight.
The competition’s youngest singer, Sawyer Fredericks. followed. This folk-leaning performer continues to turn heads and captivate viewers with his creative covers each week. TV Line noted that it was one of Frederick’s worst showings in Season 8, though it still rated a top 4 for the evening. No surprise that he advances to the next round. Just like that, Team Pharrell’s remaining contestants were safe.
Next was Team Xtina’s ace in the hole, India Carney. Though last night may not have been her best performance of the season, she still is miles above some of her remaining competition.
After a performance from last week’s guest coach, Reba McEntire, the next two to advance were Team Blake’s Meghan Linsey, who has yet to have a less-than-awesome performance, and Team Xtina’s Kimberly Nichole. The latter has really come out of her shell as a performer in the last two weeks, performing show-stopping numbers absolutely worthy of winning the entire competition.
With only four contestants remaining, another save went to the incomparable Hannah Kirby. As it turns out, America’s not done watching this very unique performer sing and dance her way through the final rounds.
That left the week's bottom three, Deanna Johnson, Joshua Davis and Rob Taylor, to fight for the last spot, hoping their fans would take to Twitter to rescue them.
First up was Roby Taylor, singing “(Sittin’ On the) Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding. He put the sort of heart and soul into the song you'd expect from a man taking his last at bat. It was a stellar showing.
Next up was Deanna Johnson, who sang “Help Me Make It Through The Night” by Kris Kristofferson. Johnson spent most of the competition overcoming her own insecurity and stage fright. While she made great strides during her time in the competition, she did not succeed in conquering her onstage anxiety.
Finally, Joshua Davis stepped up to sing “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was not Davis’ most memorable performance on the show, but he channeled all the childlike enthusiasm that has made him special artist in Season 8. Davis wound up getting the save, sending Taylor and Johnson packing.
Next week, the remaining eight will perform to stay in the competition for another week. This time each team will be joined by guest judges including Usher, Gwen Stefani and Cee Lo Green. Tune into the next round of live performances on “The Voice” Monday at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC.