It was the most exciting and tense night so far on NBC’s “The Voice” Season 9. After the top 9 semifinalists gave the performances of their lives, the final four contestants of the year were finally revealed, meaning the end of the line for one coach's entire team.
While it was a sad night for many of the artists, it was still a very exciting show thanks to the presence of country music icon Dolly Parton, who showed up to give the remaining artists a brief pep talk about the upcoming eliminations. It was relieving to know that, at the very least, those that went home on Tuesday got to meet the musical legend.
The live portion of the show opened with host Carson Daly getting right down to business. He brought the remaining nine contestants out on stage to reveal the name of the first person going forward to the finals, Jordan Smith. This one was hardly a surprise since his performance last night topped Adele in the iTunes charts, according to People, and he apparently received more votes than anyone in “The Voice” history.
After a brief question and answer session with coaches Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams, the remaining eight artists were brought out on stage once again. The tension was palpable as Daly announced Team Blake’s country girl, Emily Ann Roberts, as the next artist moving forward to the final rounds.
From there, the group got a chance to breathe a bit as Parton took the stage to sing her hit “Coat of Many Colors.” Obviously it was a fantastic showing on “The Voice” stage as the icon sang and did what she does best for the crowd. The highlight was when the camera cut to Shelton, who was clearly mouthing along with the words. He was even the first to give her a standing ovation. However, the good times didn’t last as the remaining seven contestants came back out for another tense reveal. Daly surprised the crowd by sending yet another member of Team Blake forward, Barrett Baber.
With only one finalist position remaining, it was time to find out which three artists would be performing in the last live save round of Season 9 and which received the fewest votes. Daly revealed artists Jeffery Austin, Madi Davis and Zach Seabaugh would get one last chance to perform live on “The Voice.” That meant contestants Shelby Brown, Amy Vachal and Braiden Sunshine were the first three semifinalists sent home.
Seabaugh took the stage first singing “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw. He took a similar approach to his strategy last night and opted for limited dancing and more of a showcase of his voice. His act was followed by Team Pharrell’s last chance to win the competition, Madi Davis, singing “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House. She was timid on stage, clearly very nervous given that this was her first time having to compete in a live save. Fortunately, her coach was there to be her hype man and advocate for America to save her. Finally, Austin took the stage singing “Make It Rain” by Ed Sheeran. While Seabaugh and Davis seemed like they’d given up a bit, Austin clearly was still fighting for his position in the finale and it showed.
With the performances finished, the contestants had to simply stand on stage and wait as America took five minutes to decide which artist would advance in the live save on Twitter. Throughout the break, Austin had a commanding lead with nearly 45 percent of the vote, meaning it was likely curtains for Davis and Seabaugh. The commercial break ended and, after Daly gave each artist an opportunity to thank his or her coach, Jeffery Austin was indeed revealed as the live save winner.
That means the finalists for “The Voice” Season 9 are: Jordan Smith (Team Adam), Emily Ann Roberts (Team Blake), Barrett Baber (Team Blake) and Jeffery Austin (Team Gwen). They’ll all compete for the chance to win in next week’s finale.