Going into The Voice’s Top 12 results show Tuesday, Vanessa Ferguson, Brennley Brown, Chris Blue, Aliyah Moulden and Lauren Duski had to be feeling pretty confident, based on their standout performances Monday. And, given your outpouring of support for Troy Ramey — roll your eyes all you want, I still don’t get it — he probably wasn’t sweating too much, either. That left Stephanie Rice, TSoul and Mark Isaiah — all of whom, like Troy, had to be saved by their coaches during the Live Playoffs — looking especially vulnerable.
Between the announcements of the singers who were advancing, Carson Daly announced the formation of the Christina Grimmie Foundation benefiting those affected by gun violence and breast cancer, and Adam Levine and his team dedicated their version of “Hey Jude” to her. (Given the solemnity of the moment, let’s not mention all of the bum notes included therein. But we know whose they were.)
Hunter Plake G-Eazy rapped “Good Life” accompanied by about three times as many people as are left competing in the The Voice. Blake Shelton and his team performed John Lennon’s “Crippled Inside” like it was four different songs awkwardly smushed together.
And in the moments of truth…
Sent to Safety (in Chronological Order)
Brennley Brown (Team Gwen)
Jesse Larson (Team Adam)
Lauren Duski (Team Blake)
Vanessa Ferguson (Team Alicia)
Aliyah Moulden (Team Blake)
Lilli Passero (Team Adam)
Chris Blue (Team Alicia)
Hunter Plake (Team Gwen)
TSoul (Team Blake)
Stephanie Rice (Team Alicia)
Troy Ramey (Team Gwen), “Drift Away” — Grade: C | Though Troy chose his own number (as did Mark Isaiah), his restrained version of the golden oldie didn’t give the impression that he was singing for his life. And for me, it only reinforced that he was a Jesse Larson with less personality (yes, no matter how many times the coaches told us he was hilarious!).
Mark Isaiah (Team Adam), “When I Was Your Man” — Grade: B | Though the teen hit an “oops” note here or there, this was probably the best performance he’s given over the course of the contest. It wasn’t gonna leave Bruno Mars shaking in his boots, but at least it hinted at the star quality that Adam’s always insisted he has.
Saved: Mark Isaiah
Eliminated: Troy Ramey
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