‘The Voice’ Top 12 Revealed: Did America (and the Coaches) Get It Right?
On a special Thursday results show this week, "The Voice" Season 5's top 12 finalists were revealed, three per team. The top two vote-getters per team automatically advanced, and then each coach got to save one contestant. There were no real surprises, no crazy upsets, but there were some sad goodbyes. Because that's the way the "Voice" cookie crumbles.
Here's what went down on the first live results show of Season 5:
America's picks: Austin Jenckes, Cole Vosbury
Blake Shelton's save: Ray Boudreaux
Going home: Shelbie Z., Nic Hawk
My thoughts: Austin is a solid singer, but I don't know if he has true star quality. However, I knew America would root for a regular-guy rocker like Austin, so his victory came as no surprise. I was thrilled that Cole, one of my favorites in the competition, rocked the popular vote (also not a surprise), and I endorsed Blake's pick of Ray, who has real potential.
I'll miss Nic's sass, but I'm not surprised that he didn't go far; his peacocking performance of "Blurred Lines" was just too polarizing. There was a time when I thought country diva Shelbie had a chance to win this whole show, and I thought Blake may have had her back…but I guess this season will not be country-dominated like Season 4. Apparently when Blake said he chose to save the contestant he could "affect change with the most," he meant he didn't want to mentor yet another country singer.
But threepeating champ Blake is still playing to win, obviously, because this year, he has built a team of formidable WGWGs.
America's picks: Caroline Pennell, Jonny Gray
CeeLo Green's save: Kat Robichaud
Going home: Amber Nicole, Tamara Chauniece
My thoughts: I'd predicted that Amber and Tamara — who'd been so blatantly thrown under the bus with their respective song assignments, their performances may as well have been sponsored by Greyhound — would go home. Such a prediction hardly makes me Miss Cleo; those two were set up as fodder to begin with, and were lucky to get as far as they did.
I was a little shocked that Jonny's underwhelming "Bittersweet Symphony" performance garnered more votes than Kat's fearlessly rockin' tour de force, but then again, Jonny was the only boy on CeeLo's team — and a cute boy at that. So there you go.