It has to be a pretty low moment being the only contestant eliminated this week on The Voice. Not only are the pre-show odds ever in your favor, but before Carson Daly announces that you’re on the wrong side of said 4 out of 5 odds, he dangles a Voice success story in front of your face to show you what could have been, and then sends you packing. Ouch.
In other words: get ready for some tears. Also, season 3 winner Cassadee Pope is back! Before the singing and sobbing, however, the coaches weigh in on their contestants’ chances.
“I’m very confident that there will be a future,” says Adam Levine of Amber Carrington. “I love that girl so much.”
“I feel so much more confident this week than last week, because she really killed it last night,” Shakira says of Sasha Allen, who has temporarily taken on the “Sasha Fierce” moniker (someone call Beyonce’s legal team!).
Usher keeps his predictions vague, simply saying, “We’re going to continue to put our best foot forward, and continue to be the best we’re going to be.”
Blake Shelton, meanwhile, takes the blunt route, and — despite the fact that he has all three of his finalists left going into Tuesday’s (June 4) results — tells Carson, “I’m nervous as crap!”
As nervous as Blake is, he still boasts reigning champ Cassadee Pope, and sings along from his red chair as she performs her new single “Wasting All Of These Tears.” It’s a catchy song, and she gets major bonus points for not trying to revive an Avril Lavigne song for the zillionth time. The sparkles-clad champ expects to drop her first solo album in October, and is hitting the road with the Rascal Flatts this summer. It’s not exactly Phillip Phillips-level stardom, but it’s not a bad start for a post-Voice career!
Next up, Team Usher’s Michelle Chamuel and Team Shakira’s Sasha “Fierce” Allen perform Madonna’s “Open Your Heart.” Michelle may be the current audience favorite, but Sasha’s voice reigns supreme when the two perform side-by-side in this duet. Sasha’s stock continues to rise, and her soaring vocals are really standing out in these late rounds.
Team Blake’s Holly Tucker and The Swon Brothers perform The Wreckers’ “Leave The Pieces.” As hard as it is to believe that anyone could outdo Michelle Branch’s band, this performance is even better than the original.
Closing out the duets, Team Adam’s Amber Carrington and Team Blake’s Danielle Bradbery sing “Eternal Flame.” Their Bangles throwback feels like prom in a John Hughes movie, which is obviously a high form of compliment! Both ladies have strong pipes, although daresay Amber is the standout in this duet. Her killer last note elevates the karaoke standby to powerhouse diva level.
Before the results, there is a behind-the-scenes glance of Team Blake and Team Usher’s work in Oklahoma during Blake’s Healing in the Heartland concert. Even though their coaches couldn’t make it, it would have been nice to see Sasha Allen and Amber Carrington involved in the relief effort. As it is, The Swon Brothers, Holly Tucker, Michelle Chamuel and Danielle Bradbery hit the stage during the benefit, which raised over $6 million dollars toward tornado recovery.
It’s always nice to buffer the chopping block with a feel-good moment, but it’s not a results show without actual results. So here is the remaining field.
Going to the semi-finals!:
Team Usher: Michelle Chamuel
Team Shakira: Sasha Allen
Team Blake: Danielle Bradbery, The Swon Brothers
Team Adam: Amber Carrington
Going to miss you!:
Team Blake: Holly Tucker
After Amber Carrington is the last semi-finalist to be announced, Adam rushes to his contestant to give her a big hug. This time, he’s “caught” telling her “I love you, I love you, I love you!” and certainly not hating anyone. Lesson learned from last week!
Holly Tucker, less filled with love, breaks down sobbing. Kudos to her waterproof makeup, though, because there are no errant Lauren Conrad mascara tears anywhere on her face. On national television, that’s a huge consolation prize.