If the objective evidence is any indication, it was a slow start to the final round of ‘The Voice’ this week. Underdogs The Swon Brothers led iTunes sales, but finished just a modest 19th on the charts. We’ll see if sales pick up as the season progresses, but it’s pretty clear (and it’s been clear for some time) that there’s no Cassadee Pope in this year’s crop of talent.
Speaking of which, tonight we’re getting rid of some of the chaff, in the form of our first two eliminated contestants of the round. After last night, I predicted Vedo and Garrett would be headed home. After seeing the iTunes results, I’m switching that to Vedo and Kris, though Garrett remains in play. Everyone else appears to be safe.
Let’s get to it!
-Something tells me Carson will be talking about the one night they didn’t have air conditioning until the end of the season. Looking forward to it.
-Here’s Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell Williams. I assume they just met backstage. I don’t know what’s going on here. I feel old. I do appreciate TI’s vest game.
-Time for the segment where the judges talk off the cuff awkwardly for 15 minutes.
-The Voice Confessionals are back! We learn that Vedo sold body oils, Judith once sang about farts, and the skinny, less-talented Swon is OCD.
Here we go! The first two artists who are SAFE are…
Kris Thomas! Wow! A shocker right off the bat. This is BAD NEWS for Garrett. As the driver of the Kris Thomas bandwagon, I am of course thrilled.
The Swon Brothers! They led this week on iTunes, so this was an easy call. I still think they’re at risk the first time they don’t sing a slow, pretty acoustic song.
-Blake takes the stage to perform with his team. He smartly gives the first verse to the talented Swon Brother, relegating the other to fake strumming his acoustic guitar in a corner somewhere.
More announcements! Advancing to the top-10 are…
Sarah Simmons! She’s been my #1 from the get-go, but has heavy competition from all sides.
Josiah Hawley! He pulled the Swon Brothers Memorial “soft and acoustic” move, and it worked for him as well. I’m comfortable enough to say that he is one handsome man.
-Now performing: Lady Antebellum, flanked by Team Adam. Whole lotta country on this season of The Voice. Let’s make it official and get Carson in a cowboy hat!
Next announcement! Moving on will be…
Judith Hill! Because duh.
Danielle Bradbery! Also because duh.
-Adam and his team take the stage to perform “Love Song”. This whole thing has a Charlie’s Angels vibe going on. I can’t put my finger on why I find it all a little creepy, but I do.
Down to 6 contestants left until we get to the inevitable Vedo/Garrett elimination! Moving on are…
Michelle Chamuel! On likability alone Michelle is gonna last a few more weeks, but she needs to be better than this week to make any impact on the season.
Amber Carrington! The Team Adam Angels are all safe…and very likely will all be for a VERY long time. I could see all 3 in the finals.
As usual, the show has gone long, so we’re rushing through the elimination. Here we go!
ADVANCING to the top-10 are…
Holly Tucker! She was never at any real risk, though her itunes totals were not great.
Sasha Allen! Also never at risk, but needs to be better next week.
That means the following singers are going home…
Ranked #34 out of 48 following auditions.
Ranked #15 out of 16 entering live shows.
Our two new judges each made critical errors in judgment with one of their contestants, and wouldn’t you know it, the audience corrected those mistakes right off the bat. Despite his touching story, Vedo has never been one of the best R&B singers this season, much less one of the best overall singers. Usher fell in love with him early on and has carried him through, despite a string of mediocre performances.
Ranked #41 out of 48 following auditions.
Ranked #14 out of 16 entering live shows.
Oh, Garrett. He seems like a nice kid, but to be quite honest he arguably shouldn’t have even got a chair turn this season. Shakira fell in love instantly though, and dragged him through round after round as far as she could. He’s never been one of the best voices on the show and never had a memorable moment (unless you count his Renaissance Fair admission tonight).