The top 13 participants of “The Voice” have been announced.
Tuesday’s results were their biggest elimination yet, with the field of 20 nearly halved after the contestants gave their all with their first live performances of the season on Monday night.
To be fair, Blake Shelton said, “This is so bad.”
“If you had told me last night that this would be the situation, I would have said, ‘You’re a liar.’ This is crazy how this works,” Shelton added. Kelly Clarkson agreed: “I’m totally shocked…I didn’t expect it.”
Coach Clarkson, however, has a small lead with four singers in the Top 13.
The rest of the benches — Shelton, John Legend and Ariana Grande — each have three singers on their teams.
Here’s how it all went:
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The two performers with the most viewer votes from each team advanced automatically. After that, each coach had a chance to save one more of their singers.
Team Clarkson’s brother and sister trio Girl Named Tom and Jeremy Rosado immediately rose from viewer votes. Then came the “hard” part, Clarkson had to choose who to save. She chose to save Gymani, the singer “who chose me from the start.”
Team Legend’s Jershika Maple and Joshua Vacanti got the most votes overnight. Legend made the “tough” choice and used his rescue on Shadale, whose jaw dropped in disbelief.
Team Grande’s father/son duo Jim & Sasha Allen and Holly Forbes both moved on, thanks to America’s Voice. Grande burst into tears over the decision, saying, “I don’t know how this could have happened.” She chose Ryleigh Plank to save.
Viewers also voted to advance Team Shelton’s Wendy Moten and Paris Winningham. “This sucks,” Shelton said before using his rescue on Lana Scott because the country is “wide open.”
Wildcard Save immediately
The remaining performer from each team with the most votes got a chance to compete for the wildcard spot in the top 13.
That was Team Clarkson’s Hailey Mia, Team Legend’s Samuel Harness, Team Grande’s Bella DeNapoli, and Team Shelton’s Peedy Chavis.
But not so fast.
Team Grande’s Vaughn Mugol was given the chance to participate in the Wildcard Instant Save after winning the first-ever Voice Comeback, with viewers voting on Twitter to bring back a previously eliminated singer nominated by their coach.
“Holy moly,” Grande said. “The great thing about this show…is how many kinds of twists and surprises there are. And seeing you again tonight is such a spectacular gift.”
Harness emphasized his signature rasp on Lewis Capaldi’s “Before You Go”.
“This moment forced you to be the best you’ve ever seen on this show,” Legend said. “You were great tonight. The power and clarity in your voice.’
DeNapoli brought the sass and dance moves to Christina Aguilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man.” Grande turned her attention to America: “I want you to get out your devices and get to work.”
Chavis chose “Stranger in My House” by Ronnie Milsap. Shelton said he has “so much confidence” in him when he “gets on that stage,” adding, “C’mon America.”
Mia, the youngest in the competition, sang “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri. Clarkson marveled at the fact that Mia had just turned 14: “I remember being 14 years old and I didn’t sound like you.”
Comeback artist Mugol selected Sam Smith’s ‘Lay Me Down’, marking his first live appearance on the show after previously being eliminated from the Battles. Grande said he “never sounded better.”
With the coaches’ saves out of play, it was up to America to decide who went through. The winner would be determined by a five minute flash round.
In the end, Mia reached the Top 13.
The performers from each team who received the fewest viewer votes were eliminated: Team Kelly’s Katie Rae, Team Shelton’s Libianca, Team Grande’s Raquel Trinidad, and Team Legend’s David Vogel.
Harness, DeNapoli, Chavis and Mugol were also eliminated after failing to make the wildcard instant save.
Number of teams
The Top 13 will perform live on NBC Monday at 8 EST/PST.