The Voice Top 10 Results Recap: Did the Right Singers Get the Boot?

‘Tis the season for year-end best-of lists, but unfortunately for two contestants on NBC’s The Voice, cracking the prestigious ranks of the Season 3 Top 10 won’t be enough to keep them on our TV screens past Thanksgiving.

Also unfortunate? The way the show’s producers — and host Carson Daly — seemingly do everything in their power to vaccuum the suspense right out of the results-night telecast. Seriously, the way the show is paced and edited would be like making people stand in line for a roller-coaster, and then sending it along a track as flat as Christina Milian’s cue-card readings.

Like, for example, why did Carson single out one of the week’s lowest-ranked contestants on iTunes (Cody Belew) right at the start of the show to find out how he felt about his Monday-night cover of “Crazy in Love”? I mean, every reality TV vet knows you don’t force a guy to defend his polarizing song-and-dance routine in front of 12 million viewers only to send him to the guillotine a half-hour later.

And why announce the fates of the second- and third-highest ranked iTunes contestants (Melanie Martinez and Amanda Brown) fifth and eighth when everyone knows that kind of sales muscle means they’re absolutely, positively out of harm’s way? (Maybe they’re trying to position Amanda as an underdog, rising from the ashes of last week’s wonky “Spectrum”?)

Bottom line: Anyone with a computer and a burning interest in the weekly Voice results can check iTunes (or the TVLine comments section) and easily figure out which three or four singers are most vulnerable; those singers’ fates should be announced last. Click. Dialtone. Goodbye.

It’s hard to tell what these Voice honchos are thinking, but it’s easy to tell you how the results proceedings played out. So without further ado…

Sent to Safety (in Chronological Order)
Nicholas David
Cassadee Pope
Dez Duron
Cody Belew
Melanie Martinez
Terry McDermott
Trevin Hunte
Amanda Brown

Sylvia Yacoub
Bryan Keith

I’m still not sure how Bryan’s dreams went kerplatt despite Trevin’s abysmal Usher cover and Cody’s vocally inferior Beyoncé extravaganza, but then again, if everybody shared my musical tastes, Xtina’s “Your Body” would’ve been a No. 1 hit.

In other news, and speaking of No. 1 hits, Cassadee’s cover of “Over You” knocked “Gangnam Style” off the top perch at iTunes, a fact that made Carson Daly more excited than Blake Shelton sharing the news that some of Adam Levine’s brutally worn t-shirts cost $600.

Plus, we were treated to four live performances that will likely be forgotten faster than the show’s producers have forgotten the name (and telephone number of) Javier Colon: Xtina hollerated the should-be-a-certain-hit “Let There Be Love” (flanked by team members Sylvia and Dez); Rascal Flatts employed Cody and Cassadee as extra charismatic backup singers for a dreary ballad called “Changed”; Adam Levine and his three protégés stumbled through a borderline awful version of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” in which everyone’s mics seemed to be turned down to “1″ (and yet Bryan’s air-guitar vexed me most of all); and Teams Blake and Xtina teamed up for Karaoke Night on “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” — as the camera operators repeatedly focused on whichever vocalist wasn’t singing.

And with that, let me turn things over to you:

What did you think of The Voice‘s Top 10 results show? Did the right two people get axed? Hit the comments with your thoughts!

Comments (147)

  • I really can not complain about The Voice this season. They have a very talented and diverse group of contestants. The show is fun to watch. All the changes they made for this season were improvements.

    Comment by teatime – November 21, 2012 12:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • From the best lve show ever to the worst resultshow ever in 24 hours. I don’t understand why Keith was eliminated and Cee Lo is still in with 3 acts, whom where all less impressive than whole Team Adam.

    Comment by Daisy – November 21, 2012 01:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I find it strange that Terry and Dez (and maybe some of the others) talk about winning for their coaches and not for themselves. It’s really the coaches show, even the contestants concur.

    Comment by aravis – November 22, 2012 02:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The ONLY 2 people I did not vote for made it through in “third and fourth” places: Dez & Cody. If Team Xtina was going to be only 1 person, I would have immensely preferred Sylvia “The Egyptian” Yacoub, who sang very well last night and KILLED My Heart Will Go On last week!

    As soon as BOTH my hopefuls for being kicked off were announced as SAVED, I almost choked on my water, and wanted to smash my TV with a remote control.


    There’s always next week to lose Dez AND/or Cody…

    Comment by Ryan – November 22, 2012 10:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Personally, I agree with an earlier statement that the winner from the battle rounds should have been Joe, not Bryan. Personally, I don’t think Bryan was as creative or has as strong of a voice as other competitors. I was honestly surprised he remained in the competition as long as he did. I think Dez is talented, but he is not at the level of Amanda. Frankly, no one, apart from maybe Trevin on a good day can even approach how good Amanda is. She may have had “an off week,” but that said, she’s a lot more versatile than some of the other contestants and her ability to cover Aerosmith’s “Dream On” ? Phenomenal.

    I know a lot of people like Cassadee Pope, but I don’t really see her as being able to sing outside of her comfort zone. She’s talented, but I don’t think she has as strong of a voice as Amanda or Trevin or as unique of a voice as Melanie. If I had to predict people going home after the next episode, I would say most likely Dez and Cassadee (or possibly Nicholas instead of Cassadee if Cassadee’s fanbase remains devout). I think Terry and Cody will make it through another round: Terry because he has a strong voice and Cody because love him or hate him, he has just enough charisma to make his performances interesting. (That said, I would also like to see Cody go home sooner rather than later.)

    Comment by Ashley – November 25, 2012 04:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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