The Voice Top 12 Results Recap: 'Instant' Karma's Gonna Get You

The Voice - Season 5 Top 12 Results RecapMariah Carey spent her entire tenure as an American Idol judge trying to make the catchphrase “Hashtag Pow” happen. (Spoiler alert: It never happened.)

Tonight, however, The Voice introduced a new twist to its own results-show telecast that involved the omnipresent “#” symbol and a whole lot of explosive drama.

Yes indeed, the introduction of the Instant Save added a layer of urgency to the proceedings — not to mention the kind of social-media buzz poor Christina Milian (you: “Who she?”) could never generate during her interminable reign over the show’s “SkyBox.”

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How did the Instant Save work? As Carson Daly explained it: After revealing the week’s Bottom 3 vote-getters right before the final commercial break, viewers had five minutes to Tweet the first name of the contestant they wanted to save, along with the phrase “#VOICESAVE.” Beyond that, it was simple: He or she with the most social-media mentions wins.

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Shall we get to the results?

Sent to Safety (in Chronological Order)
Caroline Pennell (Team Cee Lo) — “50 points for Ravenclaw!”
Matthew Schuler (Team Xtina) — Top 10 on iTunes, so obvi… (Sorry for saying “obvi”)
Austin Jenckes (Team Blake) — proving Blake’s charm is probably a bigger factor at this point than iTunes downloads
Tessanne Chin (Team Adam)
Jacquie Lee (Team Xtina) — “LOVE IS BLINDNESS! I’M TOO NUMB TO FEEL!” (sorry, got carried away there)
Cole Vosbury (Team Blake) — or as my husband refers to him, “Animal from the Muppets”
Will Champlin (Team Adam)
Ray Boudreaux (Team Blake) — whew. (I liked him this week!)
James Wolpert (Team Adam)

Bottom Three Vote-Getters
Kat Robichaud (Team Cee Lo)
Jonny Gray (Team Cee Lo)
Josh Logan (Team Xtina)

Full disclosure: It was at this point that I began Tweeting foolery such as:

And then Carson cut to the moment we’d all been waiting for — no, not Chicago Fire, but rather, the scoop on who’d fill the 10th and final spot in next Monday’s performance show:

Third Place in Instant Save (and Promptly Eliminated)
Jonny Gray (Team Cee Lo)

Second Place in Instant Save (and Promptly Eliminated)
Josh Logan (Team Xtina)

Instantly Saved
Kat Robichaud (Team Cee Lo)

So there you have it: Kat saved (huzzah!). Jonny and Josh eliminated (not entirely shocking). Austin not even in jeopardy, despite a poor iTunes showing. Cee Lo — in a black lace catastrophe — revealing he was “a little pissed” that two of his singers were in the Bottom 3.

What did you think of this week’s results? Did the Instant Save work well? Did you Tweet on behalf of anyone in particular? Did you enjoy any of the group numbers? (I dug “Roam.”) Sound off in the comments, and for all my Voice-related news, exclusives, videos and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!