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The Voice Semifinals Results Show Recap: Were the Right Singers Cut?

Welcome to what a reader recently referred to in the recap comments as the Red Wedding episode of The Voice — with, of course, good reason. In the bloodbath that is the penultimate results show of Season 12, not one or two, nor even three singers, but four were sent packing. If it were up to me, based on their performances throughout the contest, Chris Blue, Lauren Duski, Hunter Plake and Brennley Brown would have advanced to the finals (with Chris or Lauren ultimately winning). But it wasn’t up to me. So who wound up surviving to the bitter end?

Before we found out, Adam Levine showed us what it would look like if Billy Idol and Fonzie had a son; Big Boi, wearing what I hope was a faux fur from the Cookie Lyon Collection, and Adam performed the forgettable “Mic Jack”; and DNCE trotted out the catchy “Kissing Strangers” while appealing to the balloon-inflaters union and giving a hint of what the band would wear to a costume party.

Top Three Vote-Getters Advancing to the Finale (in Chronological Order)
Chris Blue (Team Alicia)
Lauren Duski (Team Blake)
Aliyah Moulden (Team Blake)

Lowest Two Vote-Getters (Immediately Eliminated)
TSoul (Team Blake)
Vanessa Ferguson (Team Alicia)

Remaining Singers Competing for the Instant Save

Brennley Brown (Team Gwen), “Warrior” — Grade: B- | The teen started off a little wobbly but, as she’s long tended to, gained momentum as she got to let loose on her bigger notes. Despite her fantastic growl, I couldn’t help but think that this performance was handing her ticket to the finals to Hunter.

Hunter “Mumblemouth” Plake (Team Gwen), “Love Runs Out” — Grade: B | Didn’t understand more than four words Hunter sang, but damn, did he ever sing them passionately. This performance was so much more exciting than Brennley’s that it didn’t even seem like a contest. Rarely do I not roll my eyes when Gwen speaks, but she was right this time: Hunter was/is “ready.”

Jesse Larson (Team Adam), “Tennessee Whiskey” — Grade: C | My first impression was that a ballad might not have been the smartest choice for Jesse here. My second was, had Hunter been coaching him on enunciation? In the end, it was decent but hardly earth-shattering. Hunter should have easily gotten the save. Yet

Eliminated
Brennley Brown
Hunter Plake

Instant Saved
Jesse Larson

So, which cut hurt the most? Who would you have saved? Who do you think will be the winner? Hit the comments.