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!