Allergy season is pretty much over, so don’t try to blame the water in your eyes from pollen now that The Voice semifinal results telecast has come to an end.
No one said it would be easy, after all. With four of the eight remaining contestants slated for the CTRL+ALT+DEL treatment (AKA descent into the pit with Rancor), it was close to inevitable that those of us who’ve invested deeply in Season 11 would come away with some combination of unrelenting sadness, gut-punch shock and/or white-heat rage.
After exec producer Mark Burnett & Co. got their dream Top 3 made up entirely of Chosen Ones — more on that in a second — and erstwhile finalist Hannah Huston performed a song that was… interesting?…the real drama began. But as these things tend to go on The Voice, the singer who performed last — and got the most enthusiastic praise from his/her coach — was the one who ruled Twitter.
Can you can taste the sour grapes percolating through this recap? I’m not sorry. It’s human nature. #ExpressYourselfDontRepressYourself
Anyhow, let’s recap the action.
Top Three Vote-Getters Advancing to the Finale (in chronological order)
Billy Gilman (Team Adam)
Sundance Head (Team Blake)
Wé McDonald (Team Alicia)
Merry Christmas, Mark Burnett and NBC! You got everything you had on your wish list!
Lowest Two Vote-Getters (immediately eliminated)
Brendan Fletcher (Team Adam)
Aaron Gibson (Team Miley)
Remaining Singers Competing for the Instant Save
Christian Cuevas (Team Alicia), “I Can’t Make You Love Me” — Grade: C+
Ali Caldwell (Team Miley), “Sledgehammer” (the Rihanna song, not the Peter Gabriel jam) — Grade: B+
Josh Gallagher (Team Adam), “I Drive Your Truck” — Grade: C
With Ali’s overall body of work far exceeding Christian and Josh — and with her dominance in the semifinal’s final minutes, my Twitter mission was clear (albeit futile).
And then there were 4! Next week it’s on to the finale — which reminds me: Does anyone else feel like we deserve/need an extra week or two of competition to truly determine who’s the worthiest winner?
What did you think of The Voice Top 8 results? Did America get it right with the Top 3? Did the correct artist get saved? Sound off below!