Who needs fingernails, really?
With four artists headed to the guillotine during the The Voice Season 10 semifinal results telecast — and only two of ’em truly, definitively, predictably safe — the urge to nervously gnaw my fingers almost overpowered my mother’s anti-nail-biting scolds from my childhood.
Carson Daly tried to distract us by offering a performance from incoming Season 11 coach Alicia Keys (her new song’s pretty good, but was she really singing it live?) and one from OneRepublic (shouldn’t those four minutes have gone to Tessanne Chin and her hot new single?), but all I could think about was “Will Alisan/Adam/Bryan/Hannah make it through?”
I knew there was no way every member of my personal Top 4 would be taking the stage next Monday, but a boy can still hope, right?
Ugh. Now I’m stalling like Carson. Like a frat guy prepping for a kegstand, let’s doooo this!
Top 3 Vote-Getters — Sent Directly to the Finale
Adam Wakefield (Team Blake)
Alisan Porter (Team Xtina)
Hannah Huston (Team Pharrell)
Bottom 2 Vote-Getters — Instantly Eliminated
Shalyah Fearing (Team Adam)
Paxton Ingram (Team Blake)
“Save Me” Performances for the Last Spot in the Finale
Mary Sarah (Team Blake) — Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water” | Grade: D+
Bryan Bautista (Team Xtina) — Miguel’s “Adorn” | Grade: A-
Laith Al-Saadi (Team Adam) — Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” | Grade: B (the guitar was hot, the vocal kinda perfunctory)
With Bryan the clear winner (to my ears) I took to Twitter to try and save him…
Alas, though, after a few weeks of my #VoiceSave hashtags lining up with America’s, my efforts were in vain… and People’s Former Sexiest Man Alive got another reason to celebrate. #ugh
What did you think of Season 10 Semifinal Results? Did America send the right four contestants to the finale? Who got your #TwitterSave votes? And who’s your pick to win it all? Sound off below!
Did the right singers advance? For once in the entire history of the show, I’d say these are precisely the correct final 4. I’m speechless. This so rarely happens. No Jake Worthingtons anywhere to be found. Color me impressed.
I’m glad Alisan and Laith made it, but Hannah and Adam bore me to tears. Would have rather seen someone with less technical ability but with a more interesting voice and style like Mary Sarah or Bryan get through. It’s all moot though because it’s pretty obvious Adam is going to win.
It’s not 100% obvious that Adam will win. I think he will win, but Alisan undeniably gives him a run for his money. Laith and Hannah only have to fight for 3rd place; there’s no way they can overtake Adam and/or Alisan.
Exactly, next week Alisans choices are going to be what she truly is. She will pick wisely and there’s also self written songs so her song will probably be excellent. Adams win is not a forgone conclusion
I agree with some of that. But I think you mean you hope she will choose wisely.
I’d like to hear Alisan doing The Rose. I’m pulling for her.
Personally I’d like to hear Hannah do The First Time Ever I saw your Face(Roberta Flack). That could be special if she connects well with it. Adam should do Green Grass and High Tides (Outlaws). This could actually blow the roof off. Laith should do Still Got the Blues For You (Gary Moore. Good song vocally and can show off his guitar skills.
I hope she will but I’m not so sure. If she and Xtina put their heads together I fear a total bombast in the works. Xtina wants to win…at any cost…and she will throw everything but, and maybe including, the kitchen sink at Alisan to see that she does.
Exactly. It’s definitely Adam vs Alisan. Hannah vs Laith. And each.
I agree 100% that Adam should win but if the producers wants Aisan she will, regarding Laith he his a musician. an artist and a singer all four has great future !!!
Porter all season was singing, cry baby, cry and more cr, screaming too much to impress, Fearing parents should talk with Mr. Davis ( Whitney and Hudson Mentor) he will finish her development !!!!!!
Hahahaha,that is corect..
Seems like the men in the final 4,,,, have longer hair than the women.
Laith and Adam W both bore me a little bit. I can appreciate their talent, but can’t love it. Gotta root strongly for the women this time.
I agree every song sounds the same and I can’t understand the words
Adam isn’t my favorite, but Hannah I love. Everything about her. Just love.
Agree. She is my favorite, too, which means of course that she won’t win. But at least she made the finals! So shocked when her name was called third.
I, too, was shocked that Hannah didn’t have to sing for the save. I do like her but I thought Bryan would have been in there instead. My top 4 choices were Adam, Alisan, Bryan & Laith.
That just goes to show that even though we love Hannah, we didn’t have much faith in her making it any further. I’m pretty sure all of her fans thought she was going to have to sing for the save! I thought that as well. I was for sure that she was a goner, but America pulled it out and got her in the TOP 3 with the votes! Yes! Can’t wait for next week. I want her to win, but that’s unlikely. But I hope she gets 3rd place, instead of 4th. Laith can get 4th place.
Hannah, Hannah, Hannah! Lol…
I mean, everybody underestimated her and didn’t think she’d make it this far. Even Blake said that Hannah has been under the radar, she was never a true front-runner, like those 2 I can’t really stand (Adam and Alisan). But look at her, she’s been the most consistent, yet she’s improved. She is 100% deserving of the win.
I have to say, the performance that made me absolutely fall in love with Hannah was her TOP 12 performance Something’s Gotta a Hold on Me. I liked her before, but this performance sealed the deal. I loved everything about it. Her vocals weren’t pitch perfect, but it was still great. The way she looked, the way she moved, just loved it. I don’t even particularly like that song, but Hannah made me like it. I couldn’t even get the song out of my head a week ago when I re-watched the performance over and over again on Youtube.
Hannah is so adorable, hard to believe I’m saying this, but it does not matter what she sings as long as she does it well.
If she just sings nice old ballads , no matter if well done, she won’t have any shot at all of challenging for the win. She has to do something powerful , unexpected, controversial and perform it like she’s gone GaGa on the unsuspecting public. Otherwise, she’s just another blonde singing a nice little fill song, while her competitors race past her, going for the big win.performance.
Because she is so beautiful, smart and talented, she look like a superstar buy down humble…….why not……she is sexy too !!!
Hannah is so beautiful, smart and talented, she look like a superstar but humble…….why not……she is sexy too
I hope that Adam will win, but the clear favorite of the producers and the coaches throughout the season, has been Alisan. They’ve pushed her at the audience hard enough to create some backlash, but she’s still the one that the show wants to win.
I agree that Alison has been the “frontrunner” since this season started . . .However Adam has had a very strong run on itunes as well, is on Team Blake,, and men seem to get more votes than women, ; as mentioned by others on these threads. Laith did not make top 3 by votes and had to be twitter saved to make it to top 4. Hannah should pull enough of the vote from Alison, to let Adam slide into the winners slot.
I totally agree. I really liked Bryan but both Laith and Hannah have been more consistent during the live shows and Laith earned that save
I think you make a fair point. I am very pleased by the night’s outcome. Five IMHO seemed about equal coming into tonight: Adam, Alisan, Bryan, Hannah, & Laith. Adam was both deserving and on Blake’s team. Alisan was deserving and had been hyped all season. Hannah had improved more than anyone and was as deserving as Alisan. Bryan & Laith were just as deserving, but 5 is not 3—so two were gonna havr to fight to be the 4th. And Mary was precisely the best of the bottom 3 and was deserving of the slot in the Instant Save. I was not surprised by her failing to do another good performance in a row; she just has not shown us that ability. Especially with this being short notice. Bryan did well, but had more inconsistency than usual. Laith was superb and deserved getting the last slot in the finals. Never mind the great guitar work, his vocals were great on that one!
I mostly agree with everything you said. The only thing I would dispute is you saying Mary didn’t have the ability to give back to back good performances. IMO she did just that the last couple weeks. She had a strong night last night. 3rd in my rankings. She just didn’t pick the right song tonight. I must say a D+ is a rediculously low grade for her. But then again it’s very clear that Slezak is not a fan of country music. But you’re right. Laith was the class of the field in the save me performances. I’m happy with the results as well.
I think D+ is about right, she was very pitchy, and I love country music. But that is a monster song to attempt and I think only Carrie Underwood really has the chops to pull it off, Mary Sarah just does not have the vocal chops that Carrie does. I think it was overly ambitious for Mary Sarah unfortunately.
I do agree with u about not singing Carrie. It never ends well for anybody. Carrie is on a different planet than everyone else when it comes to vocal ability. That being said… Judging by other renditions of that song in these competitions it wasnt that bad. I’d give her a B-. I guess it’s just the way you look at it. I don’t think it’s entirely fair to compare it to Carries version. If you compare any of these contestants to the greats no one would deserve better than a D+. I mean Carrie on AI wouldn’t have compared to Carrie 2015.
I’ll second that motion. ‘Consistency’ COUNTS.
I’m with A_O, a good final four. All have real talent. Looking forward especially to Laith in the finals. It will also be interesting if Alisan can hold back the screaming next week. Happy there are no half-octave singers like JW and SF in the finals.
Oh Angie! Hannah Hannah Hannah. And I am w/you on final 4 if even I cannot take Laith’s particular voice on a regular basis. He IS can proficient guitarist & committed singer.
We got our wish. :o) I jumped up and screamed when she got called third. I was not expecting that.
I clapped and clapped. Was SO prepared to hear Mary and pout, heh (not bc I don’t like her, just tired of the Blake vote).
No no and h…. NO
So glad you miss Jake so much after all these years. Jake Worthingtons Jake Worthingtons Jake Worthingtons…….its about time you move on with your life. He is long gone and doing his own thing. Why do you need to criticise somebody when he is no longer in your way to your happiness and pleasures!
Best final four in the history of the voice. If anyone but Adam wins it will be the most interesting season of the voice so far. I want Allison to win and break the girl curse. Hannah is my favorite but it’s almost impossible to catch up to those two at this point. The fact that Hannah made into the finals is the cake for me. If she gets runner up or winner that would be the extra bit of icing on top. Nevertheless I will keep voting for her and Allison. This is the first time, since season 1 with Dia, my favorite from blinds made it to top four…
I do agree with you on this being a good final four. I know that Adam’s probably going to win. It’s so obvious. I don’t like him, but he’s on Blake’s team, he’s a dude, and he’s a WGWG + WP…so there you go.
That would be so amazing if Hannah could pull out second place, let alone first. I mean, talk about an underdog moment. She truly is the underdog compared to Adam and Alisan.
I want a girl to win as well. I’m so sick of the guys winning time after time after time.
Vote for the girls, people! They deserve it just as much as the boys do, if not more so.
Hannah has EARNED her spot, majorly. She has never had a bad performance.
She is deserving of the title of the Voice. But alas, that would only happen in dreamland.
Dream on — but don’t play that song, way tired of the song,, but go Hannah, be a dangerous woman, just like Ariana (Grande).
Just out of curiosity, would you have thought it was the best final four in voice history if Bryan had won the twitter save?
Lena, the best I agree
This was supposed to go under the very first comment. Agree that this is the right top 4. They all deserve their spots in the finale. I would love to see my favorite, Laith, win but feel all are deserving at this point. Next week will be interesting and fun to watch.
Laith is talented and it is def good to have someone different on the show. And he may be a stud on his own original songs. But he hasn’t given me something new that I didn’t even know I wanted, plus I like his guitar playing more than his voice. Bryan felt much fresher and different to me, so I would have gone with him for the save.
All that said, I’m rooting for Alisan next week. :-}
Conveniently, it still somehow comes down to each judge having 1 singer. Hmmm.
That almost never happens on this show anymore. Usually Blake’s fans get two of his people into the finale.
I couldn’t agree any more. I don’t think I’ve ever had a top 4 that I envisioned since the start of live shows. For whatever reason, I forgot there would be an instant save and I don’t know if Laith was necessarily 4th in voting prior to the Instant save performance. I am so glad there was and Laith showed he was far and above better than Mary Sarah, and Brian. I actually feared for Hannah getting the 3rd spot and glad she didn’t have to go head to head with Laith. This is going to be the most heated finale I can recall. Season 2 comes to mind
Yeah! Great job, America! Historically speaking, though, if someone from Team Adam is up for save, they will get it (unless they suck, tremble, or have nervous breakdown). A bit surprised Mary Sarah didn’t get through, though, specially since she’s for once in the Top 10 of iTunes. I really thought she had this in the bag.
Angie, I so agree with you. Yay!
This was pretty much the lineup I expected. A finalist for each coach, made sure by the fact that Laith performed last in the Twitter save sing-off. Alas, I was thrilled to see Hannah made it through without having to be saved. I wonder if the competition between Adam and Alisan is closer than most are expecting. Should be a great finale regardless.
Yesss,Evan..she didn’t have to duke it out!! What an utterly refreshing moment. I just love her..and am thrilled and grateful I get to hear her sing again next week.SHE is refreshing and manages to refresh those old tired songs each week. She has earned, more than earned, her right to a magical, enchanting, killer song next week!
Tired old songs? Beautiful classics, I say–and the originals are hard to top!
Yeah, man that’s what I loved about last night’s episode. I just hollered and started clapping really loudly like an idiot when Carson called her name. I was for sure he was about to call Mary Sarah’s name, but then I heard Hannah Huston. Oh, that made my day yesterday. That girl should win! She’s not going to win. But I’m so glad she still made it to the end.
Hell yeah its extremely close! Accumulated itunes since the lives apply in the finale and I’m pretty sure they are even there. So this weeks theme, song choice song choice song choice. Oh yeah, and nail it!
Laith blew them away with his guitar solos and deep lush song stylings. It was obvious he was going to get that save.
I agree this is the best top 4, but should Laith’s guitar solos matter? This is called The Voice after all.
It definitely should matter. That’s who he is as an artist. I also don’t think it’s a advantage or disadvantage. Some people like that sort of thing and some don’t. I would much rather see each artists true artistry than have some edited version.
My thoughts exactly Mike-Laith should not have been allowed to play guitar but only to sing for his performance…Bryan was so much better!
I think he’s an above average singer combined with his guitar work that got him this far. If he wasn’t singing as well as he is I don’t think his guitar work would help him. But it’s definitely an equal combo.
Don’t be fooled by the title of show. Craig Wayne Boyd and others have disproved it.
If it’s only the voice then how come the performers get tons of orchestration by others that influences the outcome. Laith does his own orchestration. That is a plus especially since he us a truely incredible musician
There was simply no question….Laith!…My fave songwriter, Dylan, and the greatest cover of a Dylan song ever, Jimi Hendrix’ All Along the Watchtower…compressed to the available time frame…and delicious! He got back to his rich low-country pocket; and when he went to the highlands, it was much fuller and also rich. Great vocals. And great guitar licks—which, by the way, was a jazz variation on Hendrix’ arrangement. He gave homage with occasional Hendrix sound but did his own riffs and tightly compressed Dylan’s harmonica solo (which became Hendrix’ histrionic guitar masterpiece). He really did make it about the vocals. Win or lose, I am so proud he did that. And he did win, so great! [One of my Top Ten songs of all time.]]
Laith did that song justice.His leads are always tasty & to the point of the melody.Im a 30 year guitarist & know a little about it.I like that hes there in the finale it gives me hope for this show.I agree with the other 3 picks also.
I really thought Shaylia (Sp?) thought she’d be in the final four and I half expected her to be too. But once it was revealed that she didn’t make the cut for the 3 Twitter save, I thought Bryan would take. That was until I heard Laith play and sing All Along the Watch Tower!!! What a way to win the save!! The singing was great; the guitar playing was awesome and he picked one of the most badass songs in history. I wasn’t sure he’d make the final four and I still think Alisan is the best choice but I am rooting for Laith to get second place. Adam is decent but he does the same music week after week. I feel like I’m always listening to the same song each week. As for Hannah, I liked her at first but somewhere along the way she seemed to become very full of herself, cold and with a bit of a hard shell. Pharrell, who I love, always says how humble she is and he’s said it so often that I wonder if he knows she’s not relatable to many of the viewers.
I wasn’t sure who I would be tweeting to save. The only one I BADLY wanted in top four was Hannah, and she shocked many with third guaranteed pick. I never voted for Brian or Mary, only once for Laith. But his Twitter save performance blew me away and made me forget about the Adele song! I must of tweeted to save him like 20+ times! It’s actually the first twitter save I ever participated in… must say it was lovely.
1 tweet counts per Twitter account. You can retweet someone else’s tweet instead of creating your own tweet, but still…only 1 tweet per acct is counted. Same thing with iTunes. Just buy 1.
As much as I enjoyed Bryan all season, I enjoyed Laith as well, so I can’t really be mad at this Top 4. Each coach is represented and all four of them are (arguably) incredibly talented so I think this has a chance to be a really fantastic finale. May the best person win.
I have never appreciated a recap more. In the ER getting stitches at the exact time they were about to announce so I missed it.
YAAAAS! She pulled it out! Hannah Huston PULLED IT OUT! YES! I’ve never screamed so loud in my life when Carson said her name. I was like “Hannah you’re going home. I don’t want you to, but you’re leaving. And it’s unfortunate….” I literally feel for these contestants…had butterflies in my stomach…especially for Hannah. My heart was pounding but she’s in the finale! Whoo!
I just wanted her to make it to the finale. She doesn’t have a chance at winning against WGWG (and PP as others have mentioned) Adam Wakefield.
But I’m so happy she is in the finale! Yes, girl. At least she’s one of the lucky ones to make it to the end. I’m rooting for you Hannah. Please let a girl win again for once…preferably Hannah.
Adam Wakefield cannot win!
Hannah Huston MUST WIN! She’s the dark horse in this competition!
HANNAH, pick your songs WISELY next week! PICK THE RIGHT SONGS! Please!
Adam might be white, but he hasn’t had much of a chance to be “with guitar” – maybe WGWP?
Well, that’s why I included both…duh…
Hannah Huston for the win!
Right on Jaszy! Hannah Hannah Hannah.
I agree from the first night I wanted her to be in the finale. I knew Adam would and am happy about that as well! I don’t care for Alisan but I like Laith.
I was about the same way! Maybe to excited as I stubbed my toe on my coffee table!! LOL. I was very happy she was in the top 3 and didn’t have to sing for her spot! Judging by iTunes results, you’re right, she probably doesn’t have a chance to win. But at least we get a chance to listen to her one more week on this show! There’s nothing to say she won’t go on and have a great career afterwards also. It’s been proven time after time that you can have success without winning these shows. For me I would be happy with a Hannah, Adam or Laith win. Not a big fan of Alisans. It’s going to be a great finale!
Yeah. If she didn’t make the top 3 and would’ve have to sing for a spot, I don’t think she could’ve beat Laith…that’s assuming that Mary Sarah would’ve made it through to Top 3.
Doesn’t mean that I think Laith’s better, there’s just no way Adam wasn’t going to have somebody in the finale.
Hold on…Collin, is that you? I didn’t realize it was you until I started writing this sentence. For once, we agree on something. Lol…
LOL!!! Yes we did! Go Hannah!
The differences in what “pulled it out” and “pulled it off” conjures up or implies may surprise you.
And I knew there was going to be some people on here with their minds in the gutter. I thought I might address that in my original comment, but I didn’t want that one sentence to interrupt the flow of my post. No, Scamp, Hannah does not have male private parts, okay?
And, yes, I did really mean ‘pulled it out’, as in she pulled out a win to making it to the finale.
PHARRELL, please do your job right!!!! We count on you!
I go back and forth on Shalyah and Alison. I love Shalyah and think she could have gone on to do amazing things.. and I hope she still does. I understand Alison’s story and her drive… I also understand that public’s desire and need to always back the biggest underdog… but sometimes backing the most talented person is the best answer. I like the top 4 – I’m just not sure I love them.
I would have loved to see Shalyah & Alison go head to head in the finale. I just can’t believe that she didn’t have the fan base to get her there, b/c she certainly has the talent. I was extremely disappointed to see her & Pax, as well as Brian go. My top 4 picks were Alison, Shalyah, Pax, & Brian. So now all my hopes are pinned on Alison. I will really miss Shalyah & Pax. In my opinion, in addition to their amazing talent they were both beautiful inside & out.
I use the Voice app on my phone – the only one left of the team I had created is Hannah
I totally agree with you! I love Allison and Shalya! I think she left too soon. I hope she goes on to do amazing things as well. I think will be hearing her real soon!
I have really liked Alison from the beginning but I thought Shalyah was incredibly talented especially for being 16 yrs old…unreal! I think she was extremely shocked not to be in the top four and even more so, that she wasn’t even chosen to sing for her life. I wonder why she didn’t make it?? Her version of Jennifer Hudson’s song was incredible and she sang well throughout the competition. I wonder if she was from a small town and didn’t have a big fan base?? I haven’t seen anyone else mention it so far…..any thoughts?
I’m happy. Laith was a surprise, but he’s what makes The Voice different from AI. Should be a good finale.
I hate the Twitter save. While I can’t say that any of the top 4 do not deserve to be there. I’m a little skeptical how each coach has an artist in the finale. On a positive note it should be a good one! Hoping that Pharrel does not saddle Hannah with some tired overdone reality show song. Which is what I’m afraid is gonna happen.
Good golly Miss Molly, I’m leery of Pharrell picking her songs too,, , but she slayed a questionable song-choice yesterday,and I agree with some others who believe that Hannah has pulled a portion of Mary Sarah’s voters over to her.
Troll, where have you heard or read Hannah has pulled some of Mary Sarah’s voters!?? That would be great if true!
It’s true. I watch the show with seven other people who were all for Alisan and all seven quit voting for her two weeks ago and are backing Hannah.
Nice! But the question was about hearing some of Mary Sarah’s fan base voting for Hannah. They were/are quite different.
I heard it on the grapevine. Also over a cold one at the Pub after the show last night. They been talkin’ bout getting Hannah over to the wild side of life. When a man loves a woman, yuh know………..
So true! I just feel there are way better songs that will make people go DAMN Hannah! But don’t ask me what those are, cause I don’t have a clue!
Well I know what those songs are. Hannah had two or three YouTube’s up prior to her launching on The Voice. She was totally in singer song writer pocket. Not big R&B at all. But she so slayed w/Allen Stones,Unaware in the blinds that Pharrell or whoever kept guiding her down that path as there were a good handful of others in the singer-songwriter lane. Now,that was a wise choice on Pharrell’s or whoever’s part. Blue-eyed soul is still titillating when well done,which can do! Pharrell or whoever really needs to mine some R&B diamonds for Hannah . I have been writing them to Pharrell on twitter,Hannah too on FB,Twitter & Instagram. I can write them til I am blue in the face..hahaha..they’ll never respond.
A tender song like the First Time I Ever Saw Your face with just a slight adjustment in arrangement if at all. But a good deep ballad that’s not overdone should do the trick
I’d like Hannah to sing “Misty Blue.” And I think Adam should sing “Maybe I’m Amazed.”
I am leery, too! Predict Pharrell will make her sing Stand By Me by Ben E. King or something equally unsuitable. Which she will then have to overcome to make up for his lackadaisical coaching.
Yay! Mary Sarah gone. She needs to get real. Too bad about Bryan…
Yeah, but at least Bryan got to shine last night. Tonight, he channeled Marvin and was good. Then there were a couple of loopy low-to-hi transitions, some more Marvin, and some wobbly pitch late. Not his best. B level at best.
Never was a fan of Mary Sarah
God no! I couldn’t understand how or why she was voted in week after week. When she sang I beg your Pardon, I never promised you a Rose Garden which is such an old dreary song, I couldn’t believe that anyone would vote for her. Then when she sang her last song spending most of it behind a curtain or shower curtain I thought it looked so stupid I couldn’t imagine anyone would vote for that.
Wow what a cliffhanger at the end.Loved Laith’s performance so happy he won the save. On to next week now for another nail biting show. Is Alicia Keys stealing Audra Day’s look?
When I saw Alicia’s outfit, I wondered if Xtina had chosen it for her. I’ve never quite figured out why she thinks her cleavage is appropriate on a show watched by kids as well as adults.
So agree 2young… we’ve been mystified by Xtina’s need to make her cleavage the focal point of her ‘look’… one would think she’d want people to focus more on her artists & her skills as a coach… it has seemed an incongruous choice for this particular show & it’s probable audience… you’d think the Producers would have had something to say about it. It’s all very strange… & sad somehow.
Xtina always dresses inappropriately with either major cleavage or too short skirts. For once she actually looked nice in a woman’s suit w/o displaying all her goods. She looked much more classy.
O Hannah, Let my love adorn YOU!! What a an ecstatic moment for Hannah& all of us who love her!
Love hannah she really. Brings the. House down!!!!!
Yes! Agree with you 100% We have to represent on here for Hannah!
Just from itunes sales this week compared to the group as a whole, the elimination of the first 2 by vote count – was not surprising……….. You have to wonder who actually got the 4th place actual votes though…………And once you get into the twitter battle and the show closes before much can be said,,,, wonder if it might have been a really close battle of tweets between Laith & Bryan.
According to Twitter laith had 561K votes and Bryan 304k votes.
Thank you. I was curious about that. Where do you obtain that information?
I loved Bryan leading up to the Semifinals, but I honestly don’t get the hype over his Semifinals performance or his Instant Save performance. I get that his performance of Hurt was emotional, but this is a vocal competition and his vocals were a mess. I’m a singer myself, and I get that sometimes people go off key or pitch to show emotion, but if you’ve studied the technique enough you can really tell when it’s intentional and when it isn’t, and I could clearly tell that he was struggling on a technical level, not just an emotional level. And even if I couldn’t, the look on his face after he finished had “that wasn’t good, was it…” written all over it.
Then both Mary and him had really bad song choices for an Instant Save. Neither of them had any kick to them, neither felt like a ‘fight for my life’ kind of song. On the other hand, Laith’s song was strong and powerful and showed that he wasn’t going down without a fight, which certainly helped.
Laith really seems the same to me in every song he does. I like what he does but I couldn’t sit through an hour of him.
I love Bryan’s instant save performance tonight.
His performance last night? Oh no. That was not good.
I loved Shaylah, great energy but often enough off key. I hope she gets training and has great success. Bryan is full of feeling, love him but he was also off key. Hard to download off key songs. Not a fan of Alisan, chipmunky quality to her singing, lacks authenticity (as does Mary) and screeches.Don’t appreciate the manipulation of coaches/producers to annoint a singer like Alisan the winner from the start. She is talented and on key but I would never choose to listen to her songs.
I thought Bryan started weakly on Monday night, but then as he warmed up, he locked in and sounded great. But not great enough, I guess.
So happy that Alisan (should win), Adam (runner-up), and Hannah (worthy of being in the finale) moved on, but why not Bryan? :/
I’m satisfied with the results. Very happy with Hannah making it. I knew Adam was definitely safe so I’m happy my top 2 are in the finale. I thought Laith was the best in the Twitter save performances. So he definitely deserves to be in as well. This was the final 4 I expected till last night when I thought Mary out performed both Bryan and Laith. But she wasn’t as strong tonight. I have no idea why she choose that song when it was quite obvious what was working best for her. Traditional country. Song choice bit her in the behind tonight! Bryan did better tonight than last night IMO. But it wasn’t enough IMO. In the end I like Adams comment “he’s something we haven’t seen before” on why Laith is special. That’s why he got my vote tonight. He definitely is something we haven’t seen before. It’s a breath of fresh air and he has the chops to go along with his stellar musicianship.
Methinks most of The Voice’s audience is unfamiliar with the sheer willpower of Nebraskans to win any and all online voting contests involving one of their own. I legitimately will not be surprised at all if Hannah wins this thing.
Man ,I hope you’re right about Hannah,Rissa.
Me to. I adore Hannah.
But Adam wins it all with Laith in second, Hannah third and Allison 4th.
Mark my words.
It’s more likely this
I agree. The top 10 iTunes multiplier is big and Adam and Alisan have been the only 2 consistently in the top 10. It’s going to be one of those 2 unless one completely unravels. Which I highly doubt will happen. I just hope it’s Adam!
I see this leading-up to a really interesting battle for the win now – and with Hannah gaining, getting feisty in her performances,,…..,Mary Sarah gone,,,, Bryan and Shalyah out-of-the-picture —– not everyone that still decides to vote –is going to automatically jump on the Adam, Alison or Blues-man wagon…….. I like them all, and enjoy Laith’s music a lot, as guitar man myself. It’s going to be fun to see what cards/song choices they use net week. Hannah had been playing middle value cards, surprised she was still on the show,,,,,,,,,,,,,,then suddenly pulled the Ace of Diamonds on them and knocked-out Mary Sarah,Bryan and almost Laith.
This!!! Go Hannah! #nebraskalove
I will LMAO if Hannah wins through the sheer power of Nebraska! I love Hannah though, so wouldn’t mind if that’s why she wins!
It was literally Hannah Huston Day in Nebraska yesterday. On Monday nights, a bunch of bars and restaurants don’t show sports on tv; they host big Voice watch parties. The entire state is completely enamored with her, myself included.
Wow, wouldn’t that be something? That’d be a true underdog moment. She deserves to win though. Though it hurts me to say this…they kind of all do. But obviously, I prefer it to be Hannah.
In my mind: 4th: Adam, 3rd: Laith 2nd: Alisan 1st: Hannah…but of course, that will never happen.
It is rumored that Kris Allen won Idol in his year, because a group of people in his home state, put-out info on how to power-vote through using methods Idol had for voting at the time — and mobilized thousands of people to do it for hours and hours……..Also, the Southern States seem to be more receptive to banding together behind a contestant through publicity willingly generated through their home-state news media; and while Nebraska is not a Southern or populous State, sounds like the dedication is there.
I’ve heard of this. I’ve been a huge fan of Idol since the beginning as well.
Yeah, the Nebraskans may be dedicated, but dedication isn’t enough when people are going crazy for Adam Wakefield for some odd reason.
Hannah won’t win, but I’m a dedicated voter from TN anyways.
A book about Idol dispelled that rumor. It says Kris Allen won by such a wide margin they could have thrown out every single vote from his home state and he still would have won. People forget that Kris was never in danger his whole season and his top 3 performance of Heartless was a huge success.
I’ll be happy as long as Alisan doesn’t win!!!!!!!!!!
Wth ain’t no way Shalyah should have lost that ridiculous. She slayed her performance last night.
I totally agree!
Nit really — bad song choice and too much over singing.
I so agree with you. I can’t believe she didn’t have more fans. I would have really liked to see her in the finals and feel she really deserved to be there. Amazing talent and beautiful inside & out.
Keep in mind that she could have lots of fans AND still not win. There are millions of voters! I hope she sees it as a win that she came this far out of so many contestants. She – and all of them – should be proud.
The show is called The VOICE for a reason-it is about singing-not extraordinary guitar skills!!! Bryan sang clear & on pitch his entire performance, yet Laith won because of his guitar, not his vocal skills!!!!
I completely disagree
Brian was off on a bunch of notes —
I was voting for his beard, not his guitar playing.
Re: Bryan, I thought it was a pitchy “note salad.” I could not figure out the melody of the song and really didn’t enjoy it at all.
Agreeing with the comment about Laith and his guitar
I have not watched the show yet, as I am in the West Coast. The Voice seems to care less about those viewers don’t live in Central Standard Time or Eastern Standard Time zones.
But I just realize that we finally get a Voice USA Finale with each coach having one artist! That is a Voice First! I am pretty sure that Adam never imagines that Laith will represent him in the finale. We all sort of write off Pharell after the live show begins, but Hannah peaks at the right time. Of course we expect Christina will have Alisan, as well as Blake with Adam. With four solid artists, I expect a good finale, and I am also sort of excited to see what singles will the four of them get. I am so happy that some corporations (Nissan maybe) are sponsoring a single for each of the finale artist.
So why was Pharrell giving a standing ovation to Bryan while Christina was sitting? Have I missed something? I’m also happy for Hannah and Laith and I hope they come up with something amazing for the finale!
I’m happy that. Hannah made it. She is so much better than Mary Sarah.
Wished it could have been Bryan instead of Laith. Oh well.
The voice is very racist I saw that tonight it needs to be taken off the air.No black have never advance nor won
Ex Voice Watcher, it is not true that a black has never advanced or won. Javier Colon and Germaine Paul, the first two Voice winners were black. And Damien was in the finals. Teschanne Chen, a Jamaican, won one years. The color of skin has nothing to do with a singing competition.
To be fair, Tessanne isn’t exactly black. She self-identifies as a multiethnic Chinese Jamaican.
Whatever one calls him/herself, it’s really about the perception of the public. Lots of people are saying that because Laith is Arabic or Iraqi or whatever, he isn’t “white.” Um…he’s white.
But she’s less than 10% black. She’s far more caucasian and asian than she is black.
Yeah, but did the voters perceive her as black? If one wants to argue about whether or not the voters are racist, all that really matters is how they perceive the contestants. While I’m sure there is a segment of voters who vote according to their racist beliefs (they’re unavoidable, unfortunately) I tend to think it’s really mostly people voting based on who they like most as a performer.
I would be very confused if the voters believed her to be black. She’s only marginally black, she looks Chinese, self-identifies as multi-ethnic Chinese, and her last name is Chin. If people somehow want to interpret all of these datapoints as “she’s black,” then I don’t really know what to say.
I didn’t really know who Tessanne was but I just looked her up on the interwebs and clearly she isn’t black. I forgot how this conversation led to this point but I think I was trying to point out that if there are voters voting based on race, it’s going to be based on their perception of the singer, not necessarily the singer’s actual ethnicity, if it’s not clear what that is. Unless the singer makes a point of declaring their ethnicity or voters go to the trouble of investigating that.
Anyway, I hope the majority of voters are voting based on the singing and not race.
I agree Voice Fan that this show is not racist, and even if racism were the cause (which I don’t believe to be the case), the blame would lie with America’s voters wouldn’t it? I myself was so disappointed to see 3 of my fav 4 go home tonight. I loved Shaylah, Pax, & Brian, and feel they deserved to be in the finals along with Alison Porter. But then again that is just my opinion. I also see how these coaches are really pulling for these artists to make it and not just their own. Even though they want one of their own to win, they also totally support the others and encourage them and even tell people to vote for them. Definitely not the show’s fault. Sometimes that just the way the cookie crumbles. I was extremely sad to see Shaylah, Pax, & Brian go home tonight, but life goes on, and I’m sure this show has, & maybe will continue to help them in there careers.
Patti, you are absolutely right. It is America, not the show, that votes for the contestants. To tell you the truth, I am color blind. I vote based on the songs the contestant sings and don’t pay any attention to the color of their skin. I didn’t even realize that all three singers who went home were black until now. I thought Paxton, Shalaya and Bryan were all talented but they are pop singers. I prefer ballads. I like country, blues, gospel and blue grass. I voted for Javier Colon, Jermaine Paul and Damien because I loved their voices and the songs they sang. I didn’t care what color their skin was.
Tessane Chin? Jermaine Paul?
hello? season 1: Javier Colon
Season 1 was won by a black R&B singer and Blake was his coach!
That was season 2, Javier Colon won season 1 with Adam as his coach.
[1 of 4] Last season, I raised concern about possible racist tendencies in voting. Thus, I consider your assertion to be serious and deserving of a fair and careful response. But you point to no evidence trail; you seem to be reacting merely to no black in the Final 4. In my study of this, I find insufficient evidence to warrant your full-throated conclusion, at least for this season. First, I would point out that the show is formatted by producers who always have one black coach in four and who showcase songs and music from the varied black music traditions of blues, jazz, gospel, r&b, soul, funk & contemporary blended forms—probably multiple times every night of the show. Artists are pre-filtered by talent scouts, then 48 are chosen in the Blinds by coaches. A high percentage of non-white singers routinely are among the 48; I have seen as many as 12 or 25%–almost double the number of African-Americans in the population. So the show does not seem at all racist in conception or implementation. The problem is us, the American public—and whether the occasional societal upswings in racism impact voting on the show!
[2 of 4] Season 8 was a stunning display of inclusion: 5 blacks made the Top 12, 4 were Final 6, and one reached the Final Four….My main concern was Season 9, when coaches put 5 blacks in the 24 for the Lives (like the previous) but ZERO were among the 8 voted in by public and only one was coach-saved; America voted that one off the show from 12 to 11. That was ugly. Plus, the black coach lost the first two out, from 12 to 10. What was going on? I noted the election rhetoric last Fall got strident in attacks on “the other”. And yet, at the same time, an openly gay guy made the finals! That was different–and a plus for diversity; yet there were clear & concerning racial undertones in the voting…..Anyway, I had a wary eye on this season. But coaches put 7 non-whites in the 24 for Lives—wow! Then, only one was voted in by public—uh oh!. But then coaches added 2—whew!. Then an uncomfortable 3 rounds saw the black coach lose 2 of the first 3 out—what?. Sorta like the previous–yuk. However, the 3 black artists were on other teams—and all reached the Semifinal 8—yay, I guess! Certainly, 3 of the last 8 was a huge uptick from the previous 0 for last 11 season—for sure!
[3 of 4] And now? It is 0 for 4 in the finals—bummer!….But even statistically, one realizes blacks are not 1 in 4 in the wider population; they are 1 in 8 —so one should not expect a black artist to make the finals every time. That said, we know that blacks are well-represented in music historically, for reasons of opportunity & talent. So then consider the quality of the 3 black artists who reached the Semis this season. I feel Paxton was due for departure. Young Shalyah showed a lot of promise, but struggled to be consistent, especially as the talent pool got smaller and better. IMO she was # 7. Which leaves Bryan, the best vocalist early on, but did not shine as bright in live competition as those in our final 4 became more consistent. He hurt himself with some unimpressive songs. But I felt he was always top 4 or 5. Adam & Ali were a lock, so his chance for the 3rd slot was 30% at most–Hannah got that. In Instant Save, Mary was off key, Bryan was less consistent, while Laith was fab–and the obvious winner.
[4 of 4] So, this season, really, there is only the troubling oddity of Pharrell losing 2 of the first 3 in the 12, after losing the first two the last time. Otherwise, there is really not a big story here to point to obvious racism. Around the margins, there may have been enough bias so that a less-consistent Mary ended up in 5th and Bryan in 6th via Instant Save. But neither of them was gonna catch Laith with his powerhouse turn and take the 4th slot. Most of us realize Bryan has amazing talent. Yet, over course of season, all in the top five had about equal success. I was glad that 4 of them made the Final 4. While I am sad the fifth could not make it, I am grateful that the show gave him a long showing on national broadcasts which might jumpstart an actual career. Bryan truly has as much upside as any of the competitors. He had a good run and an outstanding Monday night solo. Be happy for him. Be happy for Paxton & Shalyah, who remarkably got this far. And be happy for the group of 4 who still get to sing & strut—one more time. As Pharrell often tells his singers, it is not how long you last or when you leave, but about making the most of this opportunity provided. All of the 8 Semifinalists can be proud! And we should be proud for them!
+1. @davmon thank you for pulling together all of that information.
I’m through watching the voice. Not sure who is voting but it’s definately not people who know music
I agree done! #NoWayHannah
The people who are voting are probably the same people who kept Mel Doo…… from winning American Idol!
I was happy to see three of my four favorites – Adam, Laith and Hannah – make it to the finals. I was disappointed but not surprised that Alisan Porter got in the top three instead of Mary Sarah. I thought Laith would win the sing off. He is more experienced, more powerful singer, performer and an overall musician. And he still has three singles on the top of the I-Tunes blues chart ahead of BB King and other blues greats. I think it will be a good finale because all four coaches have a horse in the race. I am rooting for Adam but I would be satisfied if anyone won but Alisan. I think the other three are all better singers than her.
Agree. This is why i picked her to come in 4th in my earlier comment.
I disagree. No way does Mary touch ALISAN. Only Adam and Hannah are just close to her level. ALISAN is a gift