‘The Voice’ Recap: A Shocking Elimination Reveals The Top 8

Tue, November 20, 2012 9:44pm EDT by 18 Comments
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One of the show’s frontrunners was sent packing in a shocking elimination, and Rascal Flatts stopped by to perform their new single. Was the elimination justified?

Things went all topsy-turvy tonight on The Voice as the top eight were revealed. An artist once considered a frontrunner in the game was sent home, shocking host Carson Daly and coaches Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Cee Lo Green! Let’s jump right into it.

Record Voting

Carson informed us that this week was another week of record-breaking voting. Every artist charted on iTunes, and at the close of voting, Melanie Martinez had hit number eight and Cassadee Pope hit number one! Both of them had their iTunes votes multiplied by 10 for being in the top 10, which is quite a nifty price.

The Music

Christina performed “Let There Be Love” with her team, Sylvia Yacoub and Dez Duron. They mimicked a blind audition, judging their coach. It was pretty cheesy, but Christina sounded great. Should we place bets on how many more songs off Lotus, her new album, available in stores now, will be performed on the show?

Carson then told us that tonight, a new interactive feature was being introduced. The audience at home got to choose which song the teams would be performing later in the show, making this show more convoluted than ever before.

Team Blake and Team Christina won the weird tweet-off and sang “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benetar. Dez further proved why he doesn’t deserve to continue in this competition, with his inability to sing any note that isn’t mid-range.

Rascal Flatts also stopped by to sing, joined by Cassadee Pope and Cody Belew on “Change,” the title track off their new album. I’ve never been much of a Rascal Flatts fan, and I can’t say I liked that song very much, but yay for Cassadee and Cody? I guess. Blake loved it because Blake loves country. Duh.

Adam also hit the stage with his team to sing Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. The performance was a bit low-energy, but it sounded great. I just think that Amanda Brown, Bryan Keith, and Melanie Martinez are three artists who would never perform together if they weren’t forced to — and it showed.

The Results

The first two saved were Cassadee and Nicholas David. Considering Cassadee’s iTunes success, this was no surprise. More surprising is that Nick continues to earn America’s love, regardless of how different he may be. I mean, could you imagine someone like Nick making it past auditions on American Idol? I don’t think so.

The next two saved were Dez and Cody. I was so glad that Cody was announced safe earlier this week, so I didn’t have to chew my fingernails off again. (I like him a lot! Sue me.) Dez slid on through yet again because he has dimples and clear skin — boo.

The next artist saved was Melanie, followed shortly by Terry McDermott. This left Sylvia, Amanda, Bryan, and Trevin Hunte to sweat it out for the final two spots. Carson announced Trevin first. As he began to announce the final name, I felt a little bad for Sylvia when he led with “From Team Adam,” because she knew she had no chance, yet still had to stand there and wait for him to pause dramatically before announcing the safe name.

But all of that was forgotten when Amanda was announced as safe, as shock took over. Bryan was eliminated? Huh? What happened there, America? Let’s get real — Sylvia and Dez should’ve gone home tonight. I know I’ve ragged on Bryan’s song choices before, but he can sing circles around Dez, and no one can fight me on that.

‘The Voice’ Eliminations Reveal Top 4 — Another Shocking Results Show

What did you think of tonight’s elimination, HollywoodLifers? Did Bryan deserve to go home this soon? Am I too hard on Dez? Let me know in the comments below!

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