The Voice Live Eliminations Elite 8 Become Fantastic 5 (Recap/Review)

The Voice Live Eliminations Elite 8 Become Fantastic 5 (Recap/Review)
On The Voice tonight, we will learn the results of overnight voting by you, America! The Elite 8 performers left have worked hard to make it to this point in the season, but three of them will not be moving on past tonight.That’s right, three —  by the end of tonight’s episode of the Live Eliminations on The Voice, we will be left with the Fantastic 5 performers, as determined by your votes, America! The Bottom Four will have to sing for the chance to have your votes Instantly Save one of them, while three will be leaving.

Josh Kaufman and Christina Grimmie received the iTunes bonus multiplier. Their studio recordings of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “How to Love” hit the second and the fourth positions on the iTunes Top 200 Singles chart at the close of the voting window, so it’s likely that these two competitors will be safe.

Last night, Kat Perkins sang a rockin’ version of “Get Lucky,” which might have kept her alive for at least one more week, and she just might end up as “The Voice” the final episode of the season, and be declared  the winner of a recording contract. Who will stay and who will be going home tonight on The Voice? Read on, to find out!

The Voice Live Eliminations Elite 8 Become Fantastic 5 (Recap/Review)

Carson Daly, host of The Voice, started the hour-long show by showing us a recap of last night’s episode. The two new judges for next season, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams performed, as well as the Elite 8, who — as Carson says — “left their hearts on the stage for your votes.”

Then, Carson introduced the judges, the two blonds — Shakira and Adam Levine — Usher, and Blake Shelton. Kristen Merlin of Team Shakira, Kat Perkins of Team Adam, and Audra McLaughlin, and Jake Worthington, of Team Blake, sang “Chainsaw.”  They did a GREAT job of opening tonight’s episode. The audience clapped right from the beginning of the song, an the performers really lit up the stage.

Carson Daly got ready to announce the name of the first artist that America saved — Josh Kaufman! He will be moving into the Fantastic Five! Who will be joining him?

Adam said he really doesn’t know about the chances of his team members tonight, but he thinks that Kat Perkins deserves to move on. Carson asked Shakira about Kristen Merlin’s chances of moving on, and Shakira said that “I have a lot of faith” that Kristen will be moving on.

Carson asked the same about Josh Kaufman to Usher, and Usher said he had Adam to thank for Josh being on his team, as Adam used to have Josh on his team.

“I have the name of the next artist who is safe and will be moving on to next week’s show. America saved — Kristen Merlin from Team Shakira!” Carson said.

Carson, back from the break on The Voice, showed a clip of The Voice: The Confessionals about quotes and sentiments of the performers and judges about their mothers, in honor of the upcoming holiday, Mother’s Day.

Then, Carson announced another performer saved by your votes, America: “America saved — from Team Adam — Christina Grimmie!”

The Voice Live Eliminations Elite 8 Become Fantastic 5 (Recap/Review)

WOO-HOO! Christina joins the Fantastic Five who will be moving on to next week! After another commercial break, we’ll learn who the last person is who America’s votes have saved, then we will hear the Bottom Four sing for the chance to be Instantly Saved and move on.

Christina, Josh, Delvin, and Sisaundra will be performing “Latch” before we hear any further results. They are FANTASTIC — Sisaundra and Christina hit the high notes with ease, and Josh and Delvin have such soulful, cool-sounding voices. They harmonize extremely well together. The audience clapped their hands right from the start of the song.

Carson: “The last artist saved by America’s vote is — America saved — Jake Worthington! He’s the last person saved by last night’s overnight vote! Each judge has someone representing his or her team. It’s up to you and everyone else watching the show to Instantly Save one of them!”

Back from another commercial break, Sisaundra Lewis sang “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman ” as her Instant Save song. She NAILED it, and had the audience cheering at various points during the song. The audience, and Blake, gave her a standing ovation.

Usher: “You know your voice is incredible. It’s obviously in America’s hands. I think it was an amazing performance.”

Shakira: “Your voice is so CRAZY GOOD! You are so gifted.”

Adam: “They say –the show says — that these are the Bottom Four, but all eight of you guys are incredible. There’s no bottom.”

Blake: “It’s contradictory to me to say we’re looking for the best singer in the world and Sisaundra is in the Bottom Four.”

Audra McLaughlin, also from Team Blake, went next. She sang “Done.” Audra got the audience really into the song, and she, like Sisaundra, put her heart and soul into singing this song. She ROCKED it OUT!

Shakira: “This is one of those moments when you have nothing to lose! Man, you’re fierce! I would love to have you stay!”

Adam: “This season, it’s surreal that these people are having to scrap for the last spot. It just doesn’t make sense.”

Blake: ‘She did amazing! Audra, this sucks — I’m sorry about this. America, this girl is world-class. More importantly to me, she’s a country vocalist. Save Audra, please!”

Kat Perkins, from Team Adam, sang “Barracuda” for her chance to be Instantly Saved by your votes, America. She sang a PERFECT version of this Heart song, and had the audience clapping right from the start of the song. She sang the CRAP out of this song!

Usher: “This performance basically took me back to the beginning. That was amazing! Your’e an amazing vocalist.”

Adam: “I believe that Terri McDermot and Kat Perkins are the two most rocking people to have ever been on The Voice.”

Carson: “Singing ‘Young Girls’ from Team Adam is Delvin Choice.” Delvin is AWESOME, also! He definitely isn’t making the choice of who to Instantly Save any easier for you, America — they all deserve to continue on. Delvin put so much heart and soul into this song.

Shakira: “I’ve been secretly rooting for you the whole time. You’re an amazing vocalist. there’s nothing you do wrong up there.”

Adam: “No one sounds like Delvin — no one! He doesn’t deserve to be in the Bottom Four, and neither does Kat.”

The Voice went to yet another commercial break. When the show returns, we’ll hear, at last, who the final performer will be who will be moving on to next week.

Carson asked Blake and Adam to argue their cases to America, to get their competitors Instantly Saved. Carson said “One of you was Instantly Saved by America’s tweets. the other three will, unfortunately, leave The Voice tonight. America Instantly Saved — Kat Perkins!” Adam came running up, and hugged both Delvin and Kat, who were hugging each other.  It was a touching, but bittersweet, moment on The Voice.

What an AMAZING episode of The Voice! The Bottom Four really were so terrific, they didn’t deserve to be in the Bottom Four — but, neither did the other performers. The Instant Save performances that the Bottom Four gave were each incredible, in their own right, and would likely have been good enough to Instantly Save any of the Bottom Four under other circumstances. However, tonight, it was Kat Perkins who was Instantly Saved by your tweets, America! What are you thoughts about tonight’s episode of The Voice? Please leave your comments below!

Written by: Douglas Cobb