The Voice sends two front-runners packing

The Voice (NBC) eliminated two contestants Tuesday, May 28, sending them packing. The number of people competing to be the ultimate winner of The Voice was reduced from eight to six by this surprising twist, as both of those who were cut were considered to be front-runners.

Before getting to who was eliminated, though, I’ll mention a few things about the performances of the remaining contestants.

The night opened up with the four remaining ladies, Judith Hill, Sarah Simmons, Michelle Chamuel and Sasha Allen singing the Rihanna song “Diamonds.” They were in dresses which sparkled, like the diamonds they sang about.

The remaining singers, Amber Carrington, Danielle Bradberry, Holly Tucker, and The Swon Brothers teamed up to sing a rousing rendition of Sugarland’s “Something More.”

Sasha Allen performed David Guetta and Usher’s “Without You.” She took a chance performing a song of one of the judges in front of him, but Sasha, as the last remaining member of Team Shakira, decided to give it her all and take the risk, and she gave a fantastic performance of it.

“Hearing the song performed by you conjured incredible emotions. I really do feel you did an incredible job,” Usher ssaid.

“You are the whole package to me. You really transcended today,” Shakira said, praising her one remaining team member. “You are the epitome of the American woman. You can do it all.”

Holly Tucker did a great job, also, and she made sure that the audience would  “totally rock out” to The Band Perry’s “Done.”

The Swon brothers, the longest-lasting duo yet in the show’s history, were compared by Blake Shelton to a modern-day version of The Eagles. They even performed The Eagles’ “Seven Bridges Road.”

The duo started the song off a cappella. They gave the tune a bluegrass feel that somehow worked.

Danielle Bradbery performed The Judds’ “Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Ol’ Days,” on a porch swing. She said she was thinking of her late grandparents while doing it.

Michelle sang Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.” Beforehand, Usher inspired her with his words:  “Imagine we took everything away and make you the loudest instrument.” It was one of the top performances of the night.

The other contestants did their best to hang on, and gave great performances, also. I particularly liked Amber Carrington’s performance of Adele’s song “Skyfall.”

Which of the judges was hurt the most by this dual elimination? That would be Adam Levine, as both of the people cut were on his team. They were Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons.

Voice voters apparently didn’t think that these season-four favorites deserved to move on, possibly because they believed that the performances of the other six contestants were better on this particular night.

Judith Hill was a backup singer for the late Michael Jackson. She was considered to be the odds-on favorite to be declared the season’s winner.

Also, Sarah Simmons had impressed the judges and made fans across America with her soulful singing and consistent performances.

If you have been living under a rock when the first episodes of this season premiered, and don’t know which contestants are left in the competition, the remaining six include Danielle Bradbury, Holly Tucker, and the Swon Brothers –who are all on Team Blake.

The other three judges have only one person on each of their teams hwo has managed to survive this far.

Sasha Allen is on Team Shakira, Amber Carrington is the last member of Team Adam, and Michelle Chamuel is the final person on Team Usher.

Team Blake is definitely at an advantage, and someone from Shelton’s team seems to be the most likely to win. However, there have been many twists so far in the competition, and anything’s possible.

Who knows? If Team Blake has a bad week, it might suffer dual losses, just as Team Adam did this week.


Written by: Douglas Cobb

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