It’s the first night of eliminations for the Live Show on The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) and that means it’s time to fill an entire show before getting to an announcement that will take about 10 seconds. It wouldn’t be a reality show without dragging out the news of an elimination and The Voice does that better than any show.
All 12 finalists are in attendance, as are Coaches Blake Shelton, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, and Adam Levine, who can no longer save their performers, but they can do their best to talk them up and hope viewers vote at home.
Kicking things off, the first round of three performers saved were Addison Agen, Noah Mac, and Chloe Kohanski.
Next up was the first performance of the night, which featured Jennifer Hudson and her team singing The Beatles “Let It Be,” doubling as a beautiful rendition of the classic song and a reminder that if you’re betting on this season of The Voice, go with someone from Team J Hud. The word ‘stacked’ comes to mind.
Team Miley’s Brooke Simpson and Team Blake’s Keisha Renee were the next two singers deemed safe, followed by Team J Hud’s Shi’Ann Jones and Team Miley’s Janice Freeman.
Maroon 5 hit the stage next for a performance of “What Lovers Do” from their latest album Red Pill Blues. This band knows how to write an earworm. The performance was followed by an appearance from Elizabeth Banks, who introduced the new music video featuring the Barden Bellas from Pitch Perfect 3 and the Top 12 finalists. It was a fun mash up of “When I’m Gone” and “Freedom,” which made us excited to see the final Pitch Perfect movie and shop at The Gap.
Team Blake was the next group to perform, with Keisha Renee, Chloe Kohanski and Red Marlow hitting the stage with Shelton to perform “If It Will, It Will,” turning the show into a good ole hoedown.
The performance was followed by the announcement that Davon Flemming, Red Marlow and Ashland Craft were all safe, leaving Jon Mero and Adam Cunningham in the bottom two.
Adam Cunningham was the first to sing for the Instant Save, performing Creedance Clearwater Revival‘s “Fortunate Son,” yet another example of a poor song choice. Adam is in the bottom two because of a bad song choice on Monday night and this song choice isn’t helping him survive.
Professional entertainer Jon Mero was up next, performing the Jackson 5‘s “I Want You Back,” yet another example of a bad song choice. Michael Jackson was a child when he sang the lead vocals on this track, which meant he could hit high notes that grown man Jon Mero can’t.
In the end, Adam Cunningham’s classic rock performance was enough to beat out singer and dancer Jon Mero. Ugh, this was painful to watch and it’s only going to get harder.