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Tuesday night’s elimination on The Voice (Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV TWO and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV) was an hour of tense tummy-ache moments as contestants representing all four coaches, including Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, John Legend and Adam Levine, stood on stage while waiting to have their fate announced. It was like The Hunger Games, except with less death and better outfits. Going into the show with six singers, Team Blake continued to dominate, losing only one performer and earning the final spot in the three-person sing-off with rapper Kim Cherry. As for Team Adam, the coach put in the effort to redeem himself after Season 15’s blunder, but it wasn’t enough to keep his contestants alive.

After eliminating Team Blake’s Oliv Blu (okay), Team Legend’s Celia Babini (yup), and Team Kelly’s Jej Vinsoon (that one hurt), it was Team Blake’s rapper/singer Kim Cherry, Team Adam’s comeback kid LB Crew and actual kid Mari battling for the eighth and final spot. The favourite going into the performance, Kim kicked things off with En Vogue’s “My Lovin’ (Never Gonna Get It),” which featured no rapping and was her weakest performance to date.

Pop and indie singer Mari followed with Disclosure’s “Latch,” which was her strongest performance to date. Mari made it through the season with a voice that isn’t as strong as the top contestants, but the young singer had a stage presence, likability and realism that viewers easily gravitated towards. So the question becomes, do you vote for the singer with the best performance of the night or the one who has been the most consistent through the competition?

If we’re going for best of the night, it should have been Mari. If we’re going for most consistent, that would be LB Crew, who also had his weakest performance with Khalid’s “Better.” It felt as though LB knew his time had come to an end and instead of focusing on winning, he performed for the pure joy of it. That’s not a bad way to go out.

Kim’s place in the semi-finals brings up an interesting point. While we completely appreciate that Kim and her rapping and singing and now sax playing represent something we’ve never seen on The Voice, we can’t picture what an album by Kim Cherry would sound like. Mari and LB Crew? We have an idea. The other seven finalists in the competition? Lots of country, but yeah, we can envision it. We know we like Kim and she’s a great entertainer and performer, but we still don’t know who she is as an artist.

As for Adam, kudos to him for his politically correct and evenly distributed praise for his two remaining singers. It looked like we were going to have another DeAndre Nico and Reagan Strange situation, but thankfully Adam equally doled out the love when asking fans to vote for both LB and Mari. We did not want to live through that again.

 

TOP 8 FINALISTS

TEAM LEGEND

Maelyn Jarmon

Shawn Sounds

TEAM KELLY

Rod Stokes

TEAM BLAKE

Kim Cherry

Dexter Roberts

Carter Lloyd Horne

Gyth Rigdon

Andrew Sevener

 

Watch The Voice Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV TWO and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. Catch up with new episodes online the day after broadcast.