Tuesday night’s elimination episode of The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) was the toughest cut yet, with the final eight being parred down to the final four. The three singers with the highest votes automatically made it through to next week’s finale, which included Spensha Baker (surprising), Brynn Cartelli (not surprised) and Kyla Jade (pleasantly surprised). As for the fourth and final spot, the decision was made by instant save and went to 18-year-old pop rock singer Britton Buchanan.
Tuesday’s results meant that Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Alicia Keys all still have singers in the finale, with Adam Levine’s energetic ray of sunshine Rayshun LaMarr sadly not making it through. We’re really going to miss his performances. With LaMarr out of the running, it also left Coach Adam open for a move that we’re dubbing as controversial at best. At worst, he may get punched by Kelly and Blake once the cameras stop rolling.
Following the instant save performances, Adam announced that he was throwing his support behind Team Alicia’s Britton Buchanan and asked for voters to place their bets on the teen singer. Maybe this was because both Kelly and Blake already had singers in the finale, or maybe he simply felt that Britton had the best instant save performance, but also, is this allowed? We can’t see Kelly and Blake being very happy about Adam’s announcement, especially once it was revealed that Britton was the final performer to make it to the top four. Should he and his mustache have sat silently or are we going full politics now on with The Voice? One thing is for sure, if both Adam and Blake return for Season 15, the already annoying taunting is going to get even worse. Le sigh.
Adam’s pledge of allegiance to Team Alicia wasn’t the only surprise of the evening. The three singers who got the chance to perform for the instant save also caught us off guard. We thought that Pyror Baird and Britton Buchanan would automatically go through to the finals, with both singers giving strong performances all year. As for Kaleb Lee, he too has been a strong performer, but has failed to stand out, making his inclusion in the instant save trio a welcome surprise. He seems like a nice dude. Good for him.
Now onto the performances.
Pryor Baird – Team Blake
Pryor seemed like a guarantee for the finale, with the veteran performer constantly finishing well and earning one of the only four chair turns during the blinds. The singer went back to his classic rock roots and performed “Soulshine” by The Allman Brothers for his instant save performance and left it all out on the stage. Possibly too much. Singing the entire song at an 11 out of 10, Pryor put everything he had into the performance, but that meant there were no levels, no rises and no falls to his vocals, which is something he does so well. It was all really high and really intense and was the first time the singer showed his nerves. It was also his first time in the bottom, which is likely not a coincidence.
Kaleb Lee – Team Kelly
Yes, yes, yes Kaleb. This cowboy has been paying attention during the past 13 seasons of The Voice and picked a song that both suits his voice and is recognizable by a wide audience. Performing Lynyrd Skynryd’s “Simple Man,” Kaleb lacked some of the emotion of his previous performances, but showed range that we hadn’t seen yet this season. It wasn’t enough to get him through to the finale, but it was enough to help him go out on top.
Britton Buchanan – Team Alicia – Advancing to Final
Going into the instant saves we really thought Pryor had it in the bag, but after the first line of Britton’s cover of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own,” it was clear that little Matt Damon was in it to win it. The nerves he displayed during Monday’s performance were gone and were replaced by his most raw, emotional and pitch perfect performance of the season. If there was ever a time to give viewers goosebumps, it was during Tuesday night’s instant save and Britton timed it perfectly. Good job, kid.
STANDINGS FOR THE FINAL FOUR
Kyla Jade – Team Blake
Spensha Baker – Team Blake
Brynn Cartelli – Team Kelly
Britton Buchanan – Team Alicia
Catch episodes of The Voice every Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.