Going from 12 singers to 11 on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) means that we’ve once again entered the portion of the show where we have to watch hopeful contestants be tortured on live television by drawn out results. People sign up for this when they audition for The Voice, but actually watching it take place on live television is a painful exercise each and every season.
For Tuesday night, the results show featured a handful of filler performances with some better than others, including two team performances from coaches Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson. Adam Levine performed with his band Maroon 5, while Alicia Keys got the night off.
From uncomfortable live interviews between host Carson Daly and the nervous contestants and drawn out thank yous at the end of the show that were needed to run out the clock, here’s what went down on Tuesday night.
Team Kelly had three very different singers with D.R. King, Brynn Cartelli and Kaleb Lee, who together took on The Bleachers’ high energy track “Don’t Take The Money.” So, how do you pick a song that works for everyone? Go with pop and hope they can all keep up. Each singer had moments that showed off their voices and moments that were too much of a reach, but one thing that was consistent throughout the performance was Kelly Clarkson, the professional superstar. Clarkson gave her team moments to shine, while also swooping in to perform the notes that no one else on her team, or really in the music industry, could hit. Yeah, there’s a reason she won that other show.
Team Blake’s final three, including Kyla Jade, Pyror Baird and Spensha Baird, looked like a professional band that’s been touring together for years. Unlike Team Kelly, it was Coach Blake who seemed to be the odd man out on the song choice. If none of the members of Team Blake win The Voice, they should really think about forming a band. Corporate gigs, weddings, cruise ships; it could all work.
Following the drawn-out show that included two group performances, a performance from the cast of Rise, and an interview between the contestants and a five-year-old that was cute, but not that cute (the interview, not the kid; kids are adorable) it was finally time for the bottom two singers to perform for the dreaded instant save. From Team Kelly it was D.R. King, who smartly chose to go with “Papa Was A Rolling Stone,” a song that everyone knows and that D.R. can, and did, nail.
Since life and singing competitions aren’t fair, D.R. was facing off against Team Adam’s Rayshun Lamarr, with both men easily two of the season’s best performers and strongest vocalists.
Rayshun continued his reign of spot-on song choices, performing Tina Turner’s massive hit “I Can’t Stand The Rain.” It didn’t have quite the energy of his performance on Monday night, but Monday night also landed Rayshun in the bottom two, so taking it down a notch may have been a deliberate move.
Coach Kelly fought as hard as she could and even played the birthday card, but in the end, the Instant Save went to Rayshun Lamarr. While both singers are talented, Rayshun was an easier sell, with his positivity exuding over D.R.’s more reserved personality. I won’t say who I thought should be going home instead, but it definitely wasn’t either D.R. or Rayshun.
STANDINGS FOR TOP 11
TEAM KELLY (D.R. King eliminated)