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Tuesday night on The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) now means that it’s time to say goodbye to another singer, which means that the stress levels are at a 10. This week, the Top 11 were cut down to the Top 10, with the bottom two singers being forced to perform for the Instant Save and hopefully live to deliver another cover next week.

Coaches Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton were on hand to plea for their singers and in some cases, make more bad song choices.

“Nobody said it was easy.” That’s a line from Coldplay’s “The Scientist,” which was the overarching theme for Team Adam’s performance of the beautiful ballad. After Jackie Verna, Rayshun Lamarr and Sharane Calister gave incredible performances on Monday night, they put their best foot forward with the Coldplay track, but the song was out of reach for everyone. I’m not saying it was their coach’s fault for choosing the wrong song, but who else should we blame? You’re up, Levine.

Team Alicia, including Britton Buchanan, Christiana Danielle and Jackie Foster showed what happens when you pick a song that is great for every person on stage. Performing The Rolling Stone’s “Gimme Shelter,” Team Alicia had one of the best performances of the season. Alicia put her contestants front and centre, only dropping a few huge notes on her own and mostly acting as a backing vocalist. Now that’s a great coach.

In addition to performances from Team Alicia and Team Adam, Tuesday night’s show also included a performance from Janelle Monae. Did it have anything to do with this season? Nope, but the woman is a kween and definitely worth watching. For three minutes, we don’t have to miss Prince. She’s that amazing.

BOTTOM TWO

This is the part of reality singing competitions that can only be described as sucky. It sucks. It super sucks. Christiana Danielle and Sharane Calister, two of the strongest, most unique voices this season landed in the bottom two. How? We don’t know, but ‘life isn’t fair’ should be the motto of singing competitions.

Sharane performed Beyoncé’s “If I Was A Boy” because she doesn’t fear Queen Bey. It wasn’t her cleanest performance, but having the pressure of being in the bottom two can’t be easy for any singer, let alone one that is still relatively new to singing on live TV. It’s still amazing that she was willing to take on such a big song and not go for a safe performance. Adam said that voting doesn’t reflect talent, it reflects how a group of people are feeling in a specific moment and he’s totally right. If you added up all of Sharane’s performances this season, she would be in the top two, not the bottom.

Christiana went a bit safer with her performance of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years,” delivering one of her only straightforward covers. While the performance didn’t show off Christiana’s impressive arrangement talent, it did show that she is a powerhouse singer, something that can easily be forgotten when the audience is focusing on an exciting cover of a song they love.

It was a decision that was going to result in me being both excited and disappointed at once, with Christiana Danielle earning the save and Sharane Calister being sent home. Ugh. Yay.

STANDINGS FOR TOP 10

TEAM ALICIA

Britton Buchanan

Christiana Danielle – Earned the Instant Save

Jackie Foster

TEAM KELLY

Brynn Cartelli

Kaleb Lee

TEAM ADAM – Sharane Callister eliminated

Jackie Verna

Rayshun Lamarr

TEAM BLAKE

Pryor Baird

Spensha Baker

Kyla Jade

 

Catch every episode of The Voice on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.

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