'The Voice' Reveals Top 12 in First-Ever Live Voting Show
By Meredith B. Kile
The Voice narrowed things down on Monday’s live show, trimming two competitors from each coach’s team in the singing competition’s first ever live-voting show.
Fans voted live on Twitter and the Voice app for their favorites, picking two top scorers to move forward from the teams led by each of The Voice’s superstar coaches: Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus and Adam Levine. Each coach was also allowed to choose one competitor to save from the remaining three.
After a jam-packed hour of live performances and split-second voting, here’s who’s left standing in The Voice’s Top 12:
America voted to save Christian Cuevas, who put a soulful spin on the Beatles’ “Yesterday,” and 16-year-old standout Wé McDonald, who belted “Home” from the musical The Wiz. After those two picks were in, Keys chose to save Sa’Rayah, who showcased her vocal strength with a performance of “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James.
Voice fans picked the country crooners from Shelton’s team, selecting Sundance Head, who performed “Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Keith Urban, and Austin Allsup, who sang “I Ain’t Living Long Like This” by Waylon Jennings, to move forward. For his own pick, Shelton went off the beaten path, saving Courtney Harrell, who brought the house down with her cover of “It Must Have Been Love” by Roxette.
Cyrus’ eclectic team yielded several impressive performances, with America ultimately selecting Aaron Gibson, who crooned a raspy, soulful rendition of the Counting Crows’ “Round Here,” and Ali Caldwell, after her emotional cover of Irma Thomas’ “Times Have Changed.” For her save, Cyrus went back to an old favorite, former Disney star Darby Walker, whom Cyrus called her “mini-me” after her performance of “Those Were the Days” by Mary Hopkin.
America is clearly striving to continue the Levine/Shelton rivalry this season, as Voice fans voted through country crooner Josh Gallagher following his performance of “Cold Weather” by the Zac Brown Band. The voters also picked former child star Billy Gilman, who closed out the night by covering “Crying” by Roy Orbison. Levine ultimately chose to save Brendan Fletcher who shined in his performance of “To Love Somebody” by the Bee Gees.
Next week, the remaining competitors will get instruction from The Voice's newest key adviser, country superstar Garth Brooks. Brooks is the latest to join what has already proven to be a star-studded season, with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill serving as key advisers last month and, before that, Bette Midler, Joan Jett, Sammy Hagar and Charlie Puth appearing as team mentors.
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
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