'The Voice' Recap: Kristen Merlin And Kat Perkins Are Sent Home, Top 3 Move On To Finals
Shakira lost her last artist in the game when Kristen Merlin was sent home from The Voice Tuesday night.
Tessanne Chin Returns To The Voice
The show started with a performance by Rascall Flats, but then Carson Daly went right into the saves of the night. The first artist voted through to the finals: Jake Worthington from Team Blake Shelton – no surprises there. Blake was so happy, he said watching Jake make it to the finals was like watching his own son graduate.
Before the bottom three were announced, The Voice confessions, where Usher revealed that he would be a magician if he weren’t a singer because magicians “get all the girls.” And then The Voice welcomed back previous contestants, supposedly in an effort to make one of their alums somewhat successful in the business. Christina Aguilera’s finalist from last season Jacquie Lee returned to The Voice to perform her new single “Broken Ones.”
Also back from last season are Team Adam’s finalist Will Champlin and Team Adam’s winner Tessanne Chin.
Will Champlin performed his poprock single “Eye of the Pyramid.”
Following Champlin’s return, Carson brought the remaining four contestants onstage and announced who would be going safely to the finale and who would need to perform for the Voice Save. Again, no surprise, Josh Kaufman of Team Usher was declared safe and sent through to the next round.
Left to compete for the #VoiceSave in the bottom three were Team Adam’s Christina Grimmie, Team Shakira’s Kristen Merlin and Team Adam’s Kat Perkins. But before the three women took the stage, returning champ, Tessanne Chin performed her new single “Everything Reminds Me of You,” giving far and away the best performance of the night so far, reminding everyone why she beat out Will Champlin and Jacquie Lee in the first place.
Christina Grimmie Receives The #VoiceSave
Kristen Merlin took the stage first, going with Carrie Underwood’s powerhouse country ballad “Blown Away.” It’s a smart song choice, that’s for sure, and the crowd goes crazy for it. Her performance even earns her a huge hug from Carson. Blake tells her he’s “pulling for her” and commended Kristen’s relationship with her coach, Shakira.
Kat Perkins also went with a Carrie Underwood original, singing “Good Girl.” Kat was clearly hoping to get her third consecutive Voice Save with her rocker chick performance style.
Bringing down the tempo, Christina Grimmie went with a nuanced performance of One Direction’s “Apologize.” Christina was smart, choosing an arrangement that minimized the music, allowing her voice to drive the song. Adam promised the viewers that if they get Christina to the finals, she will win the entire thing, which is awkward considering his other artist, Kat, is also on the chopping block.
Carson reminded viewers to make sure to spell the contestant’s names correctly to get them the #VoiceSave before sending everyone to their phones. Christina Grimmie ended up getting the #VoiceSave, and just like that Kat and Kristen are out of the competition.
Next week, Christina Grimmie will meet Josh Kaufman and Jake Worthington in the Voice finals, starting Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
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