‘The Voice’ Recap: Live Playoffs Top 12 – DaNica Shirey, Reagan James Move Forward
Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams were forced to say goodbye to two team members each on The Voice results show, narrowing down this season’s Top 12.
Team Blake Results
Team Blake proved themselves as country as ever, opening the show with “Life In A Northern Town.”
Team Blake were also the first contestants to learn their fate. Reagan James was quickly ushered through to the Top 12, as was Craig Wayne Boyd, the country rocker who has already gotten the axe twice, and been saved twice. In the bottom three: Jessie Pitts, James David Carter and Taylor Brashears. “This decision isn’t based on who I think is the best artist. It’s solely based on who I think can thrive in this environment, here on The Voice,” Blake said, visibly anxious.
Blake chose to save Jessie, making ex-coach Gwen incredibly happy.
Team Pharrell Results
After saying goodbye to James David and Taylor, Team Pharrell lightened up the mood with a performance of “Money on My Mind.”
Following their performance, Carson Daly announced that America voted to save early frontrunners Luke Wade and DaNica Shirey, leaving Elyjuh René, Jean Kelley and Sugar Joans up for elimination. Pharrell had tears in his eyes when he gave his bottom three a pep talk, encouraging them to go out to record labels and capitalize on this opportunity instead of seeing being booted as a failure. Eventually, though, he had to save one person, and he chose Sugar, sending Elyjuh and Jean home.
Team Gwen Results
Team Gwen was up next, performing “Riptide” before finding out who was voted through to the Top 12.
After Tuesday night’s performances, viewers voted to save Taylor John Williams, causing his grandmother to break down into happy tears in the audience. The second artist saved was reggae beauty, Anita Antoinette, leaving Ricky Manning, Bryana Salaz and Ryan Sill facing elimination.
Gwen cried as she said her goodbyes, stalling for time. “This is terrible, but I love all of you guys, and I just have to go with all the energy I’m feeling and I’m just gonna have to save Ryan,” Gwen said.
Team Adam Results
After Gwen said her tearful goodbyes to Bryana and Ricky, Team Adam gave the last performance of the night, singing “Am I Wrong.”
TSA Agent and ballad belter, Damien was the first member of Team Adam saved, followed by Matt McAndrew, leaving Mia Pfirrman, Chris Jamison and Taylor Phelan on the chopping block. Adam was rushed, with only 20 seconds to make his decision and say his goodbyes, and went with his gut, saving Chris.
The Voice Top 12:
Team Adam: Chris Jamison, Damien, Matt McAndrew
Team Gwen: Anita Antoinette, Ryan Sill, Taylor John Williams
Team Pharrell: DaNica Shirey, Luke Wade, Sugar Joans
Team Blake: Craig Wayne Boyd, Jessie Pitts, Reagan James
The Top 12 will perform live Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NBC, and The Voice is bringing back the Instant Save – when viewers watching live can tweet in to save an artist.