‘The Voice’ Recap: Sawyer Fredericks Is First Voted Into The Live Finals, Koryn Hawthorne And India Carney Fight For #VoiceSave
Sawyer Fredericks, Joshua Davis and Meghan Linsey were voted into the finals, leaving Koryn Hawthorne and India Carney to battle for the last spot in the Top 4 on The Voice.
The Voice Recap: India Carney Eliminated
Following Sawyer’s two performances from Monday night – his take on both “For What It’s Worth” and “A Thousand Years” are in the Top 10 songs on iTunes – it came as no surprise when Carson Daly announced the teenager was the first one through to the finals.
Pharrell Williams and Snoop Dogg took the stage for a brief interlude, debuting Snoop’s new track, “California Roll” – yes, it is about exactly what you think it’s about. It’s a bit odd seeing Pharrell sing about getting a medical marijuana card in California on The Voice, but Christina Aguilera was digging it.
The Top 5 split up into boys and girls to perform on Tuesday. Koryn, Meghan and India joined forces to perform Journey’s “Faithfully.”
Boys Sawyer and Joshua created a folksy power duo to perform Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away.”
Following Sawyer’s save, Team Blake’s Meghan Linsey was ushered through into the live finals, as was Team Adam’s Joshua Davis. Team Xtina’s India Carney and Team Pharrell’s Koryn Hawthorne were left in the bottom two to fight for the last Instant Save of the season. Both Koryn and India are incredible belters, and they have both had great runs this season – it’s somewhat of a shock to see the two women in the bottom two. Koryn’s star has continued to rise throughout the competition, and both she and India have given audiences varied performances, which normally results in increased voting excitement (as opposed to, say, Joshua Davis, who is consistent, but not very exciting).
India was up first, giving an emotional performance of “Dark Side” by Kelly Clarkson. “India is always enough,” Christina said after Carson asked if her performance would be enough to push her through to the finale. “No matter what happens, I am with you, I am behind you, I am a fan of India Carney,” Christina added.
Koryn was up next, taking on “If I Were A Boy” by Beyoncé. Koryn attacked the performance – her first to fight for the Instant Save – and Pharrell echoed Christina by telling Koryn she was “always enough.”
It seems Pharrell’s speech – essentially saying, ‘vote for Koryn if you have ever had a dream’ – worked, and Koryn won the #VoiceSave.
With India sent home, Team Xtina – arguably the most well rounded team going into the live shows – will not be represented in the finals this season. Moving into the finals are Joshua Davis (Team Adam), Meghan Linsey (Team Blake), Sawyer Fredericks (Team Pharrell) and Koryn Hawthorne (Team Pharrell).
Sawyer Fredericks remains the front runner going into the finals, but it’s possible Meghan Linsey and Koryn Hawthorne could come back and take it right out from under him. The Top 4 will perform for votes on The Voice Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
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