‘The Voice’ Recap: A Team Xtina Frontrunner Is Sent Home, Craig Wayne Boyd Returns
Avery Wilson, Jacquie Lee, Vicci Martinez and Craig Wayne Boyd returned to The Voice stage, as both Team Xtina’s Kimberly Nichole and India Carney found themselves in the bottom two on The Voice Top 6 Elimination Show.
Jacquie Lee Returns To The Voice
Former Team Christina finalist Jacquie Lee too the stage for the first performance of the night, singing “Tears Fall,” written by Sia.
It’s that time in the competition when the fans singers have wracked up over the past month eclipses vocal ability, and no matter what deserving artists will go home. The first artist to be declared safe was Team Pharrell’s Sawyer Fredericks, who has been riding through the competition as a coach favorite, despite his sometimes unmoving performances.
Avery Wilson Debuts New Single On The Voice
The next Voice alum to return was former Team Cee Lo star Avery Wilson, who brought the power of Clive Davis with him – the mega producer compared Avery to Whitney Houston. Avery essentially stole the show on The Voice with the world debut of his single, “If I Have To.”
After the departure of two Team Blake members, Hannah Kirby and Corey Kent White, it’s no surprise that the only Team Blake member left, Meghan Linsey, was ushered through to the Top 5.
Vicci Martinez Returns To The Voice
Following Meghan’s save, season 1 contestant, Vicci Martinez (Team Cee Lo) returned to The Voice. Vicci returned with a brand new look and a killer alternative pop track. Coach Cee Lo would definitely approve.
Craig Wayne Boyd Performs “I’m Still Here”
After Team Pharrell’s Koryn Hawthorne was announced safe, last season’s Team Blake champion, Craig Wayne Boyd returned (still rocking his Gwen Stefani makeover) to perform an inspirational country track, “I’m Still Here,” written during his time on The Voice.
India Carney And Kimberly Nichole Sing For The Instant Save
Finally, Carson Daly announced that Team Adam’s Joshua Davis was through to the Top 5, leaving Team Christina’s Kimberly Nichole and India Carney in the bottom two. Kimberly has been on the fast track to win the entire competition since the start of the live rounds, so it was a shock to see her singing for her life against fellow Team Xtina’s India, who earned the Voice Instant Save last week.
India Carney took the stage first, singing Pink’s “Perfect.” India’s chill-inducing performance was strong, and showed off her technical skills (despite the somewhat strange arrangement of the track). “I have just gained so much respect and love for you throughout the competition… You’re a force to be reckoned with,” Christina told her.
Kimberly Nichole offered up something completely different for her Instant Save bid, performing The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” Kimberly has always been a strong and captivating performer, with her rocker-diva attitude, it’s impossible not to enjoy a performance from her. This, however, was not her best, as the song lacked a certain climax. Still, it was a great performance, and Pharrell stood up and said that Jack White would be proud. “You’ve electrified every single audience, you’ve brought them to their feet…every single performance, it’s just been an incredible experience to watch you,” Christina said.
India Carney Saved, Kimberly Nichole Eliminated
Carson opened the Instant Save, and when they returned from commercial, just a minute left, Carson told the viewers that producers were telling him the votes were 50/50, and he needed them to keep Tweeting. “Either way you slice it tonight, I’m going to be happy and I’m going to be heartbroken,” Christina said while waiting for the last few tweets to come in.
In the end, India Carney won the Instant Save, and The Voice had to say goodbye to Kimberly Nichole.
Now down to the Top 5, India Carney, Koryn Hawthorne, Joshua Davis, Sawyer Fredericks and Meghan Linsey will perform again for America’s votes on The Voice, Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC.