‘The Voice’ Recap: Top 8 Announced, Rob Taylor Is Sent Home Too Soon
Team Adam’s Joshua Davis and Deanna Johnson were both in jeopardy, and Team Christina lost a valuable contestant on Tuesday night’s Live Top 10 Results show of The Voice.
Top 10 Results
Before we said goodbye to two of the Top 10 contestants, Pharrell Williams joined his Team, Sawyer Fredericks and Koryn Hawthorne to perform “I Don’t Wanna Be.”
Following the performance, Carson Daly invited all Top 10 artists to the stage and announced the first two artists saved by America’s votes: Koryn Hawthorne (Team Pharrell) and Corey Kent White (Team Blake).
As announced on Tuesday, former Voice coaches will be returning to the show next week: Usher is coming back to help out Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani will work with her Coach BFF Pharrell and Christina Aguilera, who helped out Gwen as an advisor last season on The Voice (proving once again that two women can work together on The Voice!). Finally, Blake Shelton is bringing back early Voice coach Cee Lo Green, who left the show after the first few seasons.
No surprise, the next artist declared safe was Team Pharrell’s Sawyer Fredericks, followed by Team Xtina’s India Carney. After a performance from Reba, Carson announced the final saves: Team Blake’s Meghan Linsey and Team Xtina’s Kimberly Nichole.
Before the bottom three were announced, Team Adam performed “The Joker.”
Rob Taylor, Joshua Davis, Deanna Johnson In The Bottom Three
The last artist declared safe was Team Blake’s Hannah Kirby, leaving Rob Taylor, Joshua Davis and Deanna Johnson in the bottom three. Both Pharrell and Christina were clearly shocked at Rob’s spot in the bottom three, and Christina offered her contestant some nice words, saying, “Honestly, this is a guy that…he’s such an amazing, important part of this competition. Every time he gets up on that stage, he proves a different side of himself….I’m shocked at this, but I know that Rob is a super star.”
Rob Taylor had the unfortunate task of performing first for the Instant Save – a spot that could be seen as a disadvantage considering how long viewers have to wait before they can vote to save. Rob put his heart and soul into a rendition of “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay.”
“It’s always enough. Rob is just – he’s beyond. He’s such a special talent, and we’ve seen that this is a guy that sings from his heart and his soul. And, he has the biggest heart. If anyone deserves to be here, it’s Rob. …He’s just so remarkably talented…Give this guy his dream!” Christina gushed after his performance.
Deanna Johnson, who performed Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain” last week to earn the Instant Save, sang “Help Me Make It Through the Night.” Deanna’s unique tone never fails to impress, but it seemed obvious that she was out of second chances on The Voice.
Joshua Davis was up last, performing “I Won’t Back Down” with his guitar. Joshua has always had an enchanting voice, but the performance didn’t really show us anything we haven’t seen before from him.
“This guy, he works so hard. I feel a specially kinship with this dude, I think he’s incredible. And, I think that this guy, and Rob and Deanna, are amazing,” Adam said.
Joshua Davis Saved
Carson opened up the Twitter flood gates, calling on viewers to commence tweeting to #VoiceSaveRob, #VoiceSaveJoshua or #VoiceSaveDeanna to save one contestant and move them forward into the Top 8. Joshua Davis must have done something right with “I Won’t Back Down.” The sweet singer was saved by America and Rob Taylor and Deanna Johnson were sent home.
The Voice Top 8
Here’s how the Top 8 stand going into the next round of live performances:
Team Adam: Joshua Davis
Team Blake: Meghan Linsey, Corey Kent White, Hannah Kirby
Team Pharrell: Koryn Hawthorne, Sawyer Fredericks
Team Christina: Kimberly Nichole, India Carney
The Voice Top 8 will perform live Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC.