For The Baltimore Sun
8:08 AM EST, November 20, 2013
What an exciting night for "The Voice."
The results are in, and coach Adam Levine has been awarded People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. But that’s not why we watch. America decided, and the Top 8 contestants were revealed after seven were saved by your votes and the last contestant was saved in the Twitter "InstantSave."
But first…Coach Christina shared the stage with her team, Matthew Schuler and Jacquie Lee, in one of the best performances in The Voice history. Christina, Matthew and Jacquie performed a melody of Janet Jackson’s “Black Cat” and “Scream,” the classic featuring her brother, Michael. Complete with over-the-top lighting and choreography (that only Christina seemed to know), they delivered a performance that not only set the momentum going, but set the bar high for any other coach that performs with their team.
In the first round of saves, after an intense break in between saying “from Team Adam,” we finally saw the first save of the night award go to James Wolpert. (His parents can breathe easy, knowing his decision to leave college wasn’t in vain).
Next was Team Christina’s resident superstar, Matthew Schuler. That secured both Team Adam and Team Christina a spot in next week’s competition.
Then it was time for everyone’s favorite part of Tuesday night, "The Voice" Confessional. This week, coaches, mentors and contestants shared some of their most embarrassing moments.
We learned that coach Adam had his open fly broadcast via jumbo-tron, and his contestant, James Wolpert, used to sing telegrams dressed as a banana. It really can’t be any more embarrassing than that…right?
Well, mentors Ryan Tedder, Miguel and Ed Sheeran all cringed at the times they fell off a stage (I think we can agree Miguel’s American Music Awards incident takes the cake). Ladies Cher and Kat Robichaud both spoke about losing shoes.
But no one was more embarrassed that Team Christina’s Matthew Schuler, who said his most embarrassing moment was last week, when he admitted to wetting the bed until he was 7.
After rockers Kat Robichaud, James Wolpert, and Will Champlin performed the Fall Out Boy hit “Sugar We’re Going Down,” it was time to get back to business.
The next two contestants saved were Team Blake's Ray Boudreaux and Team Adam’s Will Champlin.
Following those saves, it was time for Coach Blake to take the stage with his team. A saved Ray Boudreaux and teammates Cole Vosbury and Austin Jenckes joined Blake to perform ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man.”, giving a reason for Blake’s lack of flannel.
Next to be saved were Tessanne Chin from Team Adam and Team Christina’s Jacquie Lee. Both coaches have something to celebrate, with full teams going into next week’s competition. Coaches Blake and CeeLo, on the other hand, both face elimination.
In the final performance of the night, Team CeeLo’s Caroline Pennell and Team Adam’s Tessanne Chin performed a stellar rendition of Lorde’s hit, “Royals.”
After Team Blake’s Cole Vosbury secured the seventh spot in the competition via the traditional save, Team CeeLo’s Kat Robichaud and Caroline Pennell and Team Blake’s Austin Jenckes all faced elimination. An upset CeeLo faced the reality that he could be out of the competition if twitter decides against his girls, while Blake realized that he could lose one of his top contenders.
The RTs and hashtags came in Team CeeLo’s Caroline Pennell earned the final spot in next week’s top 8, sending Austin Jencks and Kat Robichaud home.
American has spoken, and the top 8 have been revealed. Every vote counts, in getting your favorite to move on to the following week. And with the Twitter instant save, you still have a chance to save your favorites, even if they are facing elimination. If you don’t have Twitter, #YouShouldGetOne.
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