On Tuesday’s elimination episode of “The Voice,” the finalists were revealed for the teams. Coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green, and Blake Shelton each had 100 points to divide between their two finalists. Those points would be added to the percentage of America’s vote each finalist received, meaning that the vote and the coach had about equal influence on the finalists.
Amidst the sad exits, though, we were privy to performances from last year’s finalists. Blake’s contestant, Dia Frampton, was joined by Kid Cudi to perform her new single, “Don’t Kick The Chair.” Vicci Martinez sang with her coach, Cee-Lo, for her song “Come Along.” The legendary Cyndi Lauper sang “Money Changes Everything” with Beverly McClellan, Christina Aguilera’s contestant from Season 1. Finally, Javier Colon sang his cover of “A Drop in the Ocean” by Ron Pope.
So who was eliminated?
Team Christina: Lindsey Pavao is eliminated, Chris Mann is the finalist.
Christina split up her scores at an even 50/50 split. “I’ve had to make a lot of decisions along the way thus far, and there’s a reason why I ended up with these two,” she said, noting that it was too hard to compare them, so she went with an equal playing field. When Lindsay was eliminated, she immediately became emotional.
“Thank you Christina for everything. You’ve made my dreams come true here, and thank you to America, it’s been wonderful,” she says, also thanking the team behind the show and “everyone that makes this beautiful amazing magic happen, thank you.”
Team Adam: Katrina Parker is eliminated, Tony Lucca is the finalist.
“I look at this as a victory,” Levine says. “The two of you can do whatever you want. Everyone knows who you are. You win.” He ended up giving Tony 60 points, because he felt there was a stronger connection with Tony, but not because he felt that Katrina was less talented. “My love for you, Katrina, started and moved slowly, and now I’m at the point where I love you the most,” he said. Ultimately, though, it was Adam’s vote that pushed Tony to the win, because Katrina had a higher audience vote.
“Thank you to Adam, for believing in me. Thank you to the other coaches for your generous words. Thank you to everyone who works on the show… it’s been a great experience, thank you,” she says.
Team Blake: Erin Willett is eliminated, Jermaine Paul is the finalist.
Today is Erin Willett’s birthday, so this was a particularly tough elimination. Blake gave each of his contestants 50 points. “There’s not an ego standing up there on that stage besides Carson,” he joked. “You’re looking at two really good people who are trying so hard. I don’t want to be a part of this decision making process anymore. It’s up to America now.” When America’s score was added, Erin had 77 points, and Jermaine had 123.
“I was raised by a beautiful mother and father, and I’ve always been told to be myself no matter what. I never thought that I would be this far in this competition,” Erin says. “So I’m so thankful for this and Blake and everyone who is a part of this show.” Before she took the stage, she took a final moment to bond with Blake: “Let’s get drunk!”
Team Cee-Lo: Jamar Rogers is eliminated, Juliet Simms is the finalist.
“I have two of arguably the best contestants on this show,” Cee-Lo says. He gave Jamar 30 points and Juliet 70 points. “I judged last night’s performances,” he says by way of explanation. “I wanted to be honest, critical, and fair. I could’ve did the 50/50 thing because you guys are incomparable… the performance last night, Juliet’s performance last night, was so obviously beautiful and striking and strong.” With America’s vote, Juliet Simms won.
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