It was a night of celebration and heartbreak, and Carson Daly, the host of NBC’s The Voice didn’t waste any time in getting to the task of cutting the Top 13 down to 11 following the November 19 live performances.
But before the eliminations began, Reagan Strange from Team Adam, was announced as the most streamed artist of the night and that automatically put her through to next week. But while the remaining contestants were awaiting to hear their fate, you could see the whispered prayers coming from their lips.
The first 10 artists to continue on in the competition were as follows:
TEAM ADAM: Reagan Strange, DeAndre Nico
TEAM BLAKE: Kirk Jay, Chris Kroeze, Dave Fenley
TEAM JENNIFER: Kennedy Holmes, MaKenzie Thomas
TEAM KELLY: Chevel Shepherd, Kymberli Joye, Sarah Grace
But it wasn’t just about the competition. There was also some actual entertainment in the show.
Coach Adam Levine and the remaining contestants from his team—Reagan Strange, DeAndre Nico, and Tyke James gave a compelling performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” that was hauntingly like the original arrangement.
Coach Kelly Clarkson’s all-female line-up of Chevel Shepherd, Kymberli Joye, Lynnea Moorer, and Sarah Grace had the goosebump moment of the night. Singing the Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston classic, “I Will Always Love You,” the young women effortlessly swapped verses and lines creating an incredibly ethereal rendition.
Afterward, Carson came out to announce the three artists with the lowest scores, while the smoke from Team Kelly’s performance still lingered on the stage. In the lightest moment of the night, he joked, “Feels like Snoop Dogg was here earlier, maybe,” referring to the rap singer-songwriter penchant for smoking marijuana.
Finally, the three artists performing for the final spot on the show were announced: Tyke James, SandyRedd, and Lynnea Moorer.
Team J-Hud’s SandyRedd went first with her intense and gutsy version of Imagine Dragon’s “Believer.” Following the performance, Jennifer told her, “You are a star, you’re going to shine regardless.” She also told the singer and mother of two, “It doesn’t matter how long you are here, it’s about what you take and do with your opportunity, and you just lived in that moment. As long as you stay true to who you are, I think you’re such a star.”
Next up from Team Adam was Hawaii’s Tyke James ironically singing Michael Buble’s “Home.” After Tyke finished, Adam told the viewers, “This is exactly why you’ve got to make sure that this guy stays. Because the more obvious thing to do would be to have an aggressive song about how you’re not going nowhere, but he’s super sad, he thinks he deserves to be here, like I do, and I want you guys to reward something different and quirky and not of the norm, because I think this dude is special.” He added, “Honestly, if you want this show to stay interesting, then you’ve got to keep Tyke James on it.”
Lynnea Moorer from Team Kelly was the last artist to vie for the coveted final spot on season 15 of The Voice. Following her performance of Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You,” the young woman was teary-eyed as Kelly pleaded with the audience, “Here’s the thing, I told Lynnea she had a lot going against her today because she’s the latecomer, she’s the comeback kid, so she hasn’t had weeks of building that fanbase like all these other kids have. But my point is, she is so worth the save. Next week, we have something so special planned, and I cannot wait for y’all to hear it, so please give her a shot.”
Viewers were given five minutes to cast their votes via Twitter. As the final votes were being tallied, Jennifer had sound advice for all three of the contestants. “It doesn’t matter what happens right here, it’s up to you to make it work,” she said. “As long as you still have your talent, your gift, your passion, you can always make it, so don’t let nobody tell you different, and don’t let this be the end for any of you guys.”
Adam addressed his contestant specifically and said he was puzzled that Tyke was in the bottom three. He told the audience, “Tyke was one of the top performers on iTunes of everybody who performed last night on ‘The Voice.’ And to be top three with music and to be bottom three on the show just doesn’t match up. And I beg and urge you guys to let this guy go through because we have so much more to do.”
An emotional Kelly repeated her pitch for team member Lynnea. She told the audience, “Like I said before, she had the uphill battle because she was the comeback kid that had never done that, she doesn’t have as much of a fanbase as everybody. She knew that going in and she still fought like crazy. And I think you have to have that in you, innately, to even survive after this show in the music industry.” Kelly then paused as her emotions got the best of her. “How do y’all not cry,” she said to her fellow coaches. “What’s wrong with me? Why does no one else here cry? I always look like the person that cries all the time, but it’s fine.”
And as tension mounted, it was announced that America saved Team Kelly’s Lynnea Moorer.
Next week, the Top 11 compete live again.