One artist was eliminated on NBC's The Voice on Tuesday night. After Monday night’s voting and iTunes tallies, the bottom two artists had to sing live for the instant save. Coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine performed with their teams, and Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani will perform next week.
Carson Daly started the night by bringing back the top 12 artists and announcing the first of the results. Viewers voted to save Team Gwen’s Brennley Brown, Team Adam’s Jesse Larson and Team Blake’s Lauren Duski. Brown’s advancement in particular was not a surprise, since her song from Monday night broke into the top 10 on iTunes.
Daly also announced the creation of the Christina Grimmie Foundation, which will help victims of gun violence and breast cancer. A former contestant on The Voice, Grimmie was fatally shot at a concert last year. Levine, her former coach, dedicated his team’s performance of “Hey Jude” to Grimmie, and her family was in the audience.
After G-Eazy took the stage and performed “Good Life” from The Fate of the Furious, and then Team Blake gave a country performance of “Crippled Inside” by John Lennon. It was time to get down to business.
Team Gwen’s Troy Ramey and Team Adam’s Mark Isaiah had to sing for the instant save. Ramey went first, singing “Drift Away.” It was a smooth and soulful performance, but artists should always go with something more upbeat and exciting when singing for the instant save. This felt more like a casual jam session than a performance, and Ramey’s nerves seemed to be getting to him a little bit. Shelton said he has a classic sounding voice and also encouraged Ramey to show more of his personality on the show if he advances to next week. “You’re so easy with the way you sing,” Stefani said, describing him as natural and intuitive.
Isaiah followed with a performance of “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars. And even though it also was on the slower side, it was a strong example of the kind of music that Isaiah sings very well. Given his easy charm, it’s surprising he hasn’t connected with viewers more. Levine thought it was a perfect song choice. “You’re getting better every day,” Levine said, urging viewers to vote Isaiah through so they can see his full potential.
Live votes were cast on Twitter, and Daly announced the results. Isaiah won the instant save and advanced to the top 11, and Ramey went home.