"The strategy days are over," declared Blake Shelton of the current point in the competition. "It's about bringing out the special thing about each of them to bring them to the finale." And after that? THR cover star Gwen Stefani reminded, "They still have to put in the work after the show, this is just a platform."
After Shelton's singers also performed Dream Academy's "Life in a Northern Town," Carson Daly revealed that America saved Reagan James and Craig Wayne Boyd. Shelton then saved Jessie Pitts, eliminating James David Carter and Taylor Brashears.
Williams' five contestants covered Sam Smith's "Money on my Mind" (the fourth Sam Smith song on the show this week!), and Daly noted that Luke Wade and DaNica Shirey collected the most viewer votes. He saved Sugar Joans, sending Elyjuh Rene and Jean Kelley home -- or not, since he advised them not to take the ticket home and to instead hit up Los Angeles record labels and maximize their fresh NBC exposure.
Once Stefani singers joined on Vance Joy's "Riptide," Daly announced that America saved Taylor John Williams and Anita Antoinette. Stefani -- nearly in tears, "I'm nursing still!" -- then saved Ryan Sill, eliminating Bryana Salaz and Ricky Manning.
Following Team Adam's performance of "Am I Wrong" by Nico & Vinz, Damien and Matt McAndrew were deemed safe from elimination. Levine saved Chris Jamison, sending Mia Pfirrmann and Taylor Phelan home.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.