In Tuesday night’s (May 2) live results episode of The Voice, the top 10 artists of season 12 were announced. The bottom two artists sang live for the instant save. To fill the time, Gwen Stefani and Alicia Keys also performed live with their teams.
Carson Daly brought out the top 11 to give the first round of results, which were announced in no particular order. America voted through Team Blake’s Lauren Duski and Team Adam’s Jesse Larson, who surprised with his personal best performance of the season last night.
Team Alicia followed with a soulful performance of “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman,” with Vanessa Ferguson, Stephanie Rice and Keys all playing piano. Keys recently announced she will not be returning to The Voice next season in order to work on a new album.
America also voted to save Chris Blue, who closed out Monday night’s performances with a showstopping number. Team Gwen’s Brennley Brown, the youngest remaining artist in he competition, also advanced to the top 10.
Brown joined Stefani and Hunter Plake onstage for a performance of “Fix You” by Coldplay.
The next artists to advance to the top 10 were Team Blake’s Aliyah Moulden and Team Adam’s Lilli Passero.
Season 10’s winner Alisan Porter debuted her new single “Deep Water,” saying it was an honor to return for another “Voice moment.” Her EP will be released mid-summer.
The five remaining artists were brought to the stage, and Daly announced the final round of results. America saved Team Alicia’s Vanessa Ferguson, Team Gwen’s Hunter Plake and Team Blake’s TSoul. That left Team Adam’s Mark Isaiah and Team Alicia’s Stephanie Rice to sing for the instant save. Isaiah was in this same position last week.
Rice went first, singing “Issues” by Julia Michaels. It was different than anything else she has done on the show, but it was yet another stunning display of her artistry and singer-songwriter vibe. She consistently makes original creative choices, and she’s capable of singing just about anything. “You are a producer, you are a musician, you play multiple instruments, you are a writer, you are exactly what an artist is supposed to be,” Keys said.
Isaiah, singing yet again for the save, followed with a performance of “7 Years” by Lukas Graham. His voice strained and faltered a bit, likely due to nerves. But it was a strong display of the kind of music he hopes to make. His coach was proud of the performance, urging viewers to again give Isaiah another chance.
Isaiah indeed got the save again, and Rice went home despite being one of the most original and multitalented artists in the competition. It was a brutal elimination and the biggest upset of the season so far. What did you think of tonight’s results?
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.