Tonight was a double-elimination night on The Voice, with two artists from season 11’s top 10 going home in a live results show. Coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys were all hoping to keep their teams intact going into the semifinals.
The show kicked off with a duet from Dolly Parton and Jennifer Nettles and the top 10 artists. After some more filler from Jane Lynch, who hosted a quick singing game between the coaches, the first of the results came in. America voted to save Team Adam’s Brendan Fletcher and Team Blake’s Sundance Head.
After a commercial break, Carson Daly brought the remaining artists back out onto the stage to announce the next of the results. First, he checked in with Team Alicia’s Christian Cuevas to ask what last night’s performance meant to him. “It brought me back to the Blind Audition,” Cuevas said, adding that he showed the heart he has in his emotional performance last night. Sure enough, Cuevas advanced to the semifinals. He was joined by Team Miley’s Ali Caldwell, who closed out last night’s performances with a showstopper.
At this point, all four coaches had one artist through to the semifinals. As the next of the results came in, Daly announced that America voted to save Team Adam’s country-turned-pop singer Billy Gilman, who brought his music career full circle last night by singing a Martina McBride song. Also though to the semifinals was Team Alicia’s Wé McDonald, the youngest artist left in the competition. With McDonald through, Keys’ team remained intact.
Cyrus took the stage with Parton next for a stellar duet of “Jolene.” Their performance marked the highlight of the night.
Next, Daly announced the last artist to automatically advance to the semifinals: Team Adam’s Josh Gallagher. Levine’s team remained intact, and the remaining three artists all performed for the evening’s instant save.
Team Blake’s Austin Allsup was up first, singing “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton. His performance last night was overall stronger, but Allsup delivered a strong, gritty vocal tonight. “I always root for you,” Levine said, admitting that Allsup won his heart over time.
Team Blake’s Courtney Harrell followed with a performance of “Bless The Broken Road” by The Rascal Flats. It was fun to see Harrell do a straight country song, and she crushed it. Harrell can sing just about anything, and she’s still Shelton’s most exciting artist.
Team Miley’s Aaron Gibson closed out the night with one of his signature understated performances, singing “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” Levine said it was Gibson’s best performance on the show thus far. He added that he thought Gibson should be the one to advance to the semifinals. Cyrus couldn’t hold back the tears, giving an impassioned speech on the behalf of Gibson. “Thank you for having me be your coach,” she said.
With the votes in, Gibson was instantly saved for the third week in a row. Harrell and Allsup, both from Team Blake, went home.
Season 11’s semifinals go down next week. What did you think of tonight’s double-elimination?
This article originally appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.