Left to right: Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton.
Last night, the Season 5 Top 12 performed their songs, and turned the results over the the audience. Tonight, we will see how the voting went, and see what kind of impact a new feature has, the 'Instant Save'. The audience will take to Twitter to vote on who to save out of the bottom three, and the other two will go home. After a strong night of singing, it will be interesting to see how the votes went. At the end of my recap, I listed by Bottom Three to be Kat Robichaud, Austin Jenckes, and Josh Logan, so we shall see if the rest of the audience was hearing the same thing I was. But I must remember that some might already have a fanbase that might not mind a lesser performance.
Clockwise: Team Adam, Team Blake, Team Xtina, and Team Cee Lo.
Before any results are given, there is a performance by Sara Bareilles. She is joined by Tessanne, Kat, Caroline, and Jacquie, the four ladies left in the competition. Sara graciously shares the stage, and the ladies are up to the task. Bareilles performed "Brave", her current single. The song is off her 2013 album, 'The Blessed Unrest'. This is the official music video for "Brave".
After a commercial break, we are greeted by Carson Daly, who talks with the judges about losing control of the show, as the power lays in the hands of the voters. We also kill some time learning some odd facts about the coaches and contestants, before getting on with the results. The first artist saved was Caroline Pennell from Team Cee Lo. Then we learned Matthew Schuler, from Team Xtina, was safe as well. After another break, Cee Lo Green leads his team in song, covering the great song by the B-52s, "Roam".
Right after the song, we learn that Austin Jenckes is safe from Team Blake, a surprise for me. Next we learn that from Team Adam, Tessanne Chin is safe. This is no real surprise, she has been so strong in every performance. Next up, the male contestants take to the stage to sing "We're An American Band", the great song by Grand Funk Railroad.
We go back to the eliminations, and Carson tells us he has three more for us. First we have one from Team Xtina, as Jacquie Lee is safe. It seems American also saved Cole Vosbury from Team Blake. And we learn Will Champin is safe, leaving five artists still in jeopardy. There are two from Team Cee Lo, and one each from Team Xtina, Team Adam, and Team Blake. After yet another commercial break, Team Adam joined their coach on stage to sing "Hard Days Night", the classic Beatles song.
Carson lines up the remaining five contestants, with plans to announce two more than are safe. Ray Boudreaux is safe, as is James Wolpert, making it a clean sweep by both Team Adam and Team Blake. America will have a say, placing the "Instant Vote" for a save. This will be the first time Twitter has been used to save a contestant on a reality competition, to the best of my knowledge. I placed my vote, saying in a tweet "Please Save Jonny #VoiceSave", having to include the first name of the artist you'd like to save, and the hashtag VoiceSave. I would save Jonny, as I had thought the other two belonged in the bottom three. I think Jonny was killed by song selection. After another break, we return to the stage, and Carson announces that it was a tough night, but it was Kat who was saved, and Jonny and Josh who are leaving tonight.