The Voice recap: Saved By a Tweet

Two of the Top 12 head home; Carson Daly fires up the first-ever Twitter-driven "instant save"
Ep. 17 | Aired Nov 12, 2013

THESE ARE PRESCRIPTION Coach Christina Aguilera tries on Coach Cee Lo Green's cyborg glasses for size.


TEAM TESTOSTERONE: All eight male singers (Ray, Austin, Cole, Will, James, Matthew, Jonny, and Josh)
The song: "We're an American Band" by Grand Funk Railroad
The performance: This was the best performance of the night. Now, they might have had an advantage because they're all male singers with a sturdy grasp of the lower register, but this was so enjoyable to watch and listen to. I couldn't decide who sounded the best -- Matthew's opening verse set them up nicely, then Austin's powerful vocals shined through, but so did James and even Ray - all the guys sounded great as one resounding, muscular voice. It was also adorable to see a very "What a Girl Wants" era-looking Xtina clapping along.
Voting results: Immediately after such a celebratory and chummy performance, it's back to hand-holding and sadface time. Carson announces that Jacquie Lee, Cole Vosbury, and Will Champlin have been saved.

TEAM ADAM: Tessanne Chin, Will Champlin, and James Wolpert
The song: "A Hard Day's Night" by The Beatles
The performance: This was the best performance to showcase individual talents. As a group, not so great, but Adam picked a perfect song to give each singer a moment to shine. It also doesn't hurt that he has the most eclectic mix of singers, so each of their voices stood out in the best possible way. I'm convinced Tessanne could sing a Geico commercial and it would sound heavenly. After Tuesday night, I want her to cover the entire Beatles' catalog -- she sang this tune in such an inventive way, staying true to the simple melody, but adding runs sparingly made all the difference. James' voice is made for Beatles songs; he kept pulling out this rock trill that sounded so pleasing. And Adam on the drums while singing the opening verse was awesome to watch; he has this great lost-puppy concentration face.
Voting results: Quick, clear the decks and your temporarily high serotonin levels, it's mourning time again! Ray and James are saved.

The bottom three singers are Kat, Jonny, and Josh. Before Carson signals for those watching live to fire up their tweets, he checks in with the coaches. "I'm a little pissed, honestly, man," said Cee Lo, who has 2/3 of his team on the chopping block. At 9:53 p.m ET, Carson's "cue" is to say "This is it, America." And of course, #VoiceSave is instantly trending on Twitter. As a logistical issue, I was wondering why NBC didn't just have everyone watch the official @NBCTheVoice account and just retweet their tweets, because they had already set up individual vote tweets for Kat, Jonny, and Josh.

Secondly, why weren't we provided with any figures? Or at least a chintzy countdown screen behind the singers, for us to watch? Coach Blake thought Jonny was going to be saved according to his glance at Twitter, and according to the number of retweets on the @NBCTheVoice account, it looked to go in Jonny's favor, too. But I was shocked that Jonny actually came in last. They really brought this results show down to the wire. It was 10:01 p.m. ET before we knew who was moving on, and we couldn't even catch our breaths when it was announced that Kat was Twitter-saved, because Chicago Fire had to start its broadcast. And how fast were those credits rolling! Poor assistant #5 will never get his due...

I can't imagine what that must've been like for Josh and Kat, to have their fates decided with such a buildup and then have such a cruelly short blip of an announcement. The final shot we get is of Kat and James Wolpert hugging.

What did you guys think of Tuesday's eliminations? Did Jonny and Josh deserve to go home? Did you tweet for Kat? Also, any west coast fans peeved about the instant save process? Did it totally spoil your viewing experience?

Sound off in the comments!

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