The Voice recap: Is The Twitter Save Cursed?

Kelly Clarkson performs and the top six become the top five
Ep. 23 | Aired Dec 3, 2013

O HOLY (MOLY) NIGHT The top six artists perform a Christmas song medley before one of them gets the Santa boot home.


Now to the dreaded bottom two. James Wolpert and Matthew Schuler are the dregs of the voting barrel. Upsets are to be expected considering how few singers are left and how talented everyone is, but I was genuinely shocked to see two of the most talented singers completely dissed by America. Matthew won the Twitter save last week and I thought that since he has over 20,000 more Twitter followers than James, he was going to be saved again. But no. He's pretty much affirmed an interesting and definitive trend by the social media component thus far: If you are instant saved one week, you're surely going home the following week. This happened with Kat, Caroline, and Matthew. What good is this innovation then, if it only "saves" a singer for at least another week?

Before Carson opened the instant save voting window, he allowed Coach Adam and Coach Christina to spew some last ditch persuasion speeches:
Adam on why you should save James: "This guy is one of the best singers I’ve ever been in a room with."
Christina on why you should save Matthew: Along with reminding us how he hit #1 on iTunes and that he was a four-chair-turner, "I wanna make music together, I wanna bring it back -- those magic moments!"

Here are the rest of the singers remaining (in order of Carson's announcement):

1. Team Christina: Jacquie Lee

2. Team Blake: Cole Vosbury

3. Team Adam: Tessanne Chin

4. Team Adam: Will Champlin

Parting Thoughts:
Did James deserve the instant save? Were you shocked that Matthew went home? I'm also surprised that Cole has made it this far into the semifinals. He was the only singer in the top six who wasn't a powerhouse. And finally, Christina has been making a lot of promises about Matthew lately, implicitly promising us that she has more "Hallelujah"-like song choices in her back skinny jeans pocket. "We’re not done yet," she said during her vote-for-Matthew speech. But subjunctive song choice clearly wasn't enough to save him. Was Matthew's demise simply a case of peaking too early? Sound off in the comments!

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