“And you are a heavy-handed pourer when you make those drinks!” Angie laughed. “Everybody’s so nice and backstage in your talent compound, it’s like a little party room. And we shut it down! We were the last people there.”
But the real drama unfolded onstage as a whopping three artists were sent packing. Going into the evening, Usher and Shakira each had only one artist on their team, so odds were that they would be wiped out by the end of the episode.
Luckily, it wasn’t meant to be. Both Team Shakira’s Kristen Merlin and Team Usher’s Josh Kaufman skated on through to the semifinals.
“The one thing I’m happy about, going into the semifinals and the finals, is that Team Shakira and Usher both only had one person and after the top eight sang, you know, one of them could have been blanked out,” Carson said Wednesday morning. “Every coach has a pony in the race.”
The bottom four each sang one last song in hopes of getting spared by the Twitter Instant Save. In the end, Kat Perkins came out on top.
“Kat Perkins,” Producer Angie. “That girl, when it’s time for her to sing for her life, she does it.”
That meant Team Adam Levine’s Delvin Choice and Team Blake Shelton’s Audra McLaughlin and Sisaundra Lewis were cut from the competition. Were you as surprised as we were? Carson dropped a bit of knowledge on us about yesterday’s shocking elimination.
“How about this tidbit for you? All three artists that went home last night on The Voice? All three had four-chair turnarounds in the blinds.”
He also spoke with Lewis after the show, trying to get to the bottom of why she wasn’t able to capture America’s vote.
“Sisaundra Lewis, they have said, had one of the best voices of the show so far this year,” Carson noted.
“We really sort of figured out that because of her age, her fans aren’t as tech-savvy to vote. You know, Christina Grimmie’s 18, 20 years old. Her fans know how to vote ten times per artist per method. So, if you’re an older contestant, your people might just be texting or they might maybe buy the song, but there’s other methods that you have to flood the ballot box with.”
- Is your favorite artist still in the running? The top 5 will take the stage next Monday at 8pm on NBC!
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles