“The Voice” season seven saw its field of hopefuls decrease by nearly half as the top 20 became the top 12 during the Nov. 12 results show on NBC. So which talented vocalists advanced safely in the competition via either the public vote or a coach’s save and which saw their journeys end?
The episode opened as host Carson Daly greeted the live and TV audience to explain the night’s format. He then quickly introduced the team representing country music super star Blake Shelton –Reagan James, Jessie Pitts, John David Carter, Craig Wayne Boyd, and Taylor Brashears– who joined forces to perform “Life in a Northern Town.”
Carson then turned to each mentor for a quick chat. Blake said that he didn’t have a specific strategy moving forward, and Pharrell Williams said that he was pleased to see the contestants put forth great performances. Gwen Stefani confessed that she was nervous about her upcoming judge’s save, but was pleased to have given the “very lucky” hopefuls a “platform” for their music and the opportunity to learn more about their respective crafts. Adam Levine, finally, said it “never gets any easier” to choose his team members, and said he’d make his coach’s save choice “in the moment.”
After a quick recap of the Team Blake action from the Nov. 10 performance show, Carson called the five forward to hear their results. The first contestants to join the top 12 by virtue of America’s vote was 15-year old Reagan, whose hands flew to her face as her name was called. Moments later, Craig also advanced. Before choosing between the three remaining hopefuls facing him, Blake called having to cut two of them his “best and worst moment.” After telling them that he was picking not the best artist but the best fit for the stage, Blake opted to save Jessie. The decision sealed the elimination of former front runner John David Carter and throwback vocalist Taylor Brashears, and leaves just a single country singer –Craig– in the mix.
Up next to face the fire were the members of Team Pharrell –Luke Wade, Jean Kelley, DaNica Shirey, Elyjuh Rene, and Sugar Joans– who hit “The Voice” stage to perform Sam Smith’s “Money on My Mind.” Following a look back at their Nov. 11 live performances, the five joined Carson on stage for the elimination. After revealing that America had saved Luke and DaNica, Carson turned to Pharrell to ask him to name his coach’s pick. Before making his choice, Pharrell praised them for maximizing their chances on the show, and told them all to keep striving to reach their musical goals. Then after a pause and with little ado, he opted to save Sugar over Jean and Elyjuh.
With six of the top 12 contestants named, the five members of Team Gwen –Bryana Salaz, Ryan Sill, Ricky Manning, Taylor John Williams, and Anita Antoinette– were up next to hear their results. After presenting an iteration of “Riptide” and viewing a recap of their Nov. 11 performances, they joined Carson on stage for the moment of truth. Taylor and Anita were named to the top 12, leaving Gwen to choose her last finalist from the three remaining hopefuls. Gwen, who visibly struggled with the big decision, thanked the trio for their contributions to her life before choosing Ryan to round out her team.
Less than 10 minutes remained in the broadcast as the members of Team Adam –Mia Pfirrman, Matt McAndrew, Damien, Taylor Phelan, and Chris Jamison– took to the stage to perform “Am I Wrong.” After a quick review of their Nov. 11 offerings, Carson revealed that America had voted to save Damien and Matt. Adam called the decision “extremely difficult” and told all five of them not not take his choice personally and then selected Chris to complete the top 12.
To see the newly minted top 12 perform again for America’s votes, tune in to “The Voice” season seven when it resumes Nov. 17. The top 12 results show will follow on Nov. 13. For news and information, follow the show’s official Twitter account.