The Voice 9 Results: Top 10 Revealed After Bottom 2 ‘Instant Save’ – 11/24/2015
Welcome to the live blog and recap for The Voice 9 Top 11 Results! One act will be going home tonight, as coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani face the pressure of potentially losing an act! And that pressure is even worse for our remaining eleven artists.
Last night’s Top 11 Live Performance Show was a solid, if unspectacular, night of performances: some contestants owned the stage (Amy, Jordan, Jeffery, Madi, Barrett) while others had a bit of a rough night (Braiden, Korin, Zach). The iTunes rankings for this week don’t really offer much in the way of insight as to which act will be going home: Amy and Jordan charted in the Top 10, but the rest of the rankings were all over the place, with Emily and Madi landing in the Top 15, Jeffery and Barrett scoring in the Top 30, and the rest of the acts being spread out across the Top 100. So it’s kind of rough predicting who the Bottom 2 will be.
But what do our readers think?
Rickey.org readers predict that it will be the end of the road for Team Gwen’s Braiden Sunshine, with 31.23% predicting him to go home. Predicted to join him in the Bottom 2, in a bit of a surprise, is Braiden’s Team Gwen teammate, Jeffery Austin, who landed 27.87% of the vote. However, with the result coming down to The Voice Instant Save, it’s quite possible America would save Braiden in the sing-off, considering he’s a pretty popular guy on social media (boasting 14,000 followers vs. Jeffery’s 7,429). It should be an interesting show either way. But it’s not too late to vote in the poll, so head on over and add your predictions!
Keep it locked right here, as I’ll be updating with commentary, results, and videos as soon as they become available!
Let’s get this show on the road!
-So we open with Brad Paisley performing his new single, “Country Nation”, and it’s a pretty catchy tune. Granted, I can’t say I’m all that familiar with his music, but I actually enjoyed this quite a bit. Brad is a talented guy, and he’s got a great sense of humor about himself, judging by his Color Me Badd mashup performance on Kimmel. Good on Brad tonight.
RESULTS, PT. 1
-So we get the artists out onstage as Carson Daly reveals the first results of the night…
The first artist through to the Top 10 is…AMY VACHAL!
The second artist through to the Top 10 is…BRAIDEN SUNSHINE!
So, just like that, the readers are wrong on who’s getting eliminated tonight. Still, I don’t fault them for their prediction. Braiden seemed like a sure bet to at least land in the Bottom 2. Ultimately, I enjoyed how the results played out a bit differently this time. Normally, the show tends to just get the obvious results out of the way. This time, while they did immediately announce the person with the biggest iTunes sales first, they announced an unexpected save second.
RESULTS, PT. 2
-So we return from break with Carson asking the coaches about artistry and the usual comments, before asking Jordan what last night’s performance meant to him. Jordan is articulate when he goes into why “Who You Are” was such an emotional song, but I worry he isn’t the next to be saved, since Carson made a point of talking to him right now. The result…
The third artist through to the Top 10 is…ZACH SEABAUGH!
The fourth artist through to the Top 10 is…JORDAN SMITH!
Well, now I have no idea who’s landing in the Bottom 2. I guess it’ll be Korin vs. Shelby? All I know is that I’m loving the randomness of the results order tonight. Not only did someone Carson interviewed get saved right after the interview, Carson is just announcing random names left and right, X Factor style, irrespective of where they probably landed in the voting. I mean, Barrett and Emily finished higher than Zach on iTunes, and while that isn’t the only way to vote for someone, it tends to be a great indicator of where support rests.
TEAM GWEN PERFORMS!
-Gwen, Jeffery, Braiden and Korin sing “You Get What You Give” by New Radicals, and I think it says a lot that Gwen is easily the worst singer of the four. Granted, her job isn’t to be a great singer, it’s to be a good coach. I guess we can debate to what extent she is or isn’t, but that can come later. For now, I enjoyed this performance. The whole team looked like they were having fun, although why they decided to unload a season finale amount of confetti on the stage is beyond me. The colorful, excessive lights were more than enough.
-We then get a touching video of all the contestants and their family members having Thanksgiving together, complete with a Secret Santa segment. It’s endearing and helps us see a bit more of these contestants’ personalities, particularly Jeffery. They all then sing “Lean On Me” together, as Jordan notes that he’s grown to lean on these people for support. Very cute.
RESULTS, PT. 3
-Carson asks Evan what he’s learned as an artist from Pharrell, and he says he’s learned to connect to music with his heart, and show his emotions to people. Trust me, it was far more eloquent than I’m doing justice to right now.
The fifth artist through to the Top 10 is…MADI DAVIS!
The sixth artist through to the Top 10 is…EMILY ANN ROBERTS!
Nothing surprising here. I’m actually stoked about Emily Ann Roberts moving on though. She’s really grown on me in the past few weeks.
TEAM ADAM LEVINE PERFORMS!
-Adam and his team sing “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by The Beach Boys, and considering the level of talent involved, this was pretty damn disappointing. Adam looked like he’d rather be anywhere else in the universe. I like each and every person on that stage right now, but this did absolutely nothing for me.
RESULTS, PT. 4
-Carson talks to Jeffery, who talks about how important this show has been to him, and how he doesn’t want to go back to his normal job after this. Hell, I wouldn’t either. Carson starts to read the results and declares the next person saved is from Team Adam, only for the camera to pan to Team Gwen. Since Shelby is the only member of Team Adam left, it was clear he made a mistake, and all of Team Gwen realized it before Carson did. He’s getting infected with Olly Murs syndrome! Adam gives Carson a hearty boo for getting his artist’s hopes up. Onto the results…
The seventh artist through to the Top 10 is…JEFFERY AUSTIN!
The eighth artist through to the Top 10 is…BARRETT BABER!
The ninth and final artist through to the Top 10 is…SHELBY BROWN!
EVAN MCKEEL and KORIN BUKOWSKI are the Bottom 2!
Shelby is relieved, and Carson goes out of his way to apologize to Adam real quick before the break, although he really ought to be apologizing to Shelby. But I guess it’s all good since she’s safe anyway.
BOTTOM 2 SING-OFF
-Evan McKeel kicks things off by singing “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. WHY DOESN’T HE SING LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME?! I swear, these Bottom 2 sing-offs have generally shown that the contestants have a better ear for what songs they should be singing than their coaches. I liked this a lot, from how he worked the stage to how he just dug into the vocal with a raw passion that’s rarely been seen from him since his blind audition. Blake praises Evan by letting him know that performance was as good as anyone’s in the competition, so he hopes that Evan doesn’t let this bring him down. Pharrell, meanwhile, says the coolest part of his job is getting to work with people like Evan.
-Korin Bukowski is up next with “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5. Once again, Korin delivers a better performance in her sing-off than on performance night. She’s like America’s version of X Factor UK’s Katie Waissel, a frequent Bottom 2 performer who really brought it when the chips were down. Korin strains a bit towards the end of the song, although I think part of it is the emotions getting to her. I think Evan will probably be saved, but I wouldn’t be mad if Korin survived again. I still think she’s got loads of untapped potential. If only there was a theme week in which the other coaches could pick a song for another coaches’ acts for one week. Anyway, Adam is genuinely moved that Korin picked his song, and pleads for America to save her, as Korin notes that the song is one of her favorites, adding that it encapsulates her adolescence. Gwen is perplexed that Korin is here again, and thinks America should save her. “I just think you should be here still. Vote for her, please!” Gwen declares. And I think America just might.
-As we head to break, Korin has a commanding lead in the vote with 55% to Evan’s 45%, perhaps due to the amount of Twitter followers she has: 14,000 vs. Evan’s 7,883. This is kind of my problem with the Instant Save, but hey, it can only save you for so long. Congratulations to Korin on a second save though. I mean, let’s be real, Evan isn’t turning this around in the next three minutes.
-Back from break, as each of the artists thank their coaches for helping them grow as artists. Evan’s statement is downright beautiful, honestly, and one of the most eloquent things I’ve heard on this show, as he thanks Pharrell for helping him realize the type of artist he wants to be. I wish I could do it justice in recap form. Onto Korin, who feels she was destined to be with Gwen, and thanks her for everything. Pharrell tells Evan that no man can stand in the way of what is his, so if this is his last night on the show, it’s not the end, it’s only the beginning of the rest of his life. Gwen tells Korin that she agrees that they were destined to be together, and she feels what they have is magic, adding how trippy it was to see her singing “Just A Girl” in a home video. Gwen is happy to be here with Korin, no matter what happens. Onto the result…
America has instantly saved…KORIN BUKOWSKI!
EVAN MCKEEL is eliminated from THE VOICE 9!
I love Evan and Korin’s little handshake. Still, she seems both relieved to be advancing, but devastated to be losing Evan. I’ll miss him, but he’s another one of those artists who never really lived up to his early potential. I suppose you could make the same argument for Korin (likely MORE so for Korin), but I get why she was saved. I think she has an innate likability and underdog quality that makes people want to root for her. Ultimately, Evan is a great singer, but this just wasn’t his time, I guess. This is now two acts Pharrell has lost back-to-back.
Anyway, Carson signs off and lets us know that SIA will be on the show next week! Super excited.
What did you think of tonight’s result? Did the right act go home? Sound off in the comments!
Until next week, thanks for reading and hanging out!