Four singers compete for the final spot in the Top 5 heading into next week's semi-finals

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Updated December 03, 2014 09:55 AM
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Were any teams completely wiped out of the competition? Will the Top 5 feature only male singers? Did Taylor John Williams really describe his style as “Amish hipster?”

These questions and many more were answered on The Voice Tuesday night during an action-packed live elimination show that featured half of the Top 8 at risk of going home.

Just one week before the semifinals begin, host Carson Daly revealed the four artists who would automatically advance.

That elite list ultimately included Matt McAndrew and Damien of Team Adam Levine, Team Gwen Stefani‘s Taylor John Williams – who most certainly did call his fashion sense “Amish hipster” during a pre-taped segment of the show – and Team Blake Shelton‘s sole remaining artist, Craig Wayne Boyd.

That left the other four singers at risk of elimination: Team Gwen’s Ryan Sill (who earned the Twitter instant save for the past two weeks), Chris Jamison (marking the first time a Team Adam member ended up in the bottom in the past several weeks) and both members of Team Pharrell Williams – DaNica Shirey and Luke Wade.

In typical Voice elimination show fashion, those four singers then had to perform one more song to woo the Twitterverse into granting them the instant save and the final spot in the Top 5.

DaNica Shirey, the sole remaining female contestant, performed first and under pressure managed to belt out a masterful rendition of “I’d Rather Go Blind” that had both her coach and Shelton on their feet.

“Everyone back home … just saw that, they heard that, and I’m definitely clear that they felt that. I’m just asking America to go with your heart, go with what you just felt,” enthused coach Williams. “You have a super-bright future, you deserve to be here and I’m going to be involved.”

Wade, Pharrell’s other teammate, performed next, and looked like an old-school crooner in a suit jacket while delivering a breezy version of “Stand by Me” that his coach praised similarly to Shirey.

“I loved it. It’s the toughest thing, but again, America saw you, they heard you and everyone here, you guys felt that,” he said as the crowd cheered. “Both of you guys are amazing, and again we have so much to do, young man, and the music inside you everyone deserves to hear.”

Performing third, Twitter save expert Sill proved why he’s earned America’s vote two weeks running when he batted his puppy dog eyes and delivered a dreamy version of Bryan Adams’s “Heaven” that had coach and perpetual supporter Stefani beaming.

“The reason you keep getting saved is you’re so good at singing!” she gushed. “That was so effortless and relaxed. Every time you get up there you get better. It’s amazing!”

Jamison, a triplet and campus mailman, closed out the do-or-die performances with a cool version of “Georgia on My Mind” that had coach Levine pumped up.

“The way he approaches singing … he’s an absolute monster,” said Levine. “He wasn’t in the top 4, but Chris Jamison is in the Top 5.”

It was big talk from the veteran coach, but his prognostication proved correct: Jamison indeed earned the Twitter instant save and the final spot in the Top 5 for next week’s all-male semifinals.

Jamison’s save means Levine will have three singers representing his team next week – and Team Pharrell has been eliminated from the competition.

The Voice‘s live semifinal performances kick off Monday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. ET.