The megastar – and Voice Season 7 special advisor – delivered a fierce performance of her latest hit, “Blank Space,” during the live elimination show, but even she couldn’t overshadow the big question of the evening: Which two artists were going home?
Viewers got their answer at the end of the show, but not before the bottom three artists in the Top 10 performed one final do-or-die song to win this week’s Twitter instant save and the final spot in the Top 8 heading into next week.
The two coaches were the only ones to have three singers on their team this week, but only Levine’s teammates – Damien, Chris Jamison and Matt McAndrew – avoided the bottom three this week, just as they had the week before.
Stefani, meanwhile, saw two of her three artists in the bottom three: Anita Antoinette and Ryan Sill – who was the recipient of the instant save the previous week.
Reagan James of Team Blake Shelton rounded out the bottom three.
James, a 16-year-old Texas native with a Lorde-like precociousness, performed first Tuesday, delivering a husky rendition of “I’m Like a Bird” and earning kudos from her coach not only for the song, but for her season-long chutzpah.
“The fact that you are brave enough to come here and take songs and put your own spin on it absolutely blows me away,” Shelton gushed. “You got a friend in me for life no matter what happens.”
Up next, Jamaica native Antoinette bounced around stage with a big smile while singing “The Remedy” by Jason Mraz, a song choice coach Gwen deemed ideal.
“That lyric was great for you, because I know you do worry and you do care so much,” Stefani said. “You have something really deep inside you: You care so much about music and about life.”
Sill, a wholesome-seeming Virginia native with boy band good looks closed out the bottom three performances, singing “Collide” to audience cheers that Stefani encouraged as she spoke.
“He is so talented. You deserve to be here,” she said. “You voice blows me away. Please, save this guy.”
Stefani asked, and America responded. The Twitterverse ultimately awarded Sill the instant save for the second week in a row. He joins teammate Taylor John Williams to represent Team Gwen in the Top 8.
Levine is now the only coach to have three singers remaining in the competition, while arch-nemesis Shelton is now down to only one artist: country crooner Craig Wayne Boyd.
Team Pharrell Williams – which also avoided the bottom three Tuesday – has two artists heading into next week: Luke Wade and DaNica Shirey, who blew everyone including Clive Davis away the previous evening with her rendition of the Whitney Houston classic “I Have Nothing.”
The Top 8 will perform on Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.