Here are the logistics of the episode: Each team performed as a group, before stepping onto the chopping block. While viewer votes meant a guaranteed spot in the top 12 for two of the five contenders on each team, the coaches got to save a third.
Blake Shelton’s five kicked off the show with The Edgar Winter Group’s “Free Ride,” before Carson Daly announced that Austin Jenckes and Cole Vosbury were safe. When faced with the bottom three, Ray Boudreaux, Shelbie Z and Nic Hawk, Shelton chose to save the artist he would “have the most success with.”
In a surprise move, he didn’t go with powerhouse vocalist Shelbie Z, despite winning the previous two seasons with female country artists. Instead, Shelton picked Ray, 22, the young father and Lafayette native who wowed everyone with “Home” earlier in the week.
CeeLo Green’s singers were up next with Supertramps’ “Give a Little Bit.” Caroline Pennell and Jonny Gray both earned enough votes to make it through to the next round, leaving Kat Robichaud, Amber Nicole and Tamara Shaunlece in danger of going home.
Green calls the women “all equally comparable,” ultimately choosing wild child rocker Kat as his save, following her touching and powerful rendition of “You Keep Me Warm” at her first live show earlier in the week.
Christina Aguilera’s team rocked out to Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody,” before Carson Daly announced that Jacquie Lee and Matthew Schuler were both safe.
Aguilera hemmed and hawed before making her final decision, even promising to keep in touch with her contestants via email after the show. In the end, she chose to save Josh Logan, who took a risk singing Cee Lo and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” for the live shows.
With Josh on the team, Xtina had to say goodbye to Stephanie Anne Johnson and Olivia Henken.
Adam Levine’s gang sang Capital Cities’ “Safe and Sound,” leading up to the final cuts. Voters picked James Wolpert and Tessanne Chin, while Adam rescued Will Champlin, son of Chicago’s Bill Champlin.
For Grey and Preston Pohl, thought to be a power contender, it was the end of the road.