The other crucial voting that's been keeping Americans up at night happened Monday, with just 12 of the 20 contestants on The Voice moving forward to wail another day. It was a historic day for the show, ushering in its first ever real-time voting through the Voice App and through Twitter so fans could pick who on the teams of Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus would not be going home to numb their loss with ice cream or liquor or both. Here's how it shook out.
Eliminated: Josh Halverson and Kylie Rothfield
Saved: Christian Ceuvas, Wé McDonald, Sa'Rayah
Sadly, Josh Halverson's solid rendition of Sam Cooke's ballad "Cupid" — nor his magnificent hat — were enough to keep him in the game; likewise, Kylie Rothfield's "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" didn't get her no spot either. Both were eliminated.
Christian Ceuvas' stirring rendition of The Beatles "Yesterday," made him a no-brainer; he not only sounded great but was supremely into his performance as evidenced by his ugly "this is from my soul" facial grimaces. Wé McDonald's so-so rendition of "Home" from The Wiz kept her alive. When it came time for Alicia to choose — which went on forever as she stalled — she chose Sa'Rayah whose "I'd Rather Go Blind" showed her looking in command up until her last, bring-the-house-down note.
Eliminated: Jason Warrior, Dana Harper
Saved: Sundance Head, Austin Allsup, Courtney Harrell
Sundance Head's crisp, sharp and heart-warming pipes nailed "Blue Ain't Your Color"; both he and the immensely talented Austin Allsup, who sounded pretty close to perfect "I Ain't Living Long Like This," were chosen by fans. Blake saved Courtney Harrell, one of the season's major contenders who nonetheless got off to a slow start with "Must Have Been Love."
That sent home Jason Warrior, who performed a near miracle with "One Dance" (a terrible choice considering that this Drake jam is so current, so lovable because of its beat and so ownable by its original performer). Also finding an Uber back to the crib was Dana Harper, whose lovely Roberta Flack-styled "Maneater" wasn't enough to keep her around.
Eliminated: Belle Jewel, Sophia Urista
Saved: Aaron Gibson, Ali Caldwell, Darby Walker
Ali Caldwell's knockout cover of "Times Have Changed" showcased her powerful pipes and brought all coaches to their feet. Though Aaron Gibson's "Round Here" was good, it was just as remarkable as that guy at that coffee shop near you that has that acoustic night once a week but nonetheless, fans kept him on.
If anyone of this team "deserved" to leave it was Belle Jewel, whose "Runaway" sounded kind of lazy and pitchy — like Lana Del Ray with a sinus infection. And if there was anyone who was robbed tonight, it was Sophia Urista, whose turn of "Do You Think I'm Sexy" in that sequin jumpsuit was pure rock star. Darby Walker, in her Orange is the New Black hippie getup, sounded her usual, lovably Florence Welch self singing "Those Were the Days."
Eliminated: Riley Elmore, Simone Gundy
Saved: Billy Gilman, Brendan Fletcher, Josh Gallagher
If Billy Gilman hadn't been saved for his roof-raising, hair-on-your-arm tingling version of "Crying," there would be riots in the streets. Both Josh and Brendan did serviceable renditions of their respective songs but the big news here is the upset: Riley Elmore, the fantastic 16-year-old reincarnation of Old Blue Eyes, was sent packing despite his great "Luck Be a Lady" turn. It was also sad to watch Simone Gundy leave as she slayed her stripped-down version of "Diamonds"so well you forgot some lady named Rihanna sang it first.
The Voice returns Monday Nov. 14 at 8/7c on NBC.