“The Voice” said goodbye to T.J. Wilkins and Dani Moz Tuesday night (April 22) as underdog Tess Boyer was instantly saved to sing another day.
The first night of live eliminations was filled with stellar performances by Team Adam, Team Blake and Shakira — and a number of Usher selfies.
Shakira showed the artists how it’s done when she hit the stage to sing her current hit “Empire,” but it wasn’t long until her “Voice” empire was threatening to collapse. Two of her three singers, Dani Moz and Tess Boyer, along with Usher’s T.J. Wilkins, were in the bottom three and left to have their last chance performances.
But before the pressure was truly on, Levine and his three artists —
Delvin Choice, Kat Perkins and Christina Grimmie — started the night off right with a fun and carefree performance of “Sledgehammer,” and since all three artists put a sledgehammer in the competition and landed a spot in the top 10, we’re thinking it was a fitting song choice.
It must have been good luck for coaches to perform with their teams on elimination night, because all of Team Blake, who hit the stage with Shelton for a guitar heavy performance of “Put Some Drive in Your Country,” landed themselves in the top 10. They joined Team Usher’s Josh Kaufman, Bria Kelly, and Team Shakira’s Kristen Merlin.
For his last chance performance, T.J. Wilkins left his heart on the stage with his performance of “I’ll Be,” and left his coach proud, Usher even “doing [his] part” by tweeting to save his artist. Team Shakira’s Dani Moz sang Adele’s “Turning Tables,” and got high praise from Shelton, while “Voice” underdog Tess Boyer sang her heart out to Kelly Clarkson’s “Dark Side.” After an excruciatingly long commercial break, the Instant Save voting window closed, and Tess Boyer narrowly escaped elimination to land a spot in the top 10.
At the end of the first live week, both Levine and Shelton lead the competition with all three of their artists, while Usher and Shakira fall behind with two artists each.