One hour. That’s how long two eliminations take on 'The Voice', apparently. And so we have it with tonight’s results episode, which will send those two receiving the least votes after last night’s performance episode home tonight. There’s no guarantee that each team will have participants at the end, so theoretically two people from the same team could depart tonight. That’s a smart move, since it doesn’t unnecessarily penalize singers on a strong team from cannibalizing each here from this point on.
 
Last night, I predicted that Adriana Louise and Michaela Paige would be those two. But that’s far from a safe prediction. All that we can know for sure is that Carson Daly…will take lengthy pauses….before announcing…those dismissed. On tap tonight is also a performance from Christina Aguilera, making her the second coach in two weeks to perform on the show. It seems safe to assume CeeLo Green and Blake Shelton will partake in that trend soon enough.
 
For now, let’s get to tonight’s running diary as we get to the final ten contestants for this cycle.

 

8:00 p.m. Green is mysteriously absent from the chairs as the episode starts. Maybe Abu Nazir kidnapped him?
 
8:01 p.m. Monday Recap Time! You know what happened. I know what happened. Let’s not live in the past, people.
 
8:02 p.m. Daly announces that iTunes downloads count alongside votes from now until the end of the show. I always like that twist. It makes fans literally put their money where their mouths are, and feels like more of a statement of fandom than a simple vote.
 
8:03 p.m. Oh Lord, Xtina is in full Lady Marmalade mode, y’all. She’s here along with Green to perform her single, “Make The World Move”. Where can I buy Green’s Staff Of Power? Is he about to fight a Balrog? That’s a pimp stick by way of Middle Earth, and it’s awesome. In terms of Aguilera’s past singles, this one falls squarely in the middle. It’s not as epochal as “Beautiful”, and not as horrific as “Dirty”.
 
8:06 p.m. Thirty seconds after “Make The World Move” has ended, I’ve already forgotten anything about it. That’s not a good sign.
 
8:12 p.m. “Let’s chat with our coaches,” says Daly. Oh joy! You would think at this point that a Q&A involving softball questions from Carson wouldn’t be a trainwreck. And yet, coaches seem surprised by the questions, talk over each other, and seem distracted by the slightest noise coming from the crowd. To top it off, it seems like Aguilera will be looking like Maria Antoinette all night long.
 
8:14 p.m. Now we get a confessional montage, in which the contestants discuss how much “The Voice” have already changed their lives. Cody says he has fanbases including “Belews Crew” and “Cody’s Cougars”, the latter of which I’m proud to say I’m a founding member. Terry McDermott demonstrated what a true mullet looks like, and it’s kind of hysterical. Also funny is Melanie Martinez’s encounter with an elder female fan. Where’s THAT humor been all season from her?
 
8:16 p.m. It’s time to reveal the first two safe from elimination tonight. But first: MORE Q&A. Good grief. I find myself longing for a group number. That’s how dire things are. Carson draws things out even more egregiously than last week by announcing the team roughly 30 seconds before announcing the name. These poor contestants could sue for emotional distress from this deployment of information. In any case, we learn that both Bryan Keith and Sylvia Yacoub are safe from elimination. (I wonder if interviewing a contestant is a signal they will be saved, sort of like how Grammy Award winners tend to perform right before they get a trophy. After all, Daly asked Yacoub about her performance before announcing her name alongside Keith’s.)
 
8:22 p.m. It’s performance time, as Dez Duron and Bryan Keith accompany Jason Aldean to perform “The Only Way I Know.” They don’t appear until well into the song, right after what sounds like some weird technical difficulties coming from the song mix. There’s little in the way of chemistry between the three, but that’s fine. This was all about putting Aldean in front of “The Voice”’s audience instead of the contestants themselves. That’s how these shows roll at this stage of the game.
 
8:27 p.m. It’s back to elimination time, with everyone gathered back onstage to learn who will be saved next. Those two are Nicholas David and Dez Duron. Given how poorly David performed last night, I’m slightly surprised. His overall output justifies that save, but it’s hard to gauge how much one performance can hurt someone at this phase of the competition.
 
8:29 p.m. No one from Team Blake has been named yet. I also wonder if the show is trying to sell the possibility of Amanda Brown or Trevin Hunte being eliminated in order to boost ratings over the last half-hour.
 
8:33 p.m. Christina Milian’s Power Hour, people! She’s in the Social Media Theatre Of Pain alongside Aldean, Yacoub, Duron, and Keith. While they talk, Blake Shelton’s tweets about Xtina’s new album scroll below them onscreen. I feel like I’ve wronged somebody and this is my punishment.
 
8:35 p.m. Now this is more like it! Team CeeLo, including their coach, appears to performing “Staying Alive”. Hunte in an Afro wig is my new favorite thing of 2012. He looks positively giddy. Duron’s falsetto shouldn’t work alongside David’s deeper voice, but it’s a fun contrast all the same. Seriously, why did we have to wait 35 minutes for this? Now I want them to perform the entire soundtrack.
 
8:38 p.m. Oh God, Hunte and Belew have to find out if they’ve been eliminated while wearing those outfits? That seems like cruel and unusual punishment. In any case, the next two contestants saved are Trevin Hunte and Cassadee Pope. Wow. Green’s reaction to Hunte getting saved was priceless, turning from tear-filled elation to profanity-filled support for Belew. McDermott and Brown are now the two most surprising contestants still remaining on the chopping block.
 
8:45 p.m. After the commercial break, it’s time for a Team Blake team performance, with Shelton’s team joining him to perform Tom Cochrane’s “Life Is A Highway”. I can’t imagine McDermott and Paige can be feeling terribly good right now, but to their credit, you’d never know it. Mathematically, both can still make it through. But somehow I doubt it at this point.
 
8:49 p.m. OK, you know the drill: It’s time for another elimination. The next two safe for another week are Terry McDermott and Amanda Brown. I’m still delightfully shocked that a classic rock singer is succeeding in this competition. And with that, there go my two remaining surprises. I’m not surprised by the last four still in danger, although I’m surprised that it lines up with what I predicted. This won’t happen too often. I’m not particularly happy about it, because two people are about to have their hopes crushed after this last commercial break.  
 
8:55 p.m. No more filler. Just one more elimination. Daly interviews Belew and Martinez, which either tipped the results or was designed as a fake out. (Poor Belew tries to make a joke at Xtina’s expense, which goes over like a lead balloon.) Turns out it was a tip-off, as the final two saved are Cody Belew and Melanie Martinez.
 
8:57 p.m. That means, unfortunately, Michaela Paige and Adriana Louise have been eliminated. Those goes for pop-rock went for Pope, and I wonder how America would have voted for De’Borah were she still in the show right now instead of Louise.
 
8:58 p.m. Everyone from Team CeeLo and Team Adam made it through tonight, with Team Xtina and Team Blake each getting one cut.
 
8:59 p.m. Both Louise and Paige get to have some goodbyes for both their coaches and America, giving each a very sweet send-off at the end of their journey.
 
Did American make the right decision? Who is your current favorite to win this season? Sound off below!