'The Voice' determines remaining Top 8 finalists, all finalists perform
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/22/2011
The Voice determined its remaining Top 8 finalists during Tuesday night's broadcast of the NBC singing competition.
Vicci Martinez, a soul and blues singer from Seattle, WA; Nakia, a blues singer from Austin, TX; Javier Colon, a pop and soul singer from Stratford, CT; and Casey Weston, a country singer from Naples, FL, advanced to the competition's semifinals round.
Vicci and Javier -- members of the teams led by The Voice coaches Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine respectively -- automatically advanced after host Carson Daly revealed they had received the most home viewer votes of anyone on their team following last week's performance show, while Nakia and Casey were selected after their coaches picked them from their three remaining team members.
The results left "Team Cee Lo" comprised of Vicci and Nakia and eliminated Curtis Grimes, a country singer from Gilmer, TX; and Tori and Taylor Thompson, a country duo from Santa Maria, CA, from The Voice. Similarly, Javier and Casey's "Team Adam" advancement marked the end of the competition for Jeff Jenkins, a pop country singer from Freeport, TX; and Devon Barley, a pop singer from Mattapoisett, MA.
After the remaining finalists were revealed last night, all eight singers took to the stage and performed during the show's semifinals round.
Joining Vicci, Nakia, Javier, and Casey were the other four finalists who were determined last week: Xenia, a jazz and R&B singer from Temecula, CA; Dia Frampton, an indie singer from St. George, UT; Beverly McClellan, a pop singer from Gate City, VA; and former disqualified American Idol finalist Frenchie Davis, an R&B singer from Washington, DC.
Dia and Beverly -- members of the teams led by The Voice coaches Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera respectively -- advanced after they had received the most home viewer votes of anyone on their team two weeks ago. Xenia joined "Team Blake" after Blake saved her instead of Patrick Thomas or Jared Blake, while Christina opted to have Frenchie on her "Team Christina" team over Raquel Castro or Lily Elise.
Following the eight finalists' performances, Carson asked the coaches to cast their secret ballots, in which the team leaders were required to divide 100 points any way they desired amongst their two remaining team members, giving the singer with the most points an edge to become the final member of their coach's squad.
The identities of The Voice's Top 4 finalists will be revealed during Wednesday night's live results show based on the combination of the percentage of The Voice coaches' scores they had received during last night's performance show and the percentage of home viewer votes that were cast afterwards.
Once each coach's team is narrowed to a single contestant, the four remaining singers will compete directly against each other on The Voice's June 28 broadcast and viewers will vote to crown one of them "The Voice" -- winning the singer $100,000 and a recording contract with Universal Music Group -- on the show's June 29 finale broadcast.