'The Voice' reveals semifinals results, determines final four finalists
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/02/2012
The Voice determined its four second-season finale finalists during Tuesday night's live results show broadcast on NBC.
Juliet Simms, a singer from Tampa, FL; Tony Lucca, a singer from Waterford, MI; Jermaine Paul, a singer from Harriman, NY; and Chris Mann, a singer from Wichita, KS, advanced to the competition's final performance show.
Simms, Lucca, Paul, and Mann -- members of the teams led by The Voice coaches Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Christina Aguilera respectively -- moved on to the finals after host Carson Daly revealed they had been selected based on the combination of the percentage of The Voice coaches' scores they had received during Tuesday night's results show and the percentage of home viewer votes that were cast following Monday night's performance show.
The results eliminated Jamar Rogers, a singer from Bronx, NY, and left "Team Cee Lo" with Simms; while Lucca's advancement marked the end of the road for "Team Adam" member Katrina Parker, a singer from Holly Ridge, NC. Paul won out over Erin Willett, a singer from Gaithersburg, MD, who was on "Team Blake;" while Mann beat out fellow "Team Christina" member Lindsey Pavao, a singer from Macteca, CA.
Following the eight finalists' performances Monday night, Carson asked the coaches to cast their secret ballots, in which the team leaders were required to divide 100 points any way they desired between their two remaining team members, giving the singer with the most points a potentially huge edge to become the final member of their coach's squad. Carson also announced the percentage of home viewer votes cast would carry equal weight to the coaches' scores.
Simms received 60 out of 100 possible points from Green, while Rogers earned 40. Simms then received 61% percent of the "Team Cee Lo" home viewer votes in comparison to Rogers' 39% percent, which allowed Simms to advance in the competition after she received 121 out of 200 total possible points against Rogers' 79 total points.
"I never thought I would make it this far and thank you," Rogers briefly noted after he was eliminated from the competition.
Although Lucca earned fewer home viewer votes than Parker, he advanced after receiving 108 total points to Parker's 92 points. Lucca received 60 points from Levine and 48% percent of the "Team Adam" home viewer votes, while Parker earned only 40 points from her coach but racked in 52% percent of the votes.
"God, just thank you to Adam for believing in me. Thank you to the other coaches for your generous words and thank you to everyone who works on the show. You love us, you care for us, and it means so much. It's been a great experience, thank you," Parker said following her ouster.
Shelton gave his team members Paul and Willett an even 50 points a piece, so Paul's victory solely came down to the "Team Blake" home viewer votes. Paul received 73% percent of the votes for 123 total points, while Willett only earned 27% percent of the votes for 77 total points.
"I was raised by a beautiful mother and father and I've just always been told to be myself no matter what. I'm so -- I never thought that I would be this far in this competition and I never knew the road that was ahead of me when I started it. So I'm so thankful for this and Blake and everyone who is a part of this show -- the contestants, everyone back stage. It's incredible. The show is life-changing," Willett explained when asked where her strength comes from.
Mann advanced after she earned 50 points from Aguilera and 54% percent of the "Team Christina" home viewer votes, while Pavao also received 50 points from her coach but accumulated only 46% percent of the home viewer votes. Mann received 104 total points and Pavao managed to earn a close 96 total points.
"Thank you Christina for everything. You made my dreams come true here and thank you to America. It's been wonderful, and to the show The Voice, the Mann... everyone that makes this beautiful, amazing magic happen. Thank you," Pavao said in tears following the announcement of her elimination.
Now that each coach's team is narrowed to a single contestant, the four remaining singers will compete directly against each other on The Voice's May 7 final performance show and viewers will vote to crown one of them "The Voice" -- winning the singer a recording contract with Universal Music Group -- on the show's May 8 second-season finale broadcast.