NBC's "The Voice" has officially narrowed down its Top 48 to the Top 10. On Tuesday night, the singing competition revealed which nine Season 12 singers had been voted through by America and which one was the recipient of the Twitter Instant Save. It wasn't a surprising night at all, but it did illustrate some important facts about the season so far. Here's what we learned from Tuesday's "Top 11 Eliminations" show:
1) The Instant Save results
Team Alicia's Stephanie Rice and Team Adam's Mark Isaiah were the bottom two on Tuesday night. Isaiah's Instant Save performance of "7 Years" garnered him enough votes on social media to be the saved artist for the second straight week, as you can watch by using the media player included with this article. But he's now on his third chance in this competition, so what's it going to take for him to succeed? Coach Adam Levine will have to put his head together with Isaiah next week and figure out what his stumbling block is, because he's essentially just hanging on by the skin of his teeth.
2) A slow week on iTunes
Only two of the eleven "Voice" contestants reached the Top 10 on the iTunes Singles Chart this week, and both were newcomers. Team Gwen's Hunter Plake and Team Blake's Lauren Duski received the iTunes vote multiplier, with Duski's version of "Somewhere In My Broken Heart" peaking at number three on iTunes. That's good news for Gwen Stefani, since she lost one of her three singers last week. But if you're Universal Music Group, you're likely hoping that the show starts putting together some consistency on the downloads charts. UMG needs somebody to come out of "The Voice" selling well and it needs to be the same person(s) building a fan base to create good post-show business.
3) Experience wins out again?
With Tuesday's results, Season 12 became another season where Adam Levine and Blake Shelton have both advanced all of their live playoffs artists into the Top 10. At this point it speaks to more than just those individual artists. It's about Levine and Shelton's individual success as coaches, their popularity, and how they continue to have the lion's share of "The Voice" fans behind them. There are a select number of fans who vote for their favorite team, rather than the artists themselves, and you can't beat the fact that Team Adam and Team Blake have been around for six years and twelve seasons now. They're always able to go deep into the competition and with good reason, but it remains to be seen if either will parlay that into yet another victory.
"The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.