The battle for Season 12 of NBC's "The Voice" heated up on Tuesday, as the singing competition cut multiple contestants for the first time this season en route to setting up next week's semifinals. Coaches Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani learned which eight singers made it through on America's votes while two more guest musical performances filled the hour. But what was really worth following was one coach's descent from front-runner to being on the brink of elimination. Here's what happened in the "Live Top 10 Eliminations" show:
1) The Instant Save results
This week's Twitter Instant Save went to Vanessa Ferguson of Team Alicia for her last-chance performance of "For Once In My Life." Ferguson had less than half the vote at 47 percent of social media votes cast but that was enough to move her through in the first week when three artists were eligible for the Instant Save, thus diluting the voting pool. If you missed it, you can watch the Instant Save reveal now by using the media player included with this article.
2) Team Adam is on the ropes
The two artists eliminated Tuesday were both from the same team, which was bad news for Adam Levine. Mark Isaiah's luck finally ran out after his performance of "Sorry" and songbird Lilli Passero went home after her cover of "Stormy Weather." That means Team Adam has only one artist left, and could conceivably be eliminated entirely in next week's semifinals. If that happens, it will be the first time in four years that Levine hasn't been represented in a "Voice" finale (since Season 4 in the spring of 2013). Team Adam fans had better do some serious voting for Jesse Larson next week.
3) Team Blake is on top, again
With Tuesday's results, Team Blake is the last team to have all of its playoff singers still intact. All three of Blake Shelton's artists will advance to the semifinals. That's a big improvement from last season when he only had one semifinalist - but he only needed one, as that person was eventual Season 11 winner Sundance Head. Team Gwen and Team Alicia still have two artists apiece standing in his way, but it now looks like a distinct possibility that Shelton could rack up back to back victories and his sixth "Voice" title in twelve seasons, particularly as Lauren Duski became the first Season 12 artist to rack up consecutive iTunes Top 10 singles this week.
"The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.