'The Voice' recap: Eight is enough

Kat Perkins. (Twitter)

Kat Perkins. (Twitter)

Jason MacNeil, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:26 PM ET

The Voice pared things down yet again Tuesday night to eight contestants, but with two big names coming to the show next season.

Tuesday night's show began with an announcement that next season Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams will be coaches, with both appearing on the show to perform next week.

From there, Usher had his team rock out to Lenny Kravitz's Always On The Run, emerging from the stage with Josh Kaufman and Bria Kelly faring fairly well with the nugget.

The "Top 10" were brought out and host Carson Daly picked Adam Levine's talent Christina Grimmie to carry on with Blake Shelton's team represented by Sisaundra Lewis, who seemed overjoyed by the news.

A brief amount of filler ensued between Daly and the coaches with Shelton saying the song selection was crucial. The remaining eight were brought back out, most of them smiling. Kristen Merlin was saved from elimination thanks to a strong performance Monday night, and once again, Josh Kaufman will be returning next week.

The nominations were stopped briefly for another performance, this time with Shakira alongside Tess Boyer and Kristen Merlin for Shakira's song The One Thing with Merlin and Boyer having their eyes fixed on the teleprompter. Nonetheless, a pretty decent tune.

A tedious “confessional” session ensued with Usher admitting he cooked in his underwear and Shelton stating he had a mullet. Another taped, behind-the-scenes segment later had Lewis revealing she experienced her first pajama party at age 44 while others seemed a bit emotional about leaving friends and family behind.

Shelton then watched Audra McLaughlin move on as well as Adam Levine's singer Delvin Choice, which caused him to lose his black hat. Country singer Jake Worthington completed Shelton's trifecta by also being named.

The remaining three – Kat Perkins, Tess Boyer, and Bria Kelly – then moved into the “Instant Save” stage. Bria Kelly sang Heart's Crazy On You and nearly sang her heart out, much to the judges amazement. Usher said he supported her and added Kelly “gave it up” every time on stage.

Tess Boyer went with Who Knew by Pink. Boyer was controlled but didn't have much sizzle when she needed it despite being misty-eyed. Levine thought it was strange Boyer was left in her position and joked he wanted to change the rules. Shakira said she was “devastated” she was in the bottom three.

Kat Perkins went to her strengths with Paris (Ooh La La) by Grace Potter and The Nocturnals. The raunchy rocker was confident and comfortable, diving headlong into the song which possibly made her the winner of the “Instant Save.” “If that doesn't buy you next week, I don't know what the hell will,” Shelton quipped. Usher and Levine were shocked, with the latter saying Perkins deserved to go all the way.

Five tense minutes ensued with the three looking on as the viewers decided which one would survive. The votes showed Perkins with a massive lead (57 per cent) with Boyer and Kelly both running far, far, behind. With the window for voting closed, host Carson Daly said Perkins got the Instant Save with Boyer and Kelly eliminated.


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