'The Voice' Season 5 Recap: The Instant Save Isn't a Total Bust

Let's just get this out of the way: The Instant Save element of Tuesday's episode of The Voice could've been disastrous. Live television plus instant Twitter results is a risky combo. SO MUCH COULD GO WRONG! Who counted those votes? A computer? A computer counted all of those votes in five minutes? Really? My goodness. I'll take your word for it. Fortunately, The Instant Save worked and Carson Daly didn't have to have a panic attack on live television. 

There were some group performances. Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton watched all of the male competitors sing "American Band." There were approximately 63 guitars being played at the same time. I lost count at 63. There could've been more. Don't hold me to that number. The lady competitors sang "Brave" with Sara Bareilles. It was cute. Cee Lo and his team performed "Roam." It was fine. Team Adam plus Adam performed "A Hard Day's Night," and it was the best part of the evening. The four harmonized together beautifully, and each solo was super strong. Get it, Team Adam!

Now for the real stuff. Who was saved by America's votes? Here you go:

  1. Caroline Pennell
  2. Matthew Schuler
  3. Austin Jenckes
  4. Tessanne Chin
  5. Jacquie Lee
  6. Cole Vosbury
  7. Will Champlin
  8. Ray Boudreaux
  9. James Wolpert
  10. INSTANT SAVE!

To build the draaahmaaa, Carson told bottom three Kat Robichaud, Jonny Gray, and Josh Logan to sit tight while they tallied The Instant Save results. Carson would eliminate someone, announce The Instant Save, and then eliminate a second person. Jonny was the first to go home. And Kat was saved by The Instant Save. That left Josh in the elimination pile with Jonny. Here's the complete top 10:

  1. Caroline Pennell
  2. Matthew Schuler
  3. Austin Jenckes
  4. Tessanne Chin
  5. Jacquie Lee
  6. Cole Vosbury
  7. Will Champlin
  8. Ray Boudreaux
  9. James Wolpert
  10. Kat Robichaud

I'm really apprehensive to say anything salty or negative about any competitors, but America's bottom three matched my bottom three. Josh and Jonny's eliminations weren't entirely earth-shattering. Ick, that sounds so callous. However, at this stage of the game, it's a given that everyone is good. I just happen to enjoy other the singers more than I enjoy Josh or Jonny. My ears are my ears. 

Next week: More live shows. Sweet deal. I must say, after last week's gut punch elimination episode, Tuesday's was fairly uneventful. We lost two competitors. Two. Last Thursday, we lost eight. How many will be cut next week? Nine? Will Carson surprise us next Tuesday and say, "Oh, by the way, here's your champion," and laugh at us mercilessly? My stomach churns at the thought. 

Image: Trae Patton/NBC

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