The field for Season 9 of The Voice was cut in half Wednesday night, and in the least surprising development of the evening, Harlan County’s Jordan Smith made the cut. The coaches’ darling through the show’s first three rounds seems to have resonated with viewers too, as Smith was one of the two top vote-getters on Adam Levine‘s team. He was joined by Shelby Brown, 17, of Elberta, Ala. Brown had a breakout performance of Linda Ronstadt’s You’re No Good Monday night.
That left Levine to pick from the four remaining members of his team for his coach’s pick to send to the Top 12. He tapped Franklin, N.J., songstress Amy Vachal, whom Levine stole from Pharrell in the knockout round, to join his Southern stars.
Levine’s team performed Johnnyswim’s Diamonds before the results were announced, with Smith hitting a few high notes but also proving his bona fides as a chorus member.
Each coach had the same situation, with two singers voted to move on by viewers, and the coach left to pick a third.
Gwen Stefani‘s team saw Jeffrey Austin and Braiden Sunshine voted through, and Stefani picked Korin Bukowski, saying she thought she could help the Miami college student the most. Of interest to Smith watchers, that meant that both Regina Love and Viktor Kiraly, whom Smith beat in the battle and knockout rounds and were stolen by Stefani, have now been eliminated.
Blake Shelton saw Barrett Baber and Zach Seabaugh retained by voters, and he used his pick to keep Knoxville’s classic country advocate Emily Ann Roberts in the competition.
Pharrell, a graduate of Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Va., seemed to have the toughest time after Madi Davis and Evan McKeel were voted on, but he finally settled on Chicago singer and actor Mark Hood.
Next up, the Top 12 face off next week at 8 p.m. Monday.
One thing that made Smith seem like a sure bet to stay on was that his iTunes recording of Beyonce’s Halo made it into the iTunes Top 10 after Monday’s show and stayed there. Sales on iTunes mean votes for the artists, although it is far from a reliable metric: The artist behind Smith on the chart was Roberts, who had to have a coach’s save to stay in the running.