THE VOICE -- "Live Semi Finals" Episode 1218A -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Blue, Vanessa Ferguson -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

‘The Voice’ Season 12 Semi-Finals: Who ‘Should’ Make It To Finals and Who Will?

“The Voice” separates the field tonight on the semi-finals results show. Season 12 has come down to cutting out the merely good singers from the great ones. We all have our favorites and last night’s performances should have delighted fans of each singer. Voting is over and we’ll get the news tonight.

Something new was introduced into “The Voice” voting machine and it was a neat twist. The top eight artists were put together in duos and they performed duets, as they do for Battle Rounds. They were polished productions, particularly Vanessa and Chris Blue, as well as the two country ladies left, Brennley Brown and Lauren Duski. A tweet using special hashtags counted as a vote for each singer in the duo.

So let’s get down to it. Who will be left standing? There are two answers to that, and only one has to do with voting. There are the opinions of who “should” make it based on the strength of performances last night. As the coaches have said in the past, it’s not a vote that should be based on the body of work throughout the season. That doesn’t keep people from using that standard. This season it’s almost the same list.

  • Who will make it after voting closed: Chris Blue, Lauren Duski, Hunter Plake and Aliyah.
  • Who should make it based on performances: The same names except substitute Vanessa Ferguson for Aliyah.

Who ya’ got?


Never underestimate the voters throwing a curveball, and Team Adam lives on. Jesse Larson made the top four rather than Hunter Pate, Vanessa Ferguson, T Soul and Brennley Brown. That was the group of singers in the bottom five.

Two were eliminated without another chance through the Instant Save, meaning they received the fewest votes. T Soul and Vanessa Ferguson received the bad news and comfort from their coaches, then watched the other three (Brown, Plake and Larson) sing again.

Jesse Larson took out the guitar and did what he does best, play and sing a bluesy number that brought him back to his safe space. He was ahead in the voting throughout the five-minute period, and was ushered into the final four. No one could have been more surprised than Adam Levine, no matter what he said. Watch Jesse’s Instant Save performance!

Were you? Gwen Stefani lost both her remaining artists and looked misty-eyed as she took the news. Blake Shelton has two singers in the competition, Adam Levine has one as does Alicia Keys. Chris Blue may just get her to the finish line. It would mean that the country contingent isn’t forceful enough to push Duski into the top spot, but here’s thinking he’s got what it takes. Now, let’s pick the right song for the young man to perform. Listening Alicia?

“The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT ¬† Image credit: NBCUniversal, used with permission¬†

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