The Top 10 Live Eliminations

Season 5
Episode 519
Air Date 11/19/13
TV-PG

To quote Blake Shelton, "Tuesdays are why I drink." It's another night of pain and gain - time to gather the troops for some feel good performances, hear the coaches sing and ultimately say goodbye to some top tier singers. Yes, it's elimination time again, and tonight a crowd of 400 plus will watch live as Cole Vosbury, Caroline Pennell, Tessanne Chin, Matthew Schuler, Will Champlin, Kat Robichaud, Ray Boudreaux, Jacquie Lee, James Wolpert and Austin Jenckes squirm and sweat as Carson reveals the voting results. And as happened last week, one of the three singers with the fewest votes will be saved instantly when the final Top 8 slot is opened up to those with twitchy Twitter fingers.

But before the tears of joy and sadness begin to flow, it's time for Xtina and her team of Matthew Schuler and Jacquie Lee to strut their musical stuff. And strut they do, blowing the roof off Stage 12 with a mad medley of Jackson family faves including Janet's "Black Cat" and Michael's "Scream" and "Bad." Christina trades verses with her singers playfully, and it's plain to see that the loss of either of her two artists tonight would be a major upset.

After a break, Carson has a surprise for Adam: he unveils the new People magazine that's declaring Adam Levine the Sexiest Man Alive. After the applause, Carson checks in with the coaches and asks them to handicap their singers' chances. After watching a package where coaches, artists and advisors reveal their most embarrassing moments, we return to find the 10 remaining artists at center stage. With the expected dramatic music underneath, he announces the first two artists who are safe: James Wolpert and Matthew Schuler. The stage is quickly reset for the next number. Kat Robichaud, James Wolpert and Will Champlin all strap on electric guitars and snarl their way across a rock 'n' roll stage, singing Fall Out Boy's "Sugar We're Goin Down."

We break for commercial and then return to find eight artists gathered at center stage. Carson gives Ray Boudreaux and Will Champlin the good news: they'll be back for next week's Top 8 round. The remaining six artists begin to look very nervous. Carson teases America's upcoming instant save and then heads for break. We come back with Blake Shelton flanked by Ray Boudreaux, Austin Jenckes and Cole Vosbury. The boys have picked a classic to have a little fun: ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man." Blake, Ray, Austin and Cole trade a few licks with Paul Mirkovich and the band; the crowd grins, claps and stomps their feet in approval. As soon as the song ends, all remaining artists reassemble front and center and we learn that Tessane Chin and Jacquie Lee are safe; Cole Vosbury, Kat Robichaud, Austin Jenckes and Caroline Pennell are now officially in danger.

We take a visit to the Sprint Skybox and then return to the stage where Caroline Pennell and Tessanne Chin sing a delicious duet on teen sensation Lorde's "Royals." The remaining four return to the stage, where Carson reveals that Cole Vosbury is also safe. That means that the fates of Kat Robichaud, Austin Jenckes and Caroline Pennell are now in America's hands. The artist who gets the most Twitter saves in the next few minutes will earn a spot in the Top 8. We head to break, and the singers' fans begin frantically tweeting to try to save their artists.

And then in an instant, the moment is at hand. Carson announces that the tweets have been tabulated; Caroline Pennell is officially saved! We bid goodbye to Austin Jenckes and Kat Robichaud; the coaches offer their gratitude and good wishes as we say our goodbyes. The house lights come up, and the stagehands begin to strike the scenery. Another night is in the books.

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