"The Voice" 2013 resumed Dec. 3 on NBC with the top six results show. At the close of the hour long live broadcast, hopefuls James Wolpert and Matthew Schuler went head to head for the competition life-saving Twitter instant save, and a curious season five pattern stayed alive as Schuler was sent packing.
After "American Idol" alum turned super star and expectant mom Kelly Clarkson opened the episode with "Underneath the Tree," Schuler, Tessanne Chin and Jacquie Lee joined forces to deliver "You Got the Love" by Florence and the Machine.
With two performances in the books, show host Carson Daly named Team Christina Aguilera's Lee to the top five. "The Voice" season one alum Xenia returned to the stage alongside Blake Shelton to sing "Silver Bells," and moments later, Shelton's sole remaining protege, Cole Vosbury, advanced to the next round of the competition.
Another special performance followed as guest Nuno Bettencourt joined Vosbury, Wolpert and Team Adam Levine's Will Champlin to sing the Extreme hit "More than Words." Shortly thereafter, Team Adam's Tessanne Chin earned her spot in the top five.
The evening's final act followed, as the top six hit the stage together one last time to sing the Christmas classic "O Holy Night." With that number complete, Team Adam's Champlin took the fourth available spot on the Dec. 9 show, leaving Schuler and Wolpert, two of only three season five contestants to have earned an iTunes vote multiplier to date, vying for the all-or-nothing Twitter instant save.
After the voting window closed, Daly revealed that Wolpert had claimed the save and a berth in the top five, sealing Schuler's elimination and keeping a strange streak alive: each week to date, the contestant eliminated was the contestant saved by the previous week's Twitter instant vote.
According to "The Voice" season five's official Twitter account, the margin separating Schuler and Wolpert was a tiny one. Immediately after the show, the person behind the handle revealed that "@JamesPWolpert & @MSchulerMusic's #VoiceSave votes were split by less than 1%! Thank you for being such passionate fans! Every vote counts."
"The Voice" 2013 returns to NBC on Dec. 9 with performances by the top five finalists.