A day after the top 12 acts of "The Voice" 2014 hit the stage to sing live for the first time, the hit reality show resumed April 22 to send two of the talented acts packing for good. By evening's end, two coaches saw their respective teams lose a member, and 10 singers owned berths in the next round of the competition.
Host Carson Daly opened the hour-long broadcast with a pre-recorded recap of the April 21 action. Featured were snippets of the contestants' performances as well as commentary by super star mentors Blake Shelton, Shakira, Adam Levine, and Usher.
Adam Levine then hit the stage with his trio of contestants comprised of aspiring R&B singer Delvin Choice, rocker Kat Perkins, and YouTube sensation Christina Grimmie to sing "Sledge Hammer." Moments later, the rest of the top 12 herded on-stage for the first big reveal of the evening, and with very little ado but after significant pauses, Team Usher's Josh Kaufman and Team Adam's Kat were saved to sing again.
Following a break, Carson talked with the mentors regarding the pressures of the competition. Adam called it "nervewracking because we love these guys" and said he was "hoping for the best," while Shakira praised her team for being "total pros" during the April 21 show. Usher hoped that America chose to keep his team intact, while Blake Shelton said he hoped America would see "what great human beings" his three proteges are.
Carson then called the 10 remaining hopefuls back onto the stage for more live results. Team Shakira's Kristen Merlin, who survived a major technical issue during her rendition of Sugarland's "Stay" and Team Blake's Audra McLaughlin safely advanced to the top 10, leaving eight acts at risk.
With two team performances in the books, Shakira hit the stage to perform solo, singing her new single "Empire" from her self-titled album. A segment featuring Shakira and her team helping to paint a Los Angeles-area school came next.
Yet more elimination action followed as Team Adam's Delvin and Team Blake's Jake Worthington both earned passes to the top 10, leaving just six acts in peril. Team Blake hit the stage next to sing Travis Tritt's "Put Some Drive in Your Country."
With just 15 minutes remaining, Carson revealed the last three safe acts as well as the three charged with singing for the Twitter save. Advancing to the top 10 were Team Usher's Bria Kelly, Team Adam's Christina, and Team Blake's Sisaundra Lewis. Left to fight for their competition lives were Team Shakira's Dani Moz and Tess Boyer, and Team Usher's T.J. Wilkins. Shakira looked less than pleased by the news as she shook her head and threw her hands into the air.
Up first to sing for his life was T.J., who opted to croon the Edwin McCain mega hit "I'll Be." Adam admitted that T.J.'s position in the danger zone wasn't "a fun place to be right now" but also confessed that he didn't want to see Shakira lose two contestants. Usher, with his phone in hand, encouraged Twitter users to vote to save T.J. from elimination.
Dani continued the save-me songs with her take on Adele's "Turning Tables." Blake called the effort "brilliant" and praised her for being consistent, and Shakira said it "killed me to see you standing there." She pressed America to "give her another chance."
Last to perform was Tess, who took on Kelly Clarkson's "Dark Side." Usher called the performance "incredible" and Shakira said she was "surprised" to see her in danger. After calling Tess one of the best singers in the mix, she asked America to vote for Tess and threw her head into her hands, clearly feeling the sting divided loyalties.
After the five minute instant save window officially closed, Carson revealed that Tess had been saved to sing again, which signaled the elimination of both T.J. and Dani. Shakira rushed forward to hug the emotional aspiring singer, and the show came to a close.
"The Voice" 2014 resumes April 28 on NBC with the top 10 performance show. The second results show will take place on April 29.