'The Voice' narrows field to top 12 artists as competition heats upby jmaloni
Each coach to guide three singers in quest to be named season-six champion
NBC's Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice" has narrowed its season-six field to the top 12 artists, all of whom will compete for the title when live episodes begin Monday, April 21 (8-10 p.m.).
Each of the celebrity musician coaches - Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher - will have three artists on their respective teams. At the end of each Tuesday episode, two performers will be eliminated until there is only one champion.
In addition, during each live results show, the three artists with the lowest number of mentions will be eligible for the "Instant Save." These artists will each perform a new song that represents why they should earn the save. Then, America will have the opportunity to save its favorite performer by tweeting out #VoiceSave along with the artist's name. The two singers with the lowest number of votes will be sent home each week until one winner is announced as "The Voice" on May 20.
The top 12 have gone through the blind auditions, two rounds of intense battles and playoffs, and coaches have stolen artists in order to give them the best chances to win. Now, artists perform each week in hopes to be saved and move forward to the ultimate goal of being named the winner.
The 12 artists remaining in the competition are:
- Christina Grimmie/Vorhees, N.J./@TheRealGrimmie
- Delvin Choice/Greenville, S.C./@DrChoice
- Kat Perkins/Scranton, N.D./@KatPerkinsMusic
- Audra McLaughlin/Philadelphia/@AudraLynn21
- Jake Worthington/La Porte, Texas/@JDW_Music
- Sisaundra Lewis/Lake Hamilton, Fla./@Sisaundra
- Dani Moz/Albany/@DaniMozMusic
- Kristen Merlin/Nashua, N.H./@KristenMerlin
- Tess Boyer/St. Louis/@TessHannahMusic
- Bria Kelly/Smithfield, Va./@BriaKelly
- Josh Kaufman/Sarasota, Fla./@IAmJoshKaufman
- T.J. Wilkins/Los Angeles3/@IAMTJWilkins
The Monday edition of "The Voice" ranks as the season's No. 1 unscripted series on the "Big 4" networks in adults 18-49 and total viewers, averaging a 4.8 rating, 13 share and 15.1 million viewers in "most current" averages from Nielsen Media Research. In adults 18-49, the Monday telecast is the season's No. 2 entertainment program on ABC, CBS, NBC or FOX, behind only CBS's "Big Bang Theory."
Tuesday's "Voice" is averaging a 4.4/13 in 18-49 and 14.3 million viewers overall and has led NBC to 19 finishes of No. 1 or tied for No. 1 among the "Big 4" networks this season - the most Tuesday wins for NBC in a season in the history of Nielsen's current People Meter sample.