Susan Haas, USA TODAY
Published 9:38 p.m. ET Dec. 4, 2018 | Updated 10:26 p.m. ET Dec. 4, 2018
The pressure is on, and the field is dwindling on “The Voice.”
By the end of the night, the field had been narrowed from 10 to eight, as Dave Fenley and DeAndre Nico were sent packing.
Tuesday’s semifinal episode started with a performance of “Rewrite the Stars” from James Arthur and Anne Marie before we got down to the business of who was safe and who was not, following Monday’s performance show.
Chris Kroeze was this week’s most-streamed performer overnight for his version of Garth Brooks’ “Callin Baton Rouge,” and host Carson Daly announced fan-favorite Reagan Strange, who wasn’t onstage, wasn’t feeling well, though she was “in the house.”
The first two artists saved were Kirk Jay and 13-year-old Kennedy Holmes, who brought down the house on Monday with her vocals and funky choreography – moonwalking included – on Meghan Trainor’s “Me Too.”
In short order, MaKenzie Thomas and Chevel Shepherd also were moved forward to next week.
Then it was Kelly Clarkson’s turn to show why she’s a coach, bringing some “Heat” to the “Voice” stage.
Sarah Grace, who on Monday performed a controversial Blind Boys of Alabama-inspired version of “Amazing Grace,” complete with “dirty” trumpet, and Kroeze were the next performers to move on to the next round.
Former coach – and Blake Shelton main squeeze – Gwen Stefani and Mon Laferte took the stage next to ring in the season and wish everyone a merry Christmas with “Feliz Navidad.”
With the field down to four, the tension ratcheted up, with Daly putting the contestants on the spot before announcing gospel singer Kymberli Joye was the last competitor safe in overnight fan voting.
That left Strange, Fenley and Nico as the performers in jeopardy and needing to sing for their futures. But with Strange unwell, fans only got to hear from Fenley and Nico.
Team Blake member Fenley was up first with “Amazed” from Lonestar. Clarkson told him after his performance, “Your tone is like a blanket of goodness … it’s my favorite thing about you.” Shelton added, “Every time you get on stage, your voice absolutely floors me.”
Nico, who was in the bottom two last week, too, performed John Legend’s “All of Me.” Coach Adam Levin was supportive when he told Nico, “I’m a little confused as to why you’re in the bottom. That perplexes me.”
But when it came down to it, Levine talked about his “special relationship” with Strange and urged voters to cast their tweets for her, saying, “I’ve got to fight for her properly because she couldn’t do it for herself.”
After that, it was up to fans to tweet an instant save for their favorite, since only one of the three would move on.
When the voting was over, Strange’s presence, even without a performance, was enough to move her to next week. And it was Fenley and Nico left feeling sick.
“The Voice” returns Monday (NBC, 8 EST/PST) for another round of performances.