Disappointments are part of reality television shows, but Tuesday's elimination episode of "The Voice" Season 11 (USA) 2016 semifinals was painful because what seemed like an unchallenged performance wasn't appreciated (in terms of vote). The good was shown the doors and the bad remained.
Host Carson Daly called out the names of three contestants who got highest votes and they were Billy Gilman of Team Adam, Sundance Head of Team Blake and Wé McDonald of Team Alicia (in chronological order). Then he called out Brendan Fletcher of Team Adam and Aaron Gibson of Team Miley, who got least votes, which meant they had been eliminated from the competition.
That left Ali Caldwell of Team Miley, Christian Cuevas of Team Alicia, and Josh Gallagher Team Adam lined for the Instant Save. The results till then weren't that disappointing though Ali shouldn't have been made to perform for survival after the beautiful rendition of "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston in the semifinals. Still it was bearable as unexpected things do happen.
With the hope of making it to "The Voice" 2016 finale, Christian Cuevas took on "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt for the Instant Save. It was a decent performance and nothing extraordinary. Then Ali Caldwell sang "Sledgehammer" by Rihanna (not the Peter Gabriel version). It was not her best performance but still a good one. She has been such a powerhouse this season and this was certainly the best of the night (Instant Save performances). Josh Gallagher was the last to take the stage, and sang the song, "I Drive Your Truck" by Lee Brice. It was another decent rendition. Nothing special.
Finally, Instant Save result was ready. Josh Gallagher won the fight. He will go to next week's finale.
However, Ali Caldwell fans will no doubt be upset by the semifinal result for the simple reason that she has not only been consistent throughout the season but also had given a killer performance in the semifinal episode. Many would opine that she deserved to be in the finale after the beautiful rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" earlier this week but reality was different.
Ali Caldwell's exit was painful but the show must and will go on.