‘The Voice’ recap: Did Adam Levine’s controversial pleas save Reagan Strange?

In the end, Adam Levine’s voice wasn’t enough to save Reagan Strange on “The Voice.”

The competition eliminated half of the performers Tuesday, cutting the field from eight to four for next week’s finals.

But despite the pro performances and manufactured tension, it was clear most eyes were on Strange after the controversial way Levine spoke up for her last week, encouraging viewers to cast their tweets for her over fellow teammate DeAndre Nico — even though Strange did not perform. (She was ill, though still in the studio.)

The move caused an uproar, with many fans accusing Levine of throwing Nico under the bus. 

In the end, all Levine’s praise couldn’t overcome an extremely uneven live performance, and Strange was eliminated. MaKenzie Thomas, Sarah Grace and Kymberli Joye also were sent home.

Tuesday’s semifinals elimination got underway with a save for Kirk Jay, who was moved on with overnight audience voting. Then, Michael Buble took the stage to perform “Where or When.”

Next to be saved was Chevel Shepherd from Team Kelly, before actress/singer Hailee Steinfeld rocked “Back to Life,” from her film “Bumblebee.”

The last finalist saved outright was Chris Kroeze, who was the most-streamed performer overnight for the second week in a row, this time for his version of The Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See.” So both of Blake Shelton’s team members, Kroeze and Jay, are still in the final’s running. 

Jennifer Hudson performed “I’ll Fight” from the documentary “RBG,” rocking a “Nevertheless, She Persisted” tee, before we moved on to the Instant Save performances that would determine the last competitor to be included in the finals.

Only three of the five remaining would perform: Thomas, Strange and Kennedy Holmes were told they were still in the running. Sarah Grace and Joye, the last of Kelly Clarkson’s team, were sent home. 

First, singing Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain,” was Thomas. 

Strange was up next with “Wherever You Will Go,” by The Calling. Perhaps because of her difficult week, her nerves were showing in the least successful performance of the night. 

Last up, singing “How Do I Live,” by LeAnne Rimes, was Holmes. Coach Hudson said afterward, “She is going to be a major star.”

Host Carson Daly opened the voting, and Levine tried one last time, saying, “Reagan there’s something so special about you.” 

But when the Instant Save tweets was tallied, Holmes advanced to “The Voice” finale, Strange and Thomas were knocked out.

“The Voice” returns Monday (NBC, 8 EST/PST) for the final round of performances, with the winner announced Tuesday.

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