Four out of eight artists unfortunately went home on Dec. 12, during the semifinal results show on “The Voice.”
During the hourlong program, Red Marlow, the traditional country singer on Blake Shelton’s team, found himself in the bottom half and had to perform for the final “Instant Save” vote of the season, along with Team Adam Levine’s Adam Cunningham and Team Jennifer Hudson’s Noah Mac.
Red, who got the first try at winning over America’s hearts, belted out a memorable cover of Alabama’s, “Dixieland Delight.” The song choice couldn’t have been a better fit for Red, as he’s been channeling country classics all season long. In fact, he made it all the way to the Top 8 with covers including Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” Garth Brooks’ “The Dance” and Shenandoah’s “The Church on Cumberland Road.”
While onstage, Red kept it simple, as usual. He pleased fans with his southern vocals and country charm, while armed with his acoustic guitar. And although the tune started off with a stripped-down feel, Red got the studio audience engaged toward the end of his performance, and encouraged them to clap their hands.
After his performance Blake said, “Hey Red, you know what? You’ve had a hell of a run on this show. I don’t see any reason why it’s got to end here tonight, man. You deserve to be in the finale. You were waving the flag for traditional country music. And I know those fans are out there right now.”
Turns out that Blake’s comments and Red’s performance resonated with viewers, because the hopeful squeezed his way into the final four with just a few more votes than his competition. Red will now compete for the win alongside Chloe Kohanski, Addison Agen and Brooke Simpson when “The Voice” returns Dec. 18,on NBC.
Meanwhile, as previously reported, Blake is still in the running for three Rare Country Awards: Fan Moment of the Year, Grand Ole Opry Moment of the Year and Male Artist of the Year. There’s still time for you to decide the winners, but you’ve got to act quickly. Voting ends Dec. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.