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The Voice - Season 9

The Voice (NBC) Full Episode & Recap - "Live Semifinal Eliminations"

"Live Semifinal Eliminations"

America's votes are revealed, then three artists sing for America's instant save and the final slot in the Top 4. Dolly Parton mentors and sings, and Season 3 Cassadee Pope and Pharrell perform.

It may be the toughest night of the season. After surviving their auditions, battles, knockouts, playoffs and numerous live votes, the remaining artists have been through a lot. But even their coaches, Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton, know that tonight there's nothing that can prepare the artists. Despite the stratospheric talent level this season, tonight five artists will be eliminated.

The format works as follows: the vote overnight determines three of the four finalists. The three artists with the fewest votes are eliminated. Then, the final of the four finalist slots is determined by an instant save showdown. The artists who placed fourth, fifth and sixth in last night's voting must each sing, followed by a short window in which America's final choice will be counted via Twitter.

But before all that drama takes place, it's a Voice tradition to welcome back old friends. Tonight, Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope returns to Stage 12 to sing her latest, "I Am Invincible."

We're also gifted with an appearance from Dolly Parton. We watch a segment from earlier in the day in which the country music legend offers the Top 9 some sage words about stage fright, songwriting and more. Then Dolly takes the stage to sing her favorite song, "Coat of Many Colors," her autobiographical ode to her mother and the true meaning of happiness. Carson mentions that the movie version of the song's story airs Thursday night on NBC.

Then we're on to the eliminations. We learn that the artists receiving the most votes are (in no particular order) Jordan Smith, Barrett Baber and Emily Ann Roberts. Leaving the competition are Braiden Sunshine, Amy Vachal and Shelby Brown. The artists who will sing for America's instant save are Madi Davis, Jeffery Austin and Zach Seabaugh.

We break for commercial and then watch as Zach Seabaugh sings Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" and Madi Davis delivers Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over," finally followed by Jeffery Austin's take on Ed Sheeran's "Make It Rain."

The coaches offer their feedback and words of encouragement, then Carson throws to the audience to cast their choices.

The results roll in. It's somewhat close, but only one singer can move on: Jeffery Austin.

The Voice - Season 9

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