After countless weeks of blinds, battles, knockouts and playoffs, it's finally down to 12 contestants on "The Voice," three each from Teams Blake, Christina, CeeLo and Adam.
On Thursday's results show, during which coach Adam Levine's Maroon 5 and last season's "Voice" winner, Jermaine Paul, performed, the audience made its preferences known for the first time all season. The two contestants with the most votes on each team would automatically move into the top 12, to perform next week. Then each coach would pick one more member from his or her remaining three team members, sending the other two home.
The coaches had expressed concern about choosing between singers they'd gotten to know and care about, but, though reluctant, they seemed resigned to do their jobs and move the competition along. And let's face it, the "Voice" voters had made it easier on them by picking precisely the right two candidates on each team – or at least exactly the two you might expect – to move ahead. With that important work done, the coaches could relax and pick a third contestant based solely on their own personal preferences, knowing that, no matter what, they'd be moving ahead with a strong team.