Kelly Clarkson’s tears were not enough to save Kaleb Lee on The Voice on Tuesday as half of the final eight singers were eliminated ahead of next week’s two-part finale.
Kaleb had been left in the bottom three, along with gravel-voiced Pryor Baird, a 35-year-old Californian of Team Blake and Alicia Keys’ 18-year-old protege Britton Buchanan, from North Carolina.
All three were required to ‘sing for survival’ before facing a public vote.
Getting emotional: Kelly Clarkson promised to stop crying if viewers voted for Kaleb Lee but he still was eliminated on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice
Shortly before Kaleb was outed Kelly explained that her reason for joining the NBC talent show was to ‘give back’.
‘That has been my goal on this show, to give back and to do something that was done for me, like 16 years ago, and I’m not going to cry, so we’re fine,’ she laughed as she began to well up.
‘I’ll stop crying if you vote for Kaleb,’ added the 36-year-old pop star.
Despite Kelly’s tears only Britton advanced to the finals, after singing Calum Scott’s Dancing On My Own.
Swan song: Kaleb as his song for survival sang Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Simple Man
Bottom three: Pryor Baird, Kaleb and Britton Buchanan sang for survival and awaited their fate with host Carson Daly
Alicia told Britton: ‘You are the voice that music is made of, rawness, realness, truth, honesty.’
Kaleb’s swan song was Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Simple Man.
Pryor’s final performance was Soulshine by Allman Brothers Band.
High praise: Britton was told by Alicia Keys that his voice is ‘made of, rawness, realness, truth, honesty’
Fan favorite: Alicia looked typically stunning in a red Tommy Hilfiger and pink leggings
Into it: Pryor gave it his all during the live semi finals on NBC
‘There’s no last words for Pryor, because you know what, we’re friends and whether or not your journey needs here, or where it takes you, I’m going to be backing you no matter where it takes you,’ said Blake.
‘I’m shocked to even see you in this position,’ added the 41-year-old country star.
Jackie Foster, a 22-year-old from Bostonian from Team Alicia, and Adam Levine’s last contestant, Rayshun LaMarr, a 33-year-old Maryland resident, were also sent home.
The moment: Jackie Foster and Rayshun Lamarr were eliminated as Pryor made the sing-off
‘I went from being almost dead to living this moment…I’m thanking god for every moment,’ said Rayshun before he departed.
Team Blake’s 26-year-old Ohio native Spensha Baker made the final, along with the baby of the group, 15-year-old Massachusetts native Brynn Cartelli, of Team Kelly.
‘I think my favorite part of this experience has been meeting the people that I’m standing with right now,’ said Brynn, referring to her fellow contestants.
First finalist: Spensha Baker looked shocked when she learned she was the first finalist
Powerhouse singer Kyla Jade, a 33-year-old Tennessean from Team Blake, was also sent to the final.
Blake Shelton, who has had 25 number ones, hit the stage to sing I Lived It.
Musical guests were 24-year-old country musician Kane Brown with Heaven, and Grammy-nominated rock band Panic! at the Disco with Say Amen (Saturday Night).
The Voice season 14 finale airs next week on NBC on Monday and Tuesday.
Former winner Chloe Kohanski will perform her new single Come This Far.
The finalists: Britton, Brynn Cartelli, Spensha and Kyla Jade will compete in next week’s finale
Musical guest: Kane Brown performed during the semi finals show
Rocking out: Panic! At The Disco also rocked out to with Say Amen (Saturday Night)
Country star: Blake Shelton took to the stage and also performed I Lived It