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'The Voice' marred by voting inconsistencies

7:45 PM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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By Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY

The votes are in, but not all of them counted.

Wait, what?

At the top of the first Voice results show of the season, host Carson Daly announced there were inconsistencies in voting. So, "for complete fairness, votes via text and online were not included in voting results." But don't panic, because, "removing votes did not affect the outcome," said Daly.

After all the votes (outside of text and online ones) were tallied, the two top vote-getters per team advanced automatically. Then, coaches chose a third singer on their teams to make it through.

The results:

The top two on Team Blake, as voted on by America: Holly Tucker and Danielle Bradbery. Blake could only choose between the Swon Brothers and Justin Rivers. "For the sake of keeping things as different, as diverse in the competition for my team, I'm gonna save the Swon Brothers," Blake said.

Team Shakira's top singers: Sasha Allen and Kris Thomas. Shakira had to pick either Garrett Gardner or Karina Iglesias to go through. Shakira said she made her decision "based on what I can contribute to this person." She chose Garrett.

The singers America chose from Team Usher: Michelle Chamuel and Vedo. That left Cathia and Josiah Hawley. "I honestly did not see that one coming," Usher said. He saved Josiah.

Team Adam's artists voted through: Judith Hill and Amber Carrington. That meant Sarah Simmons and Caroline Glaser were left. "As much as we like to make music a game, this is more important than a game," said a stalling Coach Adam, who was almost cut off by the end of the show. "I have to save Sarah," he managed to blurt out.

Guest appearances:

Rod Stewart took the stage to perform Finest Woman from his new album Time. (Read USA TODAY's two-star review of the album here.) Voice contestants Josiah, Karina and Garrett got to join Stewart for Forever Young.

Former coach CeeLo Green returned to The Voice to perform his single Only You with Voice's Season 2 runner-up Juliet Simms.

To sum up, here's who went home:

Blake's Justin Rivers, Shakira's Karina Iglesias, Usher's Cathia and Adam's Caroline Glaser. 

The live performance shows continue Monday (NBC, 8 ET/PT).

USA TODAY

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