Monday's Voice results show was poised to be a game-changing night. Shakira's team could have been eliminated from competition. Usher also could have also been out of the game. All the guys could have been sent home. The show could have become country-centric.
So how did America vote? The results were revealed slowly, of course. With lots of duets.
First, an adviser took the stage:
Team Blake's adviser Sheryl Crow was surrounded by chandeliers, her band and Blake's artists for a performance of the single Easy.
Then, there was a Carson-moderated chat with the coaches.
Adam on coaching: My artists need to add a "sort of twist to put on what they do. Or you could just be like Blake, and let them do whatever they want." (Oooh!)
Shakira on her final singer, Sasha Allen: "If she's sent home tonight, it's because her coach made a mistake."
Usher highlighted his social media accounts and said this about his final singer, Michelle Chamuel: "I feel like she has been an incredible example of what it is to believe in yourself, and find that inner voice."
And Carson highlighted Blake's Oklahoma benefit concert that airs Wednesday on NBC. Of course, there was also discussion about Blake's "special latte" from Starbucks.
After that, it was almost time for results. Soulful songbirds Judith Hill of Team Adam and Michelle of Team Usher sang a duet of Sweet Nothing first. It's tough to sing a Florence Welch song, but the girls gave it a hearty go.
Finally an artist was announced safe: Usher's Michelle Chamuel. Coach Usher survived another week!
Next, Shakira's Sasha and Blake's Swon Brothers belted Don't You Wanna Stay. It was nice hearing the brothers harmonize with Sasha, instead of just with each other.
And more results: The second artist deemed safe was Blake's Danielle Bradbery.
We had to wait for Nick Canon's funny promo for America's Got Talent, another duet and a video montage before finding out who else was safe.
The duet: Blake's Danielle and Adam's Sarah Simmons slowed things down with candles, flowing white dresses and A Thousand Years. Though the ladies have nice voices, it was hard to tell which ones belonged to them with all the background singers on the track.
The pre-taped montage was a Voice confessional. What we learned: The Swon Brothers like The Notebook, Usher loves women's shoes, Shakira is usually barefoot, Michelle snacks on "straight-up lettuce" and Adam does a funny impression of a rabbit enjoying lettuce.
Back to the results. The next artist through: Shakira's Sasha. Shakira is still in the game!
Another duet: Country powerhouses Amber Carrington from Team Adam and Holly Tucker from Team Blake crooned Does He Love You. Now that was a good duet.
Back to the results: Team Blake's Swon Brothers made it to the top six. There will be boys in next week's performance show, after all.
That left three of Adam's singers and one of Blake's singers.
The last two artists saved were Team Adam's Amber and Team Blake's Holly Tucker.
That meant Team Adam's Judith and Sarah were sent packing. It also meant that four out of the final six singers are country artists.
To watch all six singers perform live, tune in Monday (NBC 8 ET/PT).
Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY