04/30/2013 AT 11:20 PM ET
Usher and Blake Shelton helped four singers on their teams inch closer to their dream Tuesday night when they selected them in The Voice’s final knockout rounds. But their tough choices amidst strong performances – much like the previous night featuring singers on Team Shakira and Team Adam – also meant heartbreak for talented singers who won’t be at the live shows next week.
Team Blake kicked things off Tuesday with country artists Savannah Berry and Justin Rivers. Berry earned praised for her country version of “As Long As You Love Me,” but Blake chose Justin for his powerful performance of “The Climb.”
“I really thought Savannah was going to win that,” Blake said. “But Justin dug down, knowing that this was his last chance and he did it.”
Later, Blake got major pushback from Adam after choosing country singer and marching band member Holly Tucker, who performed “Live Like You Were Dying,” over Luke Edgemon, who performed a smooth, jazzy version of “Teenage Dream” that both Adam and Shakira loved.
“Let me explain why you’re an idiot,” Adam told Blake after his pal sent Luke home. “He’s a whole unique thing. He’s original, he’s different.”
“He has a point,” Shakira said.
Blake also paired country ingenue Danielle Bradbery, 16, against former gymnast and aspiring pop star Taylor Beckham, 17, because he felt the young singers both have a "confidence issue." Yet Danielle, who never performed in front of an audience before the show, gave a rousing version of "Jesus, Take the Wheel," which wowed the judges more than Taylor's performance of "Russian Roulette."
"What really blows my mind about Danielle is she never seems nervous," said Shakira.