Vanessa Ferguson Earned Her Save on The Voice Fair & Square
The semifinals are nearly here, giving the cream of the crop on The Voice just a few more chances to show us why they deserve to be crowned this season's champion. Tonight, eight talented artists overcame a huge hurdle on their journey toward victory, but one had a more nerve-wracking path to finals than the others: Vanessa Ferguson.
It's always been clear that Ferguson is destined for greater things. This was evident right away during the blind auditions, when she stood out with her compelling rendition of "Don't Let Me Down." She's shown extraordinary growth throughout the entire season, and we think that she deserves to continue on with the show for at least one more week.
The competition is tough this season, however, so there was never any guarantee of even an artist of Ferguson's caliber making it to the semifinals. She's had to fight every step of the way, and that's exactly what she did tonight when she was placed in the bottom three.
We don't think Ferguson should ever have been at risk of elimination, but that's another story. She made the most of the opportunity to show America what she has to offer. Her song selection was perfect for the occasion: "For Once in My Life" by Stevie Wonder. While Lilli Passero and Mark Isaiah clearly demonstrated why they made the Top 10 in the first place, they just weren't as consistent or as compelling as Ferguson. It would be an understatement to say that Ferguson owned the stage.
Viewers clearly agreed with us, because they turned out in droves to vote for Ferguson. Their efforts were rewarded, with Ferguson allowed to stick around another week. She would have been thankful regardless of the results, but was clearly happy to receive so much support from her fans.
It's tough for those brought back by the Instant Save to remain in the competition much longer (just look at Mark Isaiah), so Ferguson will need all the help she can get if she is to make the finals. We're confident that she'll rise to the occasion and handle the pressure perfectly, just as she did tonight.