Johnson is Coming Home

After two live performances Monday and Tuesday on NBC’s “The Voice,” Cedarville grad Brian Johnson is headed home to Cleveland. America’s votes weren’t powerful enough to send Johnson into the top 10 of the competition.

Johnson performed Sting’s “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” before the nation Monday night, but he wasn’t wearing his signature hat. Regardless, Johnson had the audience on their feet and was praised by the four coaches.

“Man, I’m running out of good things to say to you, dude,” Coach Blake Shelton said Monday.

Johnson’s coach, Adam Levine, said Johnson had conquered vocal issues he had in rehearsals.

Yet, when America voted after his performance, the lack of votes left Johnson in the bottom three artists of the top 12 during Tuesday’s live results show. Teammate Deanna Johnson and Mia Zanotti, a member of #TeamPharrell, joined Johnson in the bottom three.

These three contestants sang an additional song to try and save themselves from being sent home. Johnson sang Lonestar’s “Amazed,” this time performing with his hat on, and had the audience and coaches alike on their feet.

Levine said Johnson was worthy of America’s instant save Twitter vote because Johnson has talent.

“It’s a crazy show, because the fact that this guy is up here singing to try and save himself is crazy. This guy is talented,” Levine said.

He also reminded America that the point of the competition is to vote for the contestant with the best voice.

“You’re voting for a voice,” Levine said. “This kid, I don’t care who’s team he’s on, he’s amazing. So vote for this guy.”

And so America – and Cedarville – did. With the instant save, viewers could tweet and retweet #VoiceSaveBrian for only five minutes to “save” Johnson from going home.

Even moms got the point.

With just about one minute left of the Twitter save, Johnson and teammate Deanna were tied with 35 percent of the votes. But, when voting closed, Johnson fell behind.

Deanna heads to the top 10, which will perform 8 p.m. April 20 on NBC, but Johnson and Zanotti are heading home.

Still Johnson has received much support from fans across social media as his time performing before the nation comes to an end – for now.

And as Johnson reflects on his time on “The Voice,” he said he’s thankful.

Cleveland, Johnson’s on his way.

Anna Dembowski is a junior journalism major and managing editor/arts & entertainment editor for Cedars. She likes nearly anything that is the color purple and enjoys spelling the word “agathokakological.”

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