The Voice eliminated its first contestant of the final 12 last night, in an emotional episode for entirely different and much bigger reasons.
Tuesday began with a tribute to Team Adam finalist Christina Grimmie from Season 6, who was tragically shot and killed last summer.
Grimmie's murder at the hands of a deranged “fan” at a concert shook fans to the core nationwide, but none more so than at The Voice.
“As you know, family is very, very important to us here at The Voice,” said host Carson Daly. “And last year we tragically lost one of our own."
"The incredibly talented and beautiful Christina Grimmie."
"Tonight, in memory of our good friend and along with Christina’s family, we’re honored to help announce the Christina Grimmie Foundation."
The foundation, Carson explained, will benefit "those impacted by gun violence, and families just like her own affected by breast cancer.”
The Grimmie family was on hand and clearly moved, even more so when former coach Adam Levine went on to address them directly.
“God, I loved her so much,” Adam told her family.
“I miss her. It is unfair she is not here. We are going to sing a little song. I am going to be singing every word to her in her honor.
"Thank you for being here. Christina, we love you.”
Adam and his remaining Season 12 contestants Mark Isaiah, Lilli Passero, and Jesse Larson then sang “Hey Jude” in Christina’s memory.
After that, The Voice results didn't feel all that important at all, but following The Voice Top 12 performances Monday, it had to be done.
In a bit of a surprise, Lilli survived, while another Team Adam singer, Mark Isaiah, landed in the bottom two with Team Gwen’s Troy Ramey.
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Troy, who may have come in with a slight edge, did not take advantage of it by electing to perform the Dobie Gray classic, “Drift Away.”
He did a nice job with it, but that's the type of mellow song you play in the car that makes you smile and, well, drift away in your mind.
A.K.A. not tweet up a storm for him.
Mark took that opportunity that this left open for him with a rendition of Bruno Mars' “When I Was Your Man” that showed some gusto.
Don't be fooled, he's no Bruno (no one is, but this wasn't close), yet the effort, and pure heartfelt nature of the performance was clear.
Then Adam made a plea to fans:
Levine asked his fans to help out and bring his singer - a family member, like Christina was, and always will be - through to next week.
They obliged. Mark was saved.
Isaiah earned the last-minute reprieve on merit, but perhaps it was fitting that a night which belonged to Grimmie ended on this note.
Christina's life touched so many lives, and Levine was near the top of that list - not a small feat for a bona fide rock star adored by millions.
Her death was senselessly tragic, but in its wake, seeing how much Adam cared about and respected her was a special thing Tuesday.
Watch his moving performance: