When the Instant Save voting was opened, Allsup was leading with 41 percent of the votes, with Gibson trailing at 39 percent. During the five-minute voting window, Gibson’s numbers steadily increased until he was tied with Allsup, both with 40 percent.
Toward the end of voting, votes for Gibson had reached 41 percent, but it wasn’t until he was officially announced as safe that he could breathe a sigh of relief.
Making the semifinals is a huge accomplishment for Gibson, who said just making it to the top 10 was an honor.
“I actually made a bet with someone that if I made the top 10 I would shave my legs,” he said on the show. “I’m a man of my word, so I have to do that.”
Gibson performed a unique arrangement of Elton John’s “Rocket Man” last Monday night.
“I was raised on this kind of stuff. My dad introduced me to this song. Even though he wasn’t very musically inclined, he had a career in the , and he taught me that there really is no obstacle that you can’t overcome,” he said.
Miley Cyrus, Gibson’s coach, said she was happy to see him make such a popular song his own and stay true to himself.
“It’s a classic song but you are doing it your way,” she said. “I love pyro. I freak out when all the smoke happens, but that’s not you. You don’t need the pyro what you need is your guitar and your voice. You chose this song and chose the arrangement because that’s all you want to be is an artist, and that’s why we all commend you and respect you because you are yourself.”
On Tuesday, Gibson performed once again to win the Instant Save vote and sang Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright,” which coach Adam Levine said was his best performance yet.
“What’s great about you is no matter how far you go, I just feel like you are establishing yourself and that will last through the show and after the show,” he said, adding Tuesday that losing Gibson would be a “huge loss.”
Thankfully for Gibson, America saved him from that loss, and Gibson will go on to compete in the top eight tomorrow night.
“I feel really proud and I wouldn’t change a thing to this point,” he said.
In season 10, with eight performs left in the semifinals, four were eliminated before the final round. Viewers can vote through “The Voice” official app, on Facebook or by visiting www.nbc.com/the-voice. Purchases of an artists’ Monday night performance on iTunes will also be counted as a vote. Voting opens at the beginning of the show Monday night and will close at noon Tuesday.
“The Voice” airs on NBC on Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m.