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Vanessa Ferguson earns instant save on The Voice

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Lilli Passsero, Mark Isaiah and Vanessa Ferguson await their fate on The Voice Tuesday night. (NBC Photo)

Lilli Passsero, Mark Isaiah and Vanessa Ferguson await their fate on The Voice Tuesday night. (NBC Photo)

Vanessa Ferguson landed near the bottom of the voting on The Voice for the first time Tuesday.

But she’ll still be singing in the Season 12 semifinals next week, thanks to a rousing performance of “For Once In My Life.”

She earned the instant save at the close of Tuesday’s show after finishing in the bottom three alongside Mark Isaiah and Lilli Passero, both members of Team Adam Levine.

Lilli was also competing for an instant save for the first time.

Mark had earned Twitter saves the previous two weeks, prompting the ouster of Troy Ramey and Stephanie Rice, both dubious decisions on the part of The Voice fans.

But on this night, those fans got it right. Vanessa was easily the most impressive during the save performances.

Here’s how I rated them.

Lilli Passero (Team Adam): She sang another classic, “Stormy Weather.” So much for hoping for a changeup or something contemporary. This little tune dates from 1933. Lilli turned in a fine vocal, but it’s not my musical taste, and I wonder if it’s going to be popular among Twitter voters. She’s also from California, which puts her at an immediate Twitter save disadvantage because the show isn’t on out there for another two hours. Grade: C

Mark Isaiah (Team Adam): I missed the name of this song (“Sorry”), but two lines in, we have more than enough evidence as to why Mark has long, long, long overstayed his expiration date on The Voice. That was, frankly, tough on the ears. Yikes! It’s not too late to say sorry for subjecting us to all those bum notes. Grade: F

Vanessa Ferguson (Team Alicia): She’ll sang “For Once in My Life,” the best song choice of the three in terms of a good match for The Voice viewership. And Vanessa is well on her way toward showing why she’s most deserving of tonight’s Twitter save. Yep, there should be no doubt after that performance. Clearly, without doubt, the best of the three. Grade: B

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