Matthew Schuler Eliminated as Wolpert Wins Last “The Voice” Save

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When it comes to “The Voice”‘s instant save, lightning simply refused to strike twice

For the third time this season, the contestant who received the prior week’s Instant Save was eliminated from the competition.

That reality meant that one-time frontrunner Matthew Schuler, who survived last week’s trip into the bottom three, was unable to reach the semifinals.

The audience instead used its final instant save on fellow bottom two member James Wolpert. Wolpert, who has also been hailed as a frontrunner at various points in the competition, slipped into the bottom group after Monday’s renditions of “Fell in Love with a Girl” and “I’d Do Anything For Love.”

Schuler, who was eliminated from the competition, performed “Story of My Life” and “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

Last week, “The Voice” waved goodbye to Ray Boudreaux and Caroline Pennell, the latter of whom received the preceding week’s Instant Save. That week, original Instant Save winner Kat Robichaud and Austin Jenckes were asked to leave the competition.

Five semifinalists remain after Tuesday’s elimination. Three–Tessanne Chin, James Wolpert and Will Champlin–represent Team Adam Levine, while Jacquie Lee and Cole Vosbury represent Teams Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton, respectively.