“The Voice” Eliminates Buzzworthy Dawn & Hawkes, Clarissa Serna

If the show has told you once, it has told you a thousand times: do not crown any “The Voice” contestant a frontrunner prior to the playoffs.

In season four, presumed contender Ryan Innes fell victim to Cathia in the Knockout Rounds. He did not get to compete for America’s vote.

In season five, Holly Henry, who many considered the obvious frontrunner, succumbed to Nic Hawk in the knockout rounds. Despite her popularity and proven success on iTunes, she did not get to compete for America’s vote.

In season six, Dawn & Hawkes emerged as obvious frontrunners when their rendition of “I’ve Just Seen a Face” stormed iTunes. The buzz was not quite as strong for Clarissa Serna, but her “Zombie” also cracked the iTunes Top 100 during a season in which few contestants have managed to even crack the Top 200 for their audition and battle material.

As revealed on Monday’s edition of NBC’s reality series, neither act will be participating in the playoffs.

Dawn & Hawkes, just two performances removed from the number Coach Adam Levine called his all-time favorite, fell victim to Kat Perkins on the KT Tunstall song “Suddenly I See.”

Serna, meanwhile, stood as Dani Moz’ hand was raised after their joint rendition of “Perfect.”

Not all early frontrunners fell during Monday’s “The Voice,” which marked the end of the second round of Battles. Presumed favorites Bria Kelly and Madilyn Page, who battled against each other for a spot on Team Usher, both survived (Kelly scored the victory, but Page survived thanks to a save from Blake Shelton).

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