The west coast once again saves "Rising Star" contestant Dana Williams. She advances to next week's Top 8 performance show.
The West Coast refuses to say goodbye to Dana Williams.
Last week, those watching the tape-delayed west coast broadcast “saved” Williams, who lost her duel with Audrey Kate Geiger on the initial, live broadcast. That save thrust Williams into this week’s portion of the competition.
The second wave of viewers once again offered Williams a reprieve. While her rendition of “Latch” did not earn her a place in the top seven during the first run, it garnered enough support from the west coast audience to keep her in the competition.
Williams, who received an insufficient 60% of the vote during the live broadcast, earned 65% during the tape-delayed airing.
Hopefuls Lisa Punch, Macy Kate, Alice Lee, Megan Tibbits and Sonnet Simmons, who were also vying for that final save, could not match Williams’ vote percentage.
Punch and Macy Kate were closest with 63% and 61%, respectively. Lee, Tibbits and Simmons then followed with respective scores of 42%, 31% and 30%.
Save for Lisa Punch and Macy Kate swapping positions, the bottom six contestants ranked on the west coast as they did on the east coast.
That congruity was largely true of rankings for the entire group of thirteen contestants. The only other glaring difference is that the west coast did not believe Audrey Kate Geiger warranted a place in the next round. While she ranked seventh with 65% of the vote during the first broadcast, she landed in ninth with just 62% from the west coast. Dana Williams and Lisa Punch both earned more support from west coast viewers.
Geiger’s spot in the next round was not, however, up for reconsideration. She indeed advances, alongside Dana Williams, Shameia Crawford, Joshua Peavy, April Lockhart, Maneepat Molloy, Jesse Kinch and Austin French.