Rising Star’s Dana Williams Wins West Coast Save

Insofar as they received the same exact vote percentage during the live broadcast, “Rising Star” contestants Dana Williams and Karen Horsnby had every reason to believe their race for the west coast “save” would be a tight one.

It absolutely was.

But when all was said and done, it was Williams who received the opportunity to advance to the quarterfinals of ABC’s music competition series.

Williams, who received 67% of the vote during the initial broadcast, garnered an improved 69% from those watching the tape-delayed west coast feed. Hornsby received the same 67% from the first set of viewers but only garnered 66% during the second run.

Impressive about Williams’ victory is that she only received a 7% vote boost from two of the three experts. Brad Paisley opted not to support Williams but joined Kesha and Ludacris in voting for Hornsby.

Not enough to help Hornsby earn the save, the experts’ support was also not enough to give her the edge in her Duel with Joshua Peavy. Peavy, who did not receive a vote from Kesha, earned 75% of the support pie during the first broadcast and 74% from west coast viewers.

Williams, meanwhile, was unsuccessful in her Duel with Audrey Kate Geiger. Geiger scored 88% of the vote during the first run and 86% during the west coast broadcast.

Morgan Higgins and Unselfish, who lost their Duels with Maneepat Malloy and Shameia Crawford, respectively, were not competitive in their quests for a west coast save. Like those watching the initial broadcast, only 45% of west coast viewers were interested in supporting Higgins. Unselfish, which drew 33% during the first run, received only 30% from the second audience.

Maneepat Malloy, Shameia Crawford, Audrey Kate Geiger, Joshua Peavy and Dana Williams advance to the quarterfinal round. Previously confirmed quarterfinalists include Alice Lee, Lisa Punch, Megan Tibbits, Jesse Kinch, Macy Kate, Sonnet Simmons, April Lockhart and Austin French.

That round begins next week.

Written by Brian Cantor

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