Jim And Sasha Allen Advance To Top 13 On 'The Voice,' Viewing Party Planned
On Monday, November 8, The Voice had its much-anticipated Live Top 20 Performances. It marked the first time Newtown and the nation could take part in voting for the NBC-TV competition to advance local musicians Jim and Sasha Allen.
Jim shared on his Facebook page on Saturday afternoon that he and Sasha were at stage rehearsals ahead of the live performances. “Each act, including us, will deliver one song,” the November 6 post stated in part. “We’re so grateful to you all for the love and enthusiasm you have expressed.”
During the show, coach Ariana Grande conveyed her admiration for the duo by saying, “Jim and Sasha Allen stole my heart... Sonically I don’t know if there are many groups out there like them.”
She also added how individually they both have special voices, then when they sing together it gives her goosebumps.
A preview montage showed Sasha talking about his experience on The Voice so far, saying, “I can’t even believe this is the universe I am living in right now.”
Jim then shared, “This is so incredibly meaningful for me to be here with Sasha, and I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of who he is.”
Jim and Sasha performed “Hey Jude” by The Beatles. When they began viewers got to see Jim at the piano with Sasha sitting beside him. As the energy of the tune picked up, Sasha began actively moving about the stage.
Coaches John Legend and Grande could be seen on their feet, undoubtedly enjoying the song.
After the lively performance, Legend told Jim and Sasha, “I love seeing this rock star energy you guys are giving us. Both of you are giving it, but I loved when Sasha — when I heard that edge in your voice and that growl in your voice then you got on your knees. I love you just coming into your own as a performer — so confident and possessed on this stage and in control. It was really compelling to watch.”
Grande then poured her heart out saying, “I love you both so much I don’t know where to start. You have no idea. Your performances are always my favorites. I love them so much. I love what you do, I love how you sound, I love how you sing. Sasha you are such a star. Also, you are such a professional and the fact that you sang through…”
“My laryngitis,” Sasha said, finishing her sentence.
Grande continued, “No one would know! That’s what it’s about — you’re incredible.”
America had the opportunity to vote throughout the night and early Tuesday morning. Voting closed at 7 am November 9.
That evening, The Voice aired a live show where only 13 of the 20 artists would make it through to the next round of the competition.
All the singers on Team Ariana stood lined up on the stage, with Jim and Sasha in the middle, awaiting the voting results.
After some suspenseful moments, host Carson Daly revealed, “America saved… Jim and Sasha Allen!”
Hearing the news, Jim radiated a huge smile and his son’s jaw literally dropped. The camera panned to Grande who was in tears and applauding the duo for being safe from eliminations. As Sasha and Jim were exiting the stage, they gave a heartfelt hug to Grande.
Not only have Jim and Sasha taken the world by storm, they have also made their hometown of Newtown extremely proud and excited to watch their journey.
As a result, Edmond Town Hall Operations Manager Sheila E. Torres announced Wednesday morning: “Edmond Town Hall will be hosting a viewing party on Monday, November 15, for Jim and Sasha Allen, since they have made the next round of The Voice.”
Doors will open at 7 pm, and the show on the big theater screen starts at 8 pm. Concessions will be available.
Tickets will be free and required to attended. Tickets are currently available on the Edmond Town Hall website, edmondtownhall.org/event/jim-and-sasha-allen-the-voice-viewing-party.
To watch Jim and Sasha Allen on The Voice, tune in to NBC on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 pm. Also, follow them on Instagram @JimAndSasha.
Reporter Alissa Silber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.