Season 1 Episode 8 Week 8: The Quarter Finals

08/11/14 Season 1 TV-PG

It’s finally time for the Rising Star Quarter Finals as the remaining eight performers left in the competition tried to pull out all the stops to win your votes and move on! As always, our host Josh Groban welcomed us back to the stage—and even gave us a peek at this week’s sock fashion!—performed introducing the three experts. Once again, Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris tackled the enormous job of helping you, the viewers at home, separate the best of the best. But, as always, the final verdict was yours. So who did you save and who did you send home? Let’s get right to the results!






Eastern Score

West Coast Score

Joshua Peavy


 Yes  Yes  71%  67%

Dana Williams


 Yes  No   57%   60%

April Lockhart*


 Yes  No  27%  30%

Maneepat Molloy


 Yes  No  46%  55%

Audrey Kate Geiger

Yes  Yes  Yes  85%  85%

Austin French


 Yes  Yes  89%  86%

Shameia Crawford*


 Yes  Yes  54%  54%

Jesse Kinch


 Yes  Yes  88%  88%

*Eliminated This Week

• The night got off to a rockin’ start with Joshua Peavy performing the classic “American Woman.” All three experts were feeling the performance, but the viewers at home were a little less sure, giving him 71% of the vote, his lowest scoring performance in the competition so far.

• Next up was the embattled Dana Williams singing “Human” by Christina Perri. Dana had to rely on some west coast saving to keep her in the competition so far, so she had to know how important this performance was. But with only 57% of the vote and a “no” from Luda, things weren’t looking good.

• Young indy rocker April Lockhart took the stage next with the Cyndi Lauper classic “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” But the performance got a tough reaction with both Brad and Luda voting “no” and only 27% of the vote from the fans.

• The youngest performer in the competition, Maneepat Molloy, was up next with Elton John’s “Your Song.” Once again, Brad and Luda voted “no,” but Maneepat scraped together 46% of the vote to at least put herself in contention.

• With one of the most unique voices in the competition, Audrey Kate Geiger hoped to stand out with her performance of “New York State of Mind.” And boy, did she ever?! With three “yes” votes from the experts and a total of 85% of the vote, Audrey locked in a spot in the Semi-Finals!

• Newlywed Austin French hit the stage next with “House of the Rising Sun.” And rise the house did—so did The Wall, by the way—as Austin once again brought a command performance and locked in a spot in the Semi-Finals with 89% of the vote!

• Vocal powerhouse Shameia Crawford was up next with Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper,” and was clearly hungry for a spot in the next round of the competition. All three experts were on-board, but with only 54% of the vote, her position was a bit tenuous.

• Closing out the night once again was Jesse Kinch, this time with the classic “Money (That’s What I Want).” He brought the axe, he brought back-up singers, he brought the swagger and he brought the votes. 88% of the vote locked him into the Semi-Finals!

• With one person to save, it was up to the west coast to determine if April Lockhart, Maneepat Molloy or Shameia Crawford would move on. After some intense voting on the west coast, young Maneepat Molloy was saved!

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