On Tuesday night’s results show of The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/MT on CTV TWO), the Top 10 were narrowed down to eight, with the three bottom singers battling it out for the live Twitter save. Team Blake Shelton’s Dave Fenley was up against Team Adam Levine’s DeAndre Nico and Reagan Strange, with Strange unable to sing due to an illness. What started as an odd situation, with Strange sitting out the performance, got even weirder when Adam abandoned DeAndre to throw his support behind Reagan. Levine’s favouritism worked, with 16-year-old Reagan making it through to the semi-finals. Of all the awkward moments that reality TV has given us, that was one of the worst.
Monday night’s songs were chosen by the coaches, with Adam’s ill-fitting picks landing both his remaining singers in the bottom three. DeAndre gave an impressive performance of Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like,” even though the high-energy song was out of his ballad-driven comfort zone. As for Reagan, the teen singer had been a frontrunner, boasting the most streamed song two weeks in a row, but her place in the bottom three wasn’t a surprise considering her strained and pitchy performance of Faith Hill’s “Cry,” a song that was far beyond the reach of the young performer.
When it was time for the bottom three to sing, DeAndre was the clear winner, with his performance of John Legend’s “All Of Me” not only his personal best, but one of the best performances of the season. That’s when things got weird.
During Levine’s allotted time to compliment DeAndre and petition for people to vote for the Houston native, Levine instead campaigned for Reagan, throwing his support behind Strange. It was a car crash we couldn’t look away from, with DeAndre forced to stand on stage on live television in front of millions of people while a Grammy winning superstar told viewers at home to vote for a singer that hadn’t even performed that night.
“There is an unbelievably talented little girl right now who is not able to fight for her position on this show,” said Levine following DeAndre’s performance. “The thought of breaking her heart by not urging everyone to give this girl a shot to go and redeem herself next week would be too far beneath me.”
Following the commercial break, Kelly Clarkson continued to be the classy queen we love and tried to clarify Adam’s comments, while also commending DeAndre on his performance. It was an attempt to rectify a disastrous situation, but the damage had been done and Reagan, who had not performed as strongly as DeAndre this season, made it through to the semi-finals. Levine may have succeeded in saving his favourite singer, but there’s a good chance he sabotaged Reagan in the process, with viewers enraged over Levine’s decision to throw DeAndre under the musical bus.
🗣 It be ya own!
— A (@Anamenobodygot) December 5, 2018
— windover (@windover) December 5, 2018
#VoiceSaveDeandre????? Wow!!! He totally got screwed! I am a huge Adam Levine fan. But no more after what he said right after that amazing young man sang his voice out! Karma!
— Wendy Renee Trepanie (@WTrepanier30) December 5, 2018
— Jane (@Jane75609043) December 5, 2018
#VoiceSaveDeAndre. This was terrible!! I will not watch The Voice for the rest of the season. Adam Levine Totally screwed up Deandre’s chances.
— Vicki Dugan (@DuganJerz22) December 5, 2018
— DeterminedMommy (@DeterminedSali) December 5, 2018
Adam Levine, that was the most disrespectful action taken by a coach I have ever since on this show, how in the world do you blatantly in front of millions say you are throwing your support to someone who is not performing. Just disgusting, WOW#TheVoice pic.twitter.com/BRev0TQUGx
— Renee (@6a6eaa13bcf0414) December 5, 2018
— Valerie DeFilippo (@ValerieDeFilip4) December 5, 2018
Thanks Kelly for showing what an amazing woman of character you are!! Adam Levine you threw DeAndre under the bus man! I have absolutely no respect for you! This show is so rigged it’s all bull shit!!! Kelly will win again anyway because she has integrity!!!!!!!#voicesaveDeandre
— Rosemarie Thompson (@rosethompson526) December 5, 2018
#VoiceResults Adam Levine crossed the line tonight…and how can you save someone who didn’t perform?
— Kim Keffer (@kimkeffer) December 5, 2018
I interviewed Levine years ago after the first season of The Voice. He was animated about the show, excited to talk about a new space in the reality TV landscape where singers could get a fair shot without worrying about their looks or fear being criticized on national television by celebrity judges. Levine was friendly, giving with his time, and respectful of our discussion, all things I hoped for having been a fan of Maroon 5 for years. That’s why watching him now on The Voice has been especially painful, with each new outburst and acerbic comment making it increasingly difficult be a member of the Adam Levine fan club.
It’s been a slow burn over 15 seasons, with viewers watching Levine go from a supportive and fair coach to someone who appears to be begrudgingly showing up to work each week. A coach since Season 1, Levine’s attitude has noticeably deteriorated, with his ‘good natured’ teasing of fellow coach Blake Shelton getting downright nasty, a repertoire that has become one sided this season as Shelton appears to have grown tired of the name calling along with the rest of us. Levine has also become noticeably more aggressive with the audience, telling the cheering crowd to “shut up” when he’s speaking, more consumed with having his comments heard than letting his team members who have been plucked from obscurity the chance to enjoy their short moments of superstardom.
Following tonight’s stunt, the likelihood of future contestants ever picking Team Adam seems slim. Now with Levine’s latest move, it may finally be time for The Voice to find a new coach to occupy the chair on the end.
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