Following Monday’s somewhat messy and uneven semifinal showing on The Voice (Mondays 8 p.m. ET on CTV TWO and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV), it was slightly unclear as to who from the list of the eight semifinalists would end up in the final four. Team John Legend contestant Maelyn Jarmon felt like the only lock for next week’s show and unsurprisingly was the first singer announced on Tuesday for the finale. Maelyn was followed by Team Blake Shelton country singers Gyth Rigdon and Dexter Roberts. When it came down to the sudden death elimination, Team Kelly Clarkson’s Rod Stokes, Team Blake’s Andrew Sevener and Team Legend’s Shawn Sounds battled for the final spot, with Shawn assumed to be the winner. And what do we say assuming does? It gives the final spot to Andrew Sevener.
The top three artists to be announced as safe on Tuesday’s show didn’t come as a huge surprise. While Shawn should have earned the second spot behind frontrunner Maelyn, we’ve watched year after year as R&B singers have been passed over for country artists. We saw it with Davon Fleming in Season 13, and we saw it again on Tuesday’s episode with Shawn’s elimination. The middle school teacher has consistently been at the top of the totem pole with each performance and in the past two weeks he continued to rival superstar Maelyn Jarmon for the top spot, with Shawn as seemingly the only singer with a shot at catching Maelyn. Maybe it was the overtly sexual Bruno Mars song. Maybe it was the giant hat. Maybe it was the fact that he doesn’t sing country music. But Shawn’s spot in the Final Four should have been a lock. Shoulda, woulda, coulda, damna.
Also battling for the final spot was Team Kelly’s Rod Stokes, who got off to a shaky start earlier in the evening with his duet with Clarkson. Rod’s Michael McDonald-esque voice has been getting shakier as the stakes of the show have gotten higher, with the singer looking almost relieved to not have made it to the finale. It’s easy to forget that most contestants are plucked from their ordinary lives and thrown onto live TV in a very short time span. Sometimes being the best singer in your church is enough.
The final spot ended up going to country singer Andrew Sevener, who gave his best performance of the season on Tuesday night with “Simple Man.” At least, we think it was his best. It’s such a great song that we almost wondered if we love Andrew’s performance or Lynryd Skynyrd. Both. We love both. While we still think the spot should have gone to Shawn, it warms our cynical hearts to see how much Andrew wants to be on The Voice and how shocked he continually is to be there. And not like Taylor Swift shocked. He’s actually shocked.
In closing, how weird was it that Adam Levine literally said nothing all night? The producers couldn’t have asked him to throw to a commercial or something?
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Watch The Voice finale on Monday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV TWO and Tuesday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. Catch up with new episodes online the day after broadcast.