“The Voice” semi-final results show, a/k/a the bloodbath shaved half the singers from the stage in an hour, including three who fought for the last spot in the four-person final group. From eight to four in very emotional circumstances and at the end of the night, Team Adam Levine had two of his three still left standing.
At least 5 of the semi-final performances were stellar and competition was the tough, but votes at this point in “The Voice” season 11 aren’t really about who sang the best that night. This is about who fans want to win, having fallen in love with singers over the course of an entire season. If it weren’t, there would be a very different final four ready to perform next week.
Levine’s Billy Gilman was the first singer announced as saved by America’s votes in the previous 24 hours, then Sundance Head from Team Blake, followed by We McDonald from Team Alicia.
That left five contestants to stand on stage for what we maintain is the most brutal of public eliminations, the announcement of three singers out of the five to sing for their supper and hope for the Instant Save. Host Carson Daly says that the two left out garnered the fewest votes, and while we all know that in theory, it’s just a little more of a zing when it’s said out loud.
The five were: Ali Caldwell and Aaron Gibson (Team Miley), Christian Cuevas (Team Alicia) Brendan Fletcher and Josh Gallagher (Team Adam). Left standing were Caldwell, Cuevas and Gallagher. Fletcher had finally come into his own in the previous two weeks, including what we considered the show-stopper of the semi-final performance show, the duet with Ali Caldwell singing “It’s Only Love”.
Caldwell and Fletcher deserved to make it to the Instant Save portion of the show, but only one did. America decided that country singer Josh Gallagher would be taken from Team Adam over Fletcher. That’s a damn shame in our opinion. If you’re looking for odds of winning, it’s difficult to think that country music fans won’t choose the very old-school and versatile Sundance Head over Gallagher when push comes to shove.
There’s a clear hole in the middle of the final four contestants where Fletcher would have fit neatly. Gilman is this season’s Alisan Porter with a big voice capable of singing standards, pop and some crossover country. We McDonald is a force of nature and a unique talent with a wheelhouse in R&B and gospel. Sundance is the real deal for country and blue grass folks.
So fans of “The Voice”, are you happy this morning or disappointed?
“The Voice” airs its final shows for season 11, beginning the week of December 12 on NBC, beginning Monday night Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT Image/video credit: NBCUniversal, used with permission