I have a confession. I am having Voice fatigue, and have struggled with it this entire season for some reason. Sure I’m still having computer issues, but I’ve had those before. Same with allergies. I’m taking craft classes one day a week, but last season I raced home and stayed up because I was so excited to watch the show and write the blog.
Then this week. I am ROYALLY PISSED OFF.
If you read any of my Voice blogs in the past, you know that I hate the Twitter save as I find it vastly unfair to those who don’t get to watch the show live. But at least I get to have SOME influence over who stays that week as I can participate the overall voting process.
This week, they basically made ALL the voting one massive Twitter Save. On Monday, every artist sang, grouped by Team. (So, first all of Team Kelly sang, then Team Adam, Team Blake, Team Alicia). They did not have any time for coach comments, which may have been the only thing I liked about the new system. But voting for who you wanted to stay on the team was only open for a few minutes after the team finished their performances. So in essence, there was only a window of a half hour to vote. I still haven’t even learned everyone’s name, so I am supposed to remember who I want to stay even if I was ON fucking Twitter at the time? Hell, on Monday, I WAS STILL AT WORK when the show began. All of it is a big fuck you to literally half the population of the USA, those of us NOT in the East Coast time zone.
On Monday they announced ONE person from each team who was moving on. Then on Tuesday the remaining Team Blake and Team Alicia artists performed, with Team Kelly and Team Adam wrapping it up on Wednesday. Again, the voting period was limited. Fuckers.
This is a HORRID disadvantage to some of the singers. DID THEY NOT LEARN ANYTHING FROM JENNIFER HUDSON’S EXPERIENCE ON AMERICAN IDOL? The week Jennifer went home there was a massive storm and power outage in Chicago and most of Illinois. Back then, no social media and AI did all their voting by phone numbers, if I remember right. Jennifer went home, and there was massive outrage. I firmly believe this may have hurt some of the country artists and the two who sing in Spanish. The large Spanish speaking fanbase in places like California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Arizona didn’t get an opportunity to hear someone sing an entire song in Spanish. PLUS, we are still at the point where some of the people up for a vote didn’t have their all of their performances shown in the past weeks. If you are relying on HALF OF THE COUNTRY to vote on their favorites BASED ON PAST PERFORMANCES, this is distinctly unfair! Hell, there was one guy, Drew Cole, who did “Man in the Mirror” really well, and I didn’t remember him at all! (OK, to be fair? Today I experienced what I think was my first ocular migraine. So that might have had something to do with that.)
I’m sort of ok with who is on the teams. I would have gone on a complete Twitter rampage if my favorite Kyla Jade had been voted off. I love that woman. The growth she shows at every performance is palpable. I am clearly not alone in my fangirl status, as she was the Team Blake person who immediately moved on to next week on Monday. If you don’t watch any other performance, watch her this week. THE RANGE AND POWER SHE HAS IS INSANE. I can’t believe how low she can go. I am not that religious, but I’d go to church if she was the choir soloist.
I’m also thrilled that Britton Buchanan has moved on to the semi-finals. He too got the public’s vote on Monday. This time he played the guitar, and worked that stage like a pro singing Some Kind of Wonderful. I don’t think he’ll necessarily be the ultimate winner, but I want him to stay on as long as he can to show off his mad musical talent.
Oh, I think I forgot to mention that this entire week, the artists picked their own songs. I have no idea if the coaches were still allowed to coach them. I assume so. MAD, MAD PROPS to Pryor Baird. His second song choice? 9 to 5. It was awesome. I think that this is the first time I’ve heard a guy sing it. It is one of my favorite Dolly songs, and Blake was completely right to point out how it is pretty freaking amazing that he sang it in the same key as Dolly!
Looking at the teams now, I think Alicia’s team is the strongest, followed closely by Blake (of course. Seriously, the guy needs to start a record label. Both he and Alicia could have a full on record producing careers, in my opinion. They should start a company together). I think Kelly’s team is the weakest. She was an IDIOT and saved D.R. over Tish Haynes Keyes. Tish’s easy going hilarious stage presence, coupled with her amazing pipes deserved more. Her “At Last” on Wednesday’s episode gave me goosebumps, even though I was still ROYALLY PISSED OFF.
Oh, Adam DID get rid of the Draco Malfoy white hair, but it now looks like he’s in the early stages of growing a porn stache. OH THE HUMANITY!