"I don't know what America was thinking"

“I don’t know what America was thinking”

The final four contestants Eric Who, Alyssa Witrado, Devix, and Kique await their fates on the show’s top 13 hits from Season 22 of “The Voice.” (Photo: BNC)

tuesday brought The voice the top 13 results show, which determined this season’s all-important top 10. At the start of the evening, host Carson Daly explained that nine contestants would be voted on, based on Monday’s top 13 performances, after which the remaining four singers would compete for last place via a real-time instant save, voted on by the public.

On Monday, I predicted that among the final four would be Team Camila’s Eric Who, who significantly toned down his usual colorful and flamboyant stage presence and, as a result, got lost in the shuffle; Team Gwen’s Alyssa Witrado, who really shouldn’t have made it to the top 13 in the first place; and Team Gwen’s most promising and unique team member, Kique, who unfortunately played it all too safe and direct this week with a bland karaoke cover from Stevie Wonder. And I was right on all three.

However, I had also assumed that Team Blake pop singer Rowan Grace, who I thought had really fumbled her ABBA cover, would also be in danger. But I should have taken heed of Blake Shelton’s rampant popularity among the faithful Voicethe viewers. Rowan survived – making Blake the only coach of the season to get all four of his live playoff semi-finalists into the top 10. If you do the math, that means Team Blake is now 40% of season 22. The man is simply unstoppable – that is, until he stops and pulls himself out of The voice Next year. I’ll be curious to see how the show’s voting habits change once Blake is no longer a variable in Season 24.

But… back to this season. A Season 22 Contestant I Absolutely Did not worry would be in danger this week was Team Camila’s husky alternative rocker Devix, who thrillingly killed an Arctic Monkeys song on Monday – a Voice first! – and in the process has seemingly established himself as an exciting new favorite. John Legend had told Devix that “RU Mine?” was “the right song for who you are as an artist and singer”; proud coach Camila Cabello raved: “You went Super star on this one!”; and even former DJ KROQ and current Voice host Carson Daly expressed his approval, telling Devix: “Thank you for bringing rock ‘n’ roll back to The voice — a sound and feel we’ve been missing for a while!

But apparently Voice viewers didn’t miss the rock of this show – or at least they didn’t miss the Britrock. Never mind. And here I was hoping Devix would cover a Franz Ferdinand, the Cribs, Muse or Kasabian banger next week.

But there was still hope Devix would be here next week, and when it came time for him to sing for the Save, he stuck to the genre he does best, with a rousing performance. of “When You Were Young” rather Anglophile killers. .” This performance had less of the darkness, menace and stomping of the previous night’s number – it was an anthem, joyful, evangelical, certainly stadium-worthy – and it seemed like maybe all was not. not lost.

“Look, I don’t know what America was thinking when they didn’t vote for you yesterday,” Camila grumbled. “America, you can redeem yourself now. redeem yourself! …America, you would be making a huge mistake letting Devix go. You want to hear his voice on a ballad. You want to hear his voice on a really moving song. You do not I want to let that voice go!

But Devix had stiff competition from Kique, this season’s other super cool indie-rock maverick. “I want not want to make that call,” Carson admitted.

At least it seemed clear that America wouldn’t have to make the call between Eric and Alyssa. First, Eric sang… “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. Ugh. More like Eric Why, friendship? Eric is an accomplished showman, a artist, and when he himself was absolutely fabulous with pastel hair, the individual star of “The Eric Who Show”, he was exhilarating to behold. I don’t know why he felt compelled to go so far off the mark this week with his sappy ballad choices and fashion makeup, but he really sabotaged himself. And I felt like he wasn’t dating on his own terms. When he quavered along to Miley’s “The Climb” line “my faith is shaken,” it really seemed like it was, and when he ended his song with “I love y’all,” it was clear. that he knew “The Eric Who Show” was over. And it was a shame.

As for teenage pop starlet Alyssa, she tweeted the age-appropriate “Ocean Eyes” to Billie Eilish, and it was actually one of her strongest performances — certainly better than the choppy, almost blasphemous cover. Monday’s Selena – more vulnerable and connected, and more suited to her wispy voice. But it was still an undercooked and inconsistent performance, which indicated that she would have been better off waiting to audition for The voice in a season or two.

Back on the topic of redemption, Kique hoped to redeem himhimself, since after pulling off some of the most creative performances this season (radical remakes of OutKast’s ‘Hey Ya!’ and Harry Styles’ ‘As It Was’), he fumbled and stumbled Monday with a credits and old-fashioned performance. So Kique left him lament on the weekend Fifty shades of Grey theme “Won” – and he deserved it, okay. It was 50 Shades of Awesome – an extremely confident and sexy voice.

“Obviously Kique is going through America. Right?” begged Gwen Stefani. “I want to remind everyone that this is a 19-year-old boy; he has a manvoice. … I feel like it’s a mistake, America. We have to get Kique through.

So, after the commercial break and a five-minute voting window, America considered Camila and Gwen’s applications and saved… Kique. I couldn’t really challenge that decision, and I’m glad Kique got a reprieve. But Devix should have never was in the bottom four to begin with – not when he was just starting to come out of his shell and break the mold.

“Devix, no matter what happens tonight, I just think you’re a huge talent,” Camila assured the 28-year-old Queens rocker just before he learned of his fate. “I want to hear your songs in my car. I just think you’re such a talented musician. You were supposed to do this. Thank you for being vulnerable and open with me.

Hopefully this won’t be the last we hear from Devix. In the meantime, the top 10 will face off next Monday, and hopefully Kique learns from this week’s close call and goes back to taking risks and flipping the script — or Kique-fying — some more original song choices. . See you later.

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