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‘I don’t know what America was thinking’


Bottom four contestants Eric Who, Alyssa Witrado, Devix, and Kiqué await their fates on 'The Voice' Season 22's top 13 results show. (Photo: NBC)

Bottom four contestants Eric Who, Alyssa Witrado, Devix, and Kiqué await their fates on ‘The Voice’ Season 22’s top 13 results show. (Photo: NBC)

Tuesday brought The Voice 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 through, based on Monday’s top 13 performances, after which the remaining four singers would compete for the last spot via a real-time, audience-voted, Instant Save sing-off.

On Monday, I had predicted that among the bottom four would be Team Camila’s Eric Who, who drastically toned down his usual colorful and flamboyant stage presence and as a result got lost in the shuffle; Team Gwen’s Alyssa Witrado, who truly should have never made it to the top 13 in the first place; and Team Gwen’s actually most promising and unique team member, Kiqué, who disappointingly played it way too safe and straight this week with a bland Stevie Wonder karaoke cover. And I was right about all three.

However, I’d also assumed that Team Blake’s pop singer Rowan Grace, who I thought really fumbled her ABBA cover, would be at risk as well. But I should have factored in Blake Shelton’s rampant popularity among loyal Voiceviewers. Rowan survived — thus making Blake the only coach of the season to have all four of his Live Playoffs semifinalists make it through to the top 10. If you’re doing the math, that means that Team Blake now comprises 40% of Season 22. The man is simply unstoppable – that is, until he stops himself and retires from The Voice next year. I’ll be curious to see how the show’s voting patterns shift once Blake is no longer a variable in Season 24.

But… back to this season. One Season 22 contestant I absolutely did not worry would be in jeopardy this week was Team Camila’s husky alt-rocker Devix, who on Monday thrillingly slayed an Arctic Monkeys song – a Voice first! – and in the process seemingly established himself as an exciting new frontrunner. John Legend had told Devix that “R U Mine?” was “the right song for who you are as an artist and vocalist”; proud coach Camila Cabello raved, “You went superstar on this one!”; and even former KROQ DJ and current Voice host Carson Daly expressed his approval, telling Devix, “Thank you for bringing back rock ‘n’ roll on The Voice — a sound and feel we’ve missed for a while!”

But apparently Voice viewers weren’t missing the rock on this show — or they at least weren’t missing the Britrock. Oh well. And here I was hoping that Devix would cover a Franz Ferdinand, the Cribs, Muse, or Kasabian banger next week.

But there was still hope that Devix would being around 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 the rather Anglophilic Killers’ “When You Were Young.” This performance had less of the darkness and menace and stomp…



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