I have honest-to-God never seen an episode of NBC’s The Voice in my life, but I had so much fun basically reducing all of this season of American Idol to six YouTube videos that I thought I’d repeat the process again for The Voice for others who don’t watch the show.
I do not know all of the “intricacies” of the show, but I do understand that the judges — Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Adam Levin, and John Legend — select contestants who they can coach through the season. There were four finalists, but for the sake of brevity, I’m going to focus on only the winner and the runner-up. Based on their performances, who do you believe should win?
Here’s the blind audition for Maelyn Jarmon, who ultimately selects John Legend as her coach.
Meanwhile, here’s Gyth Rigdon, selected by Blake Shelton (after blocking John Legend). It is my understanding that coaches often vie harder for country singers because country singers do well in the show (presumably because there are more country music fans who watch the show, which I guess speaks to the popularity of Blake Shelton).
In the semi-finals, Gyth Rigdon performed “God Bless the USA,” which has to be maybe the most obnoxiously pandering song to perform on any singing competition, much less one that tends to favor country artists.
In the semi-finals, Maelyn Jarmon performed Rihanna’s “Stay,” and holy shit!
As if it weren’t evident enough that Jarmon should win (as Alejandro Aranda should have won Idol), these finalist performances were all the evidence I needed. Both artists perform duets with other singers with spectacular voices, but only one is equal to their duet partner.
Here’s Gyth Rigdon and Hootie and the Blowfish performing “Hold My Hand.” He’s good, but no match for Darius Rucker.
And here’s Maelyn Jarmon and Sarah McLachlan, and Jarmon absolutely equals McLachlan.
And finally, here is your winner. In this case, the right singer was chosen.
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