At this point, some people have probably given up trying to figure out what it is about “The Voice” that makes people keep watching. Sure, the criticisms are there, and people go online to protest how their favorite singer was not treated fairly and therefore, they will no longer watch “The Voice.” More than likely, these people probably still watch. Why? Because they are no different than the rest of the viewers who want to see how the whole thing will turn out.
People who watch “The Voice” can probably be put into categories: The casual viewers- – those who do not have a favorite singer, but who cheer for those who seem more talented than the rest. Seasons that do not yield standout performers will not hold the interest of this group. Then, there are the singer-specific fans. These people tend to attach to one singer (usually early on) and are ardent in showing how much they love that singer. When that singer is voted off, those fans are devastated. Next, are the super-casual fans. This group hardly constitutes fans at all. Instead, they just want to see who will win and will judge the show based on how the current season winner compares to other seasons’ winners.
The categories described do not constitute a science. At best, the categories have been derived based on observed voting patterns, fan picks for songs and online commentary. Regardless of the type of fan a viewer is, more than likely he or she is either confused or excited at this season’s turn of events.
“The Voice” and the singers lost this week
A surprise this week that someone (Shane Q) who had earned a four-chair turn during the Blind Auditions was in the bottom three. Unfortunately, his version of “Killing Me Softly” was not what America wanted to hear from him, or at least not in the style presented, and he was voted off.
Also going home this week was Joana Martinez. After seeming to have been destined for such big things on the show, the Team Gwen singer was voted off. She sang “Somebody I Used To Know.”
And, the third of the bottom three, Marybeth Byrd, was the recipient of the Instant Save. Her version of “You Are The Reason” must have touched the hearts of fans, as they opted to save the singer from elimination.
If there are surprises among who has been eliminated from the show, who remains is an even bigger surprise. Among the remaining contestants are the teen duo Hello Sunday. Every week, the 14-year-olds seem poised to be the first duo to win the whole thing. But then, there are Katie Kadan, Jake Hoot and Rose Short, who have been strong contenders since their first chair turns. Short is Team Gwen’s only representative, so there might be a lot of pressure on the singer to deliver a victory-clenching performance.
That is what happened on “The Voice” this week. Regardless of what kind of viewer a person is, everyone who watches is interested in that final outcome, that moment when everyone finds out who is the best singer on this season of “The Voice.”