The Voice coach John Legend chose Mandi Castillo over Thunderstorm Artis during Monday’s knockout round episode.
Thunderstorm was then stolen by coach Nick Jonas, and fans think John made a major miscalculation.
Here’s what John and The Voice fans had to say about the controversial decision.
During Monday's knockout round — where two singers from the same team had to perform a solo of their choice, and one was sent home or was stolen/saved by the coaches — fans had a lot to say about the matchup between contestants Mandi Castillo and Thunderstorm Artis. For the battle, Mandi nailed her vibrato-filled rendition of “Stand By Me,” while Thunderstorm opted for a chill and charismatic cover of his coach’s very own song “Preach.”
“Thunderstorm, you have one of the coolest tones I’ve really ever heard,” John told his mentee after his performance. Next, he complimented Mandi, saying her vocals were “flawless.”
“This is genuinely tough for me,” John said as he deliberated between the two. Ultimately though, he went with Mandi. Moments later, coach Nick Jonas swooped in and stole Thunderstorm for his own team.
After John chose Mandi over Thunderstorm, fans immediately expressed their disapproval on social media, declaring that The Voice coach “is going to regret” losing Thunderstorm. What's more, some fans think John just handed over this season's victory to Team Nick with his decision.
John made a huge mistake though because Thunderstorm is going to go a lot farther than Mandi. #TheVoice
— Brookeʬ⁸⁴ (@brookecanary) April 21, 2020
Sorry John! You got it wrong. Thunderstorm is going to be the winner of the Voice, and he will win it with Nick!@johnlegend #TheVoice
— vicki page (@vickirpage) April 21, 2020
That was a bad call by John. Thunderstorm is the one to beat. He has been the standout since the blind auditions. I am so glad that Nick was able to steal him. #TheVoice
— Colleen (@jetergirl410) April 21, 2020
— Brian Alexander (@TheBrianAlex) April 21, 2020
Of course, not everyone was disappointed by the choice. In fact, Nick, as fans pointed out, smirked the second John announced his pick. Even coach Kelly Clarkson knew a steal was coming. “I felt it,” she said after Nick pressed his buzzer.
For now, Thunderstorm will remain on the show to sing another day and, hopefully, prove his former mentor wrong. Of course, John made sure there were no hard feelings between them. He tweeted after the show, “That was a tough call! @Thunder_artis @Official_mandiC the pleasure was truly mine to get to coach you both!”
— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 21, 2020
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