‘The Voice’ Live Playoffs Results: Top 12 Revealed, Scandal Averted
photo: Tyler Golden/NBC
photo: Tyler Golden/NBC
At the start of Wednesday's special results show, host Carson Daly trotted out some buttoned-up fellow in charge of counting the votes (sort of like one of those PricewaterhouseCoopers guys from the Oscars), who explained that there'd been some inconsistencies with text and online votes observed by Telescope, "The Voice's" vote-monitoring company. So guess what? Text and online votes were thrown out this week, and only traditional phone votes and iTunes downloads were tallied. Whaaaaa?
Relax, people. Carson and the PricewaterhouseCoopers-ish man then assured all recount-demanding conspiracy theorists that the results would've been the same regardless, that this little glitch made absolutely no difference, and this was no hanging-chad sort of situation. Okay, then.
Personally, I wish the PricewaterhouseCoopers-ish man had come onstage a week earlier and announced that there'd been some inconsistencies with the coaches' Knockout Rounds decisions, meaning that Grace Askew, Luke Edgemon, Savannah Berry, and Midas Whale all had to come back. But I digress. On to the (possibly-tainted-but-probably-not) actual results…
For each team, two contestants were (supposedly) voted through by America, and then each coach got to save a third contestant to round out his or her team of three. Blake Shelton's results were the first to be revealed, and soon it was apparent that fans of female country singers love them some "Voice." While I'd wondered if Danielle Bradbery, Team Blake's most valuable player, would siphon votes from Holly Tucker, both country girls ended up comprising Blake's top two. That left Blake to choose between the affable Swon Brothers and forgettable country crooner Justin Rivers. Thankfully, Blake made the right call here, and he saved the Swons--making them the first duo in "Voice" history to get to the finals. So Blake ended up with exactly the team I'd predicted...I'd just predicted that it would be the Swon Brothers, not Holly, who'd snag the public vote.
Next up was Team Shakira, and this result was a slight surprise. No, of course it wasn't a surprise that powerhouse Sasha Allen was in the top two--but I didn't expect the somewhat bland Kris Thomas, whose Bruno Mars cover on Tuesday had been such a disappointment, to be Team Shakira's other top vote-getter. Apparently Shakira's wish for the "good guy to win" came true. That left her to choose between Garrett Gardner, a gruff-voiced rocker dude, and Karina Iglesias, a rock diva with one of the biggest sets of lungs on the show. After what seemed like an agonized 17 minutes, Shakira opted to keep Garrett. I understood her decision--Garrett is more marketable (read: cuter), and according to Shakira, he's the one with more potential for growth. I'd actually predicted that Garrett, not Kris, would be in Team Shakira's top two. But it was a shame to see Karina, Season 4's other great rock hope, leave the competition so soon.