‘The Voice’ voters go straight down the middle with disappointing first season 22 live results

Bryce Leatherwood, Sasha Hurtado, Kevin Hawkins and Kate Kalvach await their fate on 'The Voice' The top 16 live results from Season 22 are shown.  (Photo: NBC)

Bryce Leatherwood, Sasha Hurtado, Kevin Hawkins and Kate Kalvach await their fate in ‘The Voice’ Season 22’s top 16 live results show. (Photo: NBC)

brought on tuesday The voice Season 22’s top 16 results show – the first live results show of the season – and for the first half of the episode, there were few surprises. To my credit, I correctly predicted 10 of the top 12 entrants, albeit with a slightly different order of votes for John Legend’s team.

It wasn’t until it came time to fill the last spot of the top 13 round – via a real-time, audience-voted Instant Save sing-off among the remaining four contestants – that the episode became unpredictable.

So early in the night, host Carson Daly explained that each team’s two vote-pickers, based on Monday’s top 16 performances, would go ahead, after which each coach would save a third performer. For Team Blake, America voted for alternative singer-songwriter Bodie and country heartthrob Brayden Lape, as I predicted, though it was a bit of a surprise when Blake Shelton then chose to save teen pop singer Rowan Grace from “straight down the middle” . country crooner Bryce Leatherwood, who had been Blake So definitely would make the top 13. But Blake revealed that he strategically based this decision on “who had already gone through,” so perhaps he thought Bryce and Brayden would cancel each other out in future votes. Or, maybe, just maybe, Blake was so simple he was sure (spoiler alert) Bryce could win the Instant Save.

For Team Legend, America rightfully voted through deserving teen diva Parijita Bastola (as I predicted) and rock showboater Omar José Cardona (John was right about that result; I was wrong). John then saved “The Velvet Powerhouse,” Kim Cruse of course – and since I had assumed America would vote for Kim’s dynamic cover of Aretha Franklin, Team Legend’s top three actually ended up as I predicted anyway.

As for Team Gwen, America voted for new-school song stylist Kiqué (he seemed shocked, but I certainly wasn’t) and old-school soul bander Justin Aaron, just as I called it. It also came as no surprise when Gwen Stefani rescued her beloved mini-me “muffin”, 19-year-old pop star Alyssa Witrado – although her recently stolen contestant, Kevin Hawkins, with whom she clearly shared a less close bond, had the vocals on Monday. stronger performance.

And that left new coach Camila Cabello and her team. America (and I) got it right by choosing country-rock badass Morgan Myles and cool cat Devix, and while I was pleased (and not surprised) that Camila played dynamite showman Eric Who, aka the self-proclaimed star of The Eric Who Showmy heart went out to former front-runner Kate Kalvach, whose performance on Monday had been derailed by technical difficulties that were in no way her fault, which she had handled like a true professional.

But all was not lost for Kate – or for Team Legend’s Bryce, Kevin or Sasha Hurtado – as they chanted for redemption and a wild card spot in the top 13, all tunes of their own choosing. I thought Bryce going with “Let Me Down Easy” – the Billy Currington song, not the Chris Isaak song, which would have been much more interesting – was an odd choice for a save-me song. It was hardly a vocal showcase and the feeling seemed almost defeatist, like he’d been expecting to go home. I thought this, plus the fact that he sang in first place, meant that Bryce would go home. But (spoiler alert) I should never have underestimated this show’s devoted country/Blake fan base. “I wasn’t too stressed about putting Bryce in this situation,” Blake claimed.

Sasha’s cover of Sia’s “Elastic Heart” was a great battle song, and her coach John told her, “I loved that you chose this song about resilience!” It was a tricky song, very long winded, and there were times when Sasha clearly struggled to keep up, but she really succeeded at the end as her confidence grew. It probably wouldn’t be enough to save Sasha from elimination, but John praised her for “never afraid of the moment – you always rise to the occasion.”

And so it looked like it would all come down to Kevin and Kate. It seemed that way anyway.

Kevin’s choice to play Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” was a risk, albeit an on-brand choice… but man, did he ever pull it off! This was the most exciting performance of the night, a whole atmosphere. It was clear that Kevin really wantedthis win, and he went deeper and deeper into the groove as he worked that flexible falsetto and worked the audience like a true star. And the crowd loved it, even all four coaches gave him a standing ovation. “Wow, the room is exploderaved Gwen, who must surely have wavered her decision to save the undercooked Alyssa instead of the seasoned Kevin. “That was so incredible. Everyone is blown away by you. I can’t even talk, it’s so loud in here right now!”

Kate went last — historically the top Instant Save position — and while Miley Cyrus’ 2010 movie theme “When I Look at You” might not have been the best choice for a fight song, Kate’s performance wasn’t as bold or fiery as Kevin’s, there was no doubt that Kate had the best voice of the night. Her bell-clear tone was beautiful, and this time her redemption performance went off without a hitch. Kate, oh my God! Everyone panicked. I choked. Everybody choked,” Camila gushed. “You have one of the best voices of this entire season.” Later, Camila even stated that Kate had “one of my all-time favorite voices”.

But apparently America disagreed, and voters back home went “straight down the middle” for…Bryce, of course. Bryce actually delivered the weakest performance of these four contestants, but this kind of disappointing result seems to happen every season with Blake’s team; maybe this result wasn’t so unpredictable after all. It will be interesting to see if the average country singer does this well, and gets through this easily, once Blake leaves The voice after season 23.

But in the meantime, the top 13 from Season 22 – including Bryce – will be back next Monday to compete again. See you then.

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