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'The Voice' - Shocking results
May 2, 2012 - April Diodato
As if we needed more proof that the American public cannot be trusted to vote in the right candidate.
On Tuesday night's results episode of “The Voice,” the judges' scores were combined with viewers' votes to determine the final four. What is really unfortunate is that only one singer from each team could continue on to the final sing-off, since the two strongest vocalists happened to be on the same team (Team Cee Lo). At this point, I wish the rules could have been circumvented in order to keep Jamar Rogers and Juliet Simms.
What is also lamentable is that some of the weaker contestants made it to the finals. Tony Lucca over Katrina Parker? Blasphemy! Chris Mann over Lindsey Paveo? Actually, I don't find either of them to be particularly impressive. Paveo gave her best performance on Monday and Mann was finally able to showcase his beautiful, operatic voice, but both singers only do well in their respective comfort zones. Paveo is a coffeehouse singer and Mann belongs in the opera. When they tried to show their versatility in weeks past, it only exposed their shortcomings.
If next Monday's show was going to be a real competition, it should have been (teams aside, based only on talent) Jamar Rogers, Juliet Simms, Katrina Parker and Jermaine Paul. Erin Willett was a close fifth.
Now, as long as she doesn't let her nerves get the best of her, Simms is the clear frontrunner. However, if she is not at her best on Monday, Paul could win it. He seems completely at ease onstage - surely benefitting from his years of experience as a backup singer - and I'm not sure I've heard him sing a bad note yet.
May the best vocalist win!