I didn’t write about the results last week because I was completely outraged that “America” sent both Amanda Brown and Melanie Martinez home. Not only based on my personal opinion, but also based on the iTunes charts, I thought for sure Amanda was safe over Trevin Hunte and I anticipated a battle for the last spot with Melanie & Nicholas David for the coveted fourth position. But that’s the way these things go, right? “America” voted and decided that Trevin deserved another week instead of Amanda or Melanie. But I’m sure by now you are wondering why I keep placing “America” in quotes. Because my friends, my cynicism is reeling its ugly head and I believe there was some meddling behind the scenes. I can’t prove anything of course, but I do believe that this is the season that The Voice has sold its soul.
I originally loved the premise of the show: Regardless of image or appearance, these superstar coaches were out to find the best VOICES. Even if you don’t like some of their music, as the first two seasons progressed you could tell that all four of them had a great ear for music and knew talent when they heard it. So, what happened this season?
The Talent Was Top Notch: It’s hard to pick who is better when almost all of the contestants are amazingly talented and sound amazing. So, from there, in order to whittle down the field, you have to start looking for the little flaws possible pitch issues in a verse, maybe a flat note here or there, maybe just a poor song choice. But it’s still very difficult to parse those things out when you have standout performances like: Stars (Amanda Brown), More Than A Feeling (Terry McDermott), Who Knew (De’Borah), Blow Me One Last Kiss (Michaela Paige), Cough Syrup (Melanie Martinez) One More Try (Cody Belew). Almost anyone could take the crown in the end. Or so it seemed.
The NBC/Cassadee Pope Project: It was easy to tell from the beginning that Cassadee was going to be the basket that NBC put all of their eggs in. As I have previously mentioned, she is already the lead singer of a pop/rock band, Hey Monday. I can understand that she wants to strike out on her own, and that’s great. But she also freely admits that the band is only on “hiatus”. She came into the competition with a huge fan base (on September 25, before her debut audition on the show she already had 171,000 Twitter followers). She also was featured as the last performer of the night a few times, leaving her fresh in everyone’s minds when voting. Despite pitch problems, bad song choices, and many times straining her voice to hit high or powerful notes, she continues to rank in the top on iTunes and seems untouchable.
She claims that the other contestants are supportive and she doesn’t think she has an unfair advantage, but name recognition can mean everything in the business today. Her social media following alone should be enough to call shenanigans. She is now at 301,966 Twitter followers & counting. Let’s look at her fellow final six in comparison:
She has FIVE TIMES the followers as her next closest competitor left in the Final Four. And that is just HER account and Twitter! There is a “Team Cassadee Pope” Twitter that has 33,738 followers alone (more than Nicholas David on his lonesome!).
Now, again, I’m not saying that Cassadee is not talented. She is. And I even like some of the songs she has done on the show and purchased them. However, she is NOT the one who deserves to win this competition. If it is TRULY about the “Voice” and not about how well you know the business already, then one of the other three finalists should prevail. All three are stronger than her, with MAYBE the exception of Trevin. But that performance of And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going was above almost anything she has done.
To watch the recap of the performances from our Top Four last night, they are below. And at this point? I’m calling it for Terry McDermott to be the deserving winner next week.
- Terry McDermott: Let It Be
- Cassadee Pope: Stupid Boy
- Nicholas David: You Are So Beautiful To Me
- Trevin Hunte: Wind Beneath My Wings
That’s it for this week. Join me on Twitter to chat during the show and look for my update next time as to who survives.
UPDATE Tuesday December 11, 2012 3:10 PM
Based on iTunes Performance, the Top 4 look like this:
- Cassadee Pope (#1)
- Terry McDermott (#2)
- Nicholas David (#4)
- Trevin Hunte (#34)
Looks like a goodbye to Trevin tonight … but stay tuned!