If it wasn’t clear before Tuesday night that Blake Shelton and his country mafia have hijacked The Voice, it is now.
Inexplicably, McKinney’s Madi Davis, one of the NBC singing competition’s few remaining original artists and the only Team Pharrell representative, failed to advance to the Final Four. Meanwhile, two of Team Blake’s remaining members secured spots in next week’s finale.
Emily Ann Roberts gave a spirited performance of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 on Monday’s show and earned her ticket to ride, but the fans’ choice of Barrett Baber and his generic southern rock/country vocals over Davis was a gut punch to the show’s credibility.
Yes, he seems like a nice guy and he has a compelling story about surviving a plane crash, but Davis’ memorable performances of U2’s Love is Blindness and a slowed-down version of the Cyndi Lauper classic Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, were simply more deserving of the Final Four.
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Davis’ dismissal provoked some backlash on Twitter: “The fact that you’re not in the finale is a travesty,” said one follower who echoed the sentiments of hundreds more.
In a conference call Wednesday, Davis told reporters she considered singing something more crowd pleasing -- on Monday’s show, she delivered another indelible take on a classic: the Four Seasons’ Big Girls Don’t Cry. But she decided to stay true to herself.
The risk did not pay off.
Davis joked that Team Blake “had the country mafia on his side.” Shelton, who has been a coach on all eight of the previous seasons of The Voice, has won four times, including with Mesquite’s Craig Wayne Boyd.
But the 16-year-old Davis said she was grateful to have made it so far in the competition.
Congratulations, Madi. You will be missed in the finals.