“I don’t know what America was thinking”

Final four contestants Eric Who, Alyssa Witrado, Devix and Kiqué await their fate in ‘The Voice’ season 22 top 13 results show. (Photo: NBC)

Brought Tuesday The voice show of top 13 results, which determined the all-important top 10 this season. Earlier in the evening, host Carson Daly explained that nine contestants would be voted on, based on Monday’s top 13 performances, after which the remaining four singers would vie for last place via a real-time instant save as voted by the audience. .

On Monday I predicted that among the final four would be Team Camila’s Eric Who, who drastically toned down his usual colorful and flamboyant stage presence and consequently got lost in the shuffle; Team Gwen’s Alyssa Witrado, who was actually never supposed to make the top 13 in the first place; and Team Gwen’s actually most promising and only team member, Kiqué, who disappointingly played too confidently and straightforwardly with a bland karaoke cover by Stevie Wonder this week. And I was right about all three.

However, I had also thought that Team Blake pop singer Rowan Grace, who I thought had really tinkered with her ABBA cover, would also be at risk. But I should have accounted for Blake Shelton’s rampant popularity among the loyal Voicespectators. Rowan survived, thus making Blake the only manager of the season to have all four of his playoff semifinalists live in the top 10. If you’re doing the math, that means Team Blake now comprises 40% of Season 22. L man is simply unstoppable, that is until he stops and retires The voice next year. I’ll be curious to see how the show’s voting patterns change once Blake is no longer a variable in season 24.

But… back to this season. A season 22 contestant I absolutely did Not Concern reportedly in jeopardy this week was Team Camila’s beefy alt-rocker Devix electrifyingly slaying an Arctic Monkeys song on Monday – a Voice first! — and in the process has seemingly established himself as an exciting new frontrunner. John Legend had told Devix that “RU Mine?” it was “the right song for who you are as an artist and singer”; Proud coach Camila Cabello raved, “You’re gone superstar on this!”; and even former and current KROQ DJ Voice host Carson Daly expressed his approval, telling Devix: “Thank you for bringing rock ‘n’ roll back The voice – a sound and feel we’ve missed for a while!”

But apparently Voice viewers didn’t miss rock on this show, or at least they didn’t miss Britrock. Oh good. And here I was hoping Devix would cover Franz Ferdinand, Cribs, Muse or Kasabian next week.

But there was still hope that Devix would be around next week, and when it came time for him to sing for the Saves, he stuck to the genre he does best, with a rousing performance of “When You Were Young” by the rather Anglophile Killers. .” This performance had less of the darkness, menace and stomp of the previous night’s number – it was anthemic, joyous, evangelical, certainly stadium-worthy – and it seemed that all could not be lost.

“Listen, I don’t know what America was thinking when it didn’t vote for you yesterday,” Camila mumbled. “America, you can redeem yourself now. Redeem yourself! … America, you’d be making a big mistake letting Devix go. You want to hear that voice of his in a ballad. You want to hear that voice of his on a really emotional song. You do Not I want to let go of this voice!

But Devix had some stiff competition from Kiqué, this season’s other super cool indie-rock maverick. “I would like Not I want to make this call,” Carson admitted.

At least it seemed clear that America shouldn’t have made the call between Eric and Alyssa. First, Eric sang… “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. Ugh. More like Eric Because, amirita? Eric is a consummate showman, a entertainer, and when he was his absolutely fabulous pastel-haired self, the star of “The Eric Who Show,” he was hilarious to behold. I’m not sure why he felt compelled to go so off-brand this week with his cheesy ballad picks and fashion makeup, but he really sabotaged himself. And I heard he didn’t come out on his terms. When she shakily sang Miley’s “My Faith Is Shaked” line from “The Climb,” it really sounded like it was, and when she finished her song with “I love y’all,” it was clear she knew “The Eric Who Show” was over. And it was a shame.

As for teen pop star Alyssa, she bubbled up age-appropriate Billie Eilish’s “Ocean Eyes” and it was actually one of her strongest renditions — certainly better than Selena’s volatile, almost blasphemous cover on Monday – more vulnerable and connected, and more suited to her thin voice. But it was still a raw and incoherent performance, indicating that she might have been better off waiting to audition for The voice in one or two seasons.

Returning to the theme of redemption, Kiqué hoped to redeem himself hehimself, since after delivering some of the most sinister and creative performances this season (radical remakes of OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” and Harry Styles’ “As It Was”) Monday fumbled and stumbled with a generic and old fashioned performance. So, Kiqué left him moan on the Weeknd’s Fifty Shades of Gray “Earned It” theme – and if he earned it, that’s good. It was 50 Shades of Great: an extremely confident and sexy voice.

“Obviously, Kiqué is going through, America. right?” pleaded Gwen Stefani. “I want to remind everyone that this is a 19-year-old boy; He has a manvoice. … I feel this is a mistake, America. We have to let Kiqué through.”

And so, after the commercial break and a five-minute voting window, America heeded Camila and Gwen’s pleas and bailed out… Kiqué. I really couldn’t argue with that decision, and I’m glad Kiqué got a break. But Devix should have never he was in the bottom four to begin with, not when he was just starting to come out of his shell and break the mold.

“Devix, whatever happens tonight, I just think you’re a great talent,” Camila assured the 28-year-old Queens rocker just before she learned of her fate. “I want to hear your songs in my car. I just think you are such a talented musician. You had to do this. Thank you for being vulnerable and open with me.

Let’s hope this isn’t the last we hear of Devix. In the meantime, the top 10 will compete next Monday, and hopefully Kiqué will learn from this week’s close call and come back to taking chances and flipping the script — or Kiqué-doing — some more out-of-the-box song choices. See you.

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