Adam Levine was stuck on the sidelines on “The Voice” final on December 17. Without an artist in the Top 4, he was reduced to making comments while the other three coaches — Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton — each took to the stage to do duets with their would-be winners. That Blake had two acts in contention for the season 15 title while Adam had none must have really rankled the Maroon 5 frontman.
You see Blake has won the show twice as many times as Adam (6 to 3) in their first 14 seasons on the show. The most recent of those victories for Blake was in season 13 when Chloe Kohanksi prevailed over Levine’s last top 4 finalist, Addison Agen. He could well claim his seventh title on Tuesday.
This is the second season in a row that Adam didn’t even have an artist in the Top 4. He fell short when his last act, Reagan Strange, was eliminated last week. Reagan was denied a place in the final four when she lost the Instant Save to one of Jennifer Hudson‘s artists, Kennedy Holmes.
That Reagan was even in the Top 8 was controversial, as she hadn’t taken part in the previous week’s Instant Save due to illness. That was when Adam threw one of his other artists, DeAndre Nico, under the bus and urged viewers to save Reagan instead.
The backlash against Adam’s actions could well have kept Reagan making the final. He hasn’t had an artist win “The Voice” since season 9 (Jordan Smith). That was just the third win for Levine, following on those of Javier Colon (season 1) and Tessanne Chin (season 5).
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That has to hurt, especially as his archrival, Blake Shelton, has two of the four finalists (Kirk Jay and Chris Kroeze). Shelton has won a whopping six times so far.
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