Despite coaching all 15 seasons of NBC’s reality TV show, it’s been a whopping six cycles since the Maroon 5 singer last won a championship, when Jordan Smith prevailed back in Season 9. The only other two other artists that won from Team Adam were Javier Colon (Season 1) and Tessanne Chin (Season 5). When you take into account that rival coach Blake Shelton has won a record six championships so far, it helps shine a light on why Adam was so willing to throw throw DeAndre Nico under the bus in favor of Reagan Strange.
While a controversial move like Adam’s would have been praised for its cutthroat nature on “Survivor” or “Big Brother,” this is “The Voice” — a show where coaches routinely reap praise on their artists even when they’re completely off-pitch. Positivity is key. Everyone’s a winner. That’s the mindset of “The Voice” coaches and a large portion of the viewership. So it’s not surprising to see this backlash happening for Adam.
There’s nothing against the rules for Adam to play the game, as it were, and side with one artist (Reagan) who he believed had a stronger chance of winning than the other artist (DeAndre). But the fact that Reagan was too sick to perform for the instant save no doubt fueled Adam’s decision, as he incorrectly assumed that the “Strangers” — the nickname given to Reagan fans — wouldn’t vote for her if they didn’t see her perform.
When the on-screen vote totals were revealed, Reagan and DeAndre were shown in a virtual tie at 38%, while the other artist in the bottom three, Dave Fenley, came in around 24%. The fact that Reagan didn’t run the board with the instant save, a singer who previously earned two back-to-back streaming boosts, suggests that Adam’s words may have had a reverse effect and caused fans to cast sympathy votes for DeAndre.
Kelly Clarkson‘s kind words to DeAnre also no doubt helped him receive extra tweets during the voting window. “I just want to say, DeAndre, you sang the hell out of that song!” Kelly told the deflated artist just minutes after Adam stabbed the knife in his back. As we head into Top 8 week, Adam’s desperation to win Season 15 has left a bad taste in the mouth of “The Voice” fans everywhere. Can he ever recover?
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