Adam Levine did the unthinkable during Tuesday’s Top 10 results episode of “The Voice” by choosing sides between his two artists in the bottom, throwing DeAndre Nico under the bus in favor of Reagan Strange, who was too sick to perform for the instant save. And that’s when Kelly Clarkson swooped in and proved why she’s the best coach ever. “You know what, guys? I have been these contestants before,” Kelly declared after an agonizing commercial break in which the whole country seemed to turn on the Maroon 5 singer. “I know Adam and his heart and I know he loves his team. He feels really bad for Reagan. But I just want to say, DeAndre, you sang the hell out of that song!”
The audience erupted in wild applause, as it was clear that Kelly was trying to make the young artist feel better after being betrayed on live television by his own coach. Over the shouts of the crowd, Kelly continued, “I know it’s so horrible that Reagan is not able to present herself, and I know that’s where [Adam] is coming from, so please know that. He’s bummed for her. Everybody did a fantastic job tonight. A really great job.”
The truth is, Reagan is such a popular artist (earning the most-streamed boost two weeks in a row) that she likely would have won the instant save whether or not Adam had stomped on DeAndre. The on-screen graphic showed that Reagan and DeAndre were virtually tied at 38%, while Dave Fenley came in closer to 24%, so it’s quite possible that Adam’s words had a reverse effect and earned DeAndre even more sympathy votes than he would have otherwise gotten.
Because Reagan was too sick to perform, she watched from the sidelines as DeAndre and Dave sang their instant save songs of “All of Me” and “Amazed,” respectively. It’s strange to think that “The Voice” producers don’t have a contingency plan in place in the event an artist is unable to perform a “save-me” song. Should they have re-aired one of Reagan’s older performances, or maybe shown a pre-taped song from dress rehearsal? Discuss down in the comments section.
Kelly rose to fame as the first-ever winner of “American Idol” back in 2002. Since then, she’s gone on to become one of the most successful reality TV champs of all time, winning three Grammys and joining “The Voice” as a coach in Season 14. Kelly debuted her new single “Heat” on Tuesday night to rave reviews. Heading into next week’s Top 8 show, Kelly still has three artists in the running to win Season 15: Sarah Grace, Kymberli Joye and Chevel Shepherd.
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