This has been quite a week of controversy for The Voice! Here’s the short rundown of it. Tuesday night in the Instant Save, Dave Fenley and DeAndre Nico sang for their lives. Reagan Strange, who was also in the bottom three on Team Adam, was sick and unable to perform. When it came time for Adam to give feedback on DeAndre’s Instant Save performance, he instead used his time to advocate for Reagan. Oof.
Since then, The Voice has been receiving a lot of backlash online. From fans talking about who will replace Adam as a coach to viewers questioning Reagan’s ability to sing, everyone has something to say about this. But now, we finally get to hear from DeAndre Nico himself. And, unsurprisingly, he wasn’t too happy.
DeAndre Nico spoke to his local NBC station, 12 News in Beaumont, about the controversy. He said:
“It was just weird. Not being rude, I just feel like he sold me out. And I just don’t respect it, just being honest. We did our job, sick or not. I just got over laryngitis and when I came back, I still sang. It wasn’t none of that anxiety or none of that stuff. I know she’s a little kid but…you could’ve put some words in for me at all. Something.”
And we can’t help but agree with him. We’ve seen plenty of artists overcome sickness on these shows and still perform. As DeAndre said, he himself just got over laryngitis! He also hints that Reagan’s inability to perform was due to anxiety. If that is the case, it makes the whole situation even more difficult. Did she think that performing would hurt her chances of being saved? Could she not even attempt to perform? Yes, we’ve seen meltdowns before in Instant Save performances, most notably when Korin Bukowski had to sing for her life for a THIRD time in a row and could barely bring herself to vocalize, but there has always been a performance. Is this even fair? Is not performing really an option?
Well some other alumni of The Voice had something to say about it too!
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Politics politics politics!!!!! A show which has significantly blessed my life, is the same show that unfortunately tarries in politics 🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️ My fellow contestants and I are not surprised because we always knew how show biz works. However, we are shocked at the transparency because what we have always known to be incognito was done with the purpose of painting a “pretty American picture”. With my package came lifelong friendships, checks, some clout, and music opportunities. I’ll speak for myself when I say that these perks were great enough for me to turn a blind eye to the “sus” moments of my journey. Not to mention, I am a positive person by nature. Having said all that……….. SON!!! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED LAST NIGHT?? All of my fellow voice contestants have been sick, coughing, sent to the doctor (MYSELF INCLUDED 🗣🗣🗣) however we stuck through the storm and took the L over the inevitable. My roommate Spensha was sick for weeks and had our room feeling like a damn Sauna 😭😭😭 Angel was coughing up a lung , Amber always had her organic tea handy…… sis we were all struggling OD! I distinctly remember the evening before I got eliminated from the competition, I was sick and my boo Sharane Went to her hotel room and gave me soup and crackers. I was so grateful and trying to fight. The next morning, I got on stage, sang a dumb song that I did NOT want to sing, selected out of a 200 song list of pop songs I’ve barely heard or subscribe to my culture or style. And after last night, I can’t help but to jump on the bandwagon. If you’re a contestant FIGHT for your position. If you’re a coach, do your analysis from an unbiased perspective. A young kid has PLENTY more years to chase dreams. A young adult is always on their last leg. No artist wants to give up an entire year of their life for a tv show ,quit their job, leave their family and romantic relationships , just for all the sacrifice to be thrown back in their face. Talent over politics. Fair is fair. 🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣 #TheVoice
Miya Bass was a contestant on Team Adam then Team Alicia last season. She was eliminated in the Knockouts. Miya spoke out too by re-posting the video originally posted by Rayshun LaMarr (also on Team Adam last season), saying she and many other contestants were sick during the show’s tapings but powered through because their lives as musicians literally depended on it. Many had quit their jobs, spent time away from their families, etc. to be where they were. So not performing was not an option. Other former contestants chimed in in the comments as well, like Terrence Cunningham, WILKES, TSoul, Dylan Hartigan, and Jackie Foster.
Overall, this was not a good move for Adam. And the internet is making him pay for that! But more than that, poor DeAndre Nico gets eliminated after singing his heart out on another John Legend hit, “All of Me.” He deserved this spot in the Top 8, if not for his talent alone, for his ability to perform.