Halsey Responds to Backlash After Racy ‘The Voice’ Finale Performance

Kyle Montplaisir
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On this week’s The Voice Finale, pop star Halsey performed her hit single “Without Me.” But after, she received backlash online for the racy performance. 


Since the video isn’t posted to The Voice‘s YouTube, here is a GIF that sums up the performance:

As you can see, the performance featured Halsey and a female dancer, Jade Chynoweth, getting up close and personal in cropped tops and short shorts. For a show that generally skews toward a more conservative audience, this was a shock to some viewers. This performance was very “So You Think You Can Dance”-esque. The dancing was modern and sensual, featuring choreographed embraces and intimacy.

The backlash online started almost instantly. Viewers said it was “inappropriate” for television. Some said they appreciated it, but this was the “wrong forum,” since the show has younger viewers. One viewer even said the hug between the two women was “disgusting.” On top of the viewer criticism, The Voice doesn’t have the clip on their YouTube page or any photos from the performance on their website.


Well Halsey wasn’t here for any of that hate. Here is how she responded:


It is interesting that this happened on the biggest stage, at The Voice Finale. Halsey has been on the show numerous times before too. Even earlier this season, she was the Battles Advisor for Team JHud. And last season, Halsey performed in the Finale with Big Sean. So this wasn’t even her first time at the Finale!

But The Voice has been making many strides toward representation on the show in recent years. In the Season 13 Finale, contestant Chris Weaver performed in full drag with Stephanie’s Child. This was an epic moment and though it caused some controversy, overall it is still being talked about as one of The Voice‘s best bring-back performance of all time. At least to those who weren’t offended by it!

Though you can’t watch her Finale performance on YouTube, if you want to hear Halsey’s new single “Without Me,” here is a clip of her singing it live:

And if you want to see The Voice Finale, you can view the full episode online.

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