Last week The Voice‘s Adam Levine set the interwebs on fire during the instant save. He had two members of his team in the bottom three and he chose to talk up Reagan Strange and kind of threw DeAndre Nico under the bus. People were not pleased. This week the show addressed the issue…kinda.
You will recall that Reagan was unable to sing last week due to illness. This is point one of why people were mad: she went through after not singing. DeAndre did sing, however, and really well at that. Needless to say, DeAndre wasn’t happy and later 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.”
But the show wanted to smooth things over. In the VT before Reagan’s solo performance Adam said to her, “It was a strange week. But it’s over now. DeAndre’s my boy. I love him. We talked. It’s all good.” And that was it. No, mea culpa or apology to DeAndre or his fans. At the end of the video DeAndre Facetimes Reagan to wish her luck. Aw.
Look, it’s not that Reagan isn’t talented. I loved her duet tonight with Kennedy, for example. People online have been attacking her and that is NOT cool. She’s just a young girl and if she was unable to sing, that’s how it goes. Now, whether that should have disqualified her is another, though unimportant question. I think the bigger issue was that Adam seems more interested in winning than in what his actions do to his team members. Say what you want, it was crappy.