Will an African-American Woman Ever Win ‘The Voice’ Again? Former Contestant Says No!
After last night’s The Voice Finale, fans expressed their outrage when Kirk Jay and Kennedy Holmes finished third and fourth. The two four-chair turners were frontrunners all season. Yet somehow, they didn’t even finish in the Top 2, despite massive support from fans online, speculation one of the two would probably win, and rankings on the iTunes charts. And coincidentally, they were the two African-American artists remaining in the competition.
Similarly last season, the two African-American women in the Finale, Kyla Jade and Spensha Baker, finished in third and fourth behind Britton Buchanan and winner Brynn Cartelli. Are you starting to see a trend here? Whether you think the voting is solely based on talent or not, it is an odd coincidence.
TSoul, a contestant on Team Blake in Season 12, pointed this out on The Voice‘s Instagram page. And many fans had thoughts on whether his comment was valid or not! Here’s what he posted on a photo of the Top 4:
TSoul commenting, “I’m convinced Whitney Houston herself wouldn’t win The Voice. lol” says a lot about the show. And whether or not you agree, let’s look at the facts.
In 15 seasons, The Voice has had four African-American winners, including only one female. These were Javier Colon in Season 1, Jermaine Paul in Season 2, Tessanne Chin in Season 5, and Chris Blue in Season 12. So there have only been two African-Americans to win the show in the past 13 seasons. And ONE black woman in all 15 seasons has won. That is insane by any standards!
Whereas American Idol has had a number of black female winners, like Fantasia Barrino, Jordin Sparks, and Candice Glover, and standouts like Jennifer Hudson and LaToya London, The Voice voters haven’t shown as much love. And now, more and more fans are starting to notice. With artists like Judith Hill, Sasha Allen, Sisaundra Lewis, Kimberly Nichole, India Carney, Koryn Hawthorne, Ali Caldwell, Wé McDonald, Keisha Renee, Kyla Jade, and now Kennedy Holmes and Kymberli Joye on the show, the list of black women with the voice and potential to win goes on. But it seems to go unrewarded.
Fans had a lot to say about TSoul’s comment as well. There were almost 200 responses to his note in less than one day! But the general consensus was honestly agreement. Some fans said that race is irrelevant here, that Chevel and Chris were simply more talented, but overall the trend is what is concerning. It’s not just this season’s results, or last season’s. It’s the fact that in 15 seasons, only one black woman has ever won the competition. How is that possible, especially with the level of talent artists like Kennedy Holmes bring to the show?
TSoul further clarified his earlier comment saying:
“I didn’t say this bc I thought Chevel shouldn’t win bc anyone in the Top 4 could have won and deserved it. I just have seen so many Black Girls who are amazing lose. The country ones, the gospel ones, the pop ones. Seems impossible even if you are the complete package. You will always be outvoted.”
It’s a sad truth here! Whether or not it is truly a race thing, it is impossible not to notice. Even earlier this season, SandyRedd was eliminated at both of the first opportunities for America to vote. This was despite getting four chairs to turn in her Blind Audition and being a solid performer and singer all season.
As TSoul said, it seems like no matter what they do, black women cannot win this show anymore. But maybe America will prove us wrong when The Voice returns for Season 16 on February 25th with new judge, John Legend!