The Voice has been doing its best to keep this season going despite the coronavirus pandemic, with at-home performances and even a live save. However, fans still have familiar complaints about the fairness of the format.
Starting last week, the show introduced the Instant Save vote to allow viewers to choose a Wild Card artist to move on. It’s a familiar aspect of the competition, but West Coast fans say it’s unfair to them.
‘The Voice’ Fans Say Instant Save Is Unfair
The show airs live on the East Coast, meaning viewers in that time zone can see the last-chance performances and vote during the five-minute window to decide who should move on. However, West Coast fans don’t see the show until three hours later.
Many viewers say it’s unfair that they can’t participate in the Instant Save — at least not in the same way. As one Twitter user pointed out, West Coast fans can still vote for their favorites during the Instant Save window. However, they’ll have to do so without seeing the performances, and it might be difficult to predict when the vote is open if the show isn’t on.
While some viewers might have ride-or-die faves, others might wish to hear the performances before voting. And if their favorites aren’t up for the Instant Save, it’s likely they’ll want to experience the performances to make an informed decision.
Unfortunately, the only way to completely avoid this issue is to either run the show live on both coasts, or to eliminate the Instant Save. Even if all the performances were made available to view online before the vote, West Coast viewers might not have enough time to watch them all before the voting window closes.
Some Fans Don’t Like The New Virtual Format
The Voice Instant Save isn’t the only aspect of the show that fans have a problem with. Some viewers can’t get down with the new virtual format, while others think the competition is going by too fast to be fair to contestants.
Unlike American Idol, this week’s The Voice results aired live, leading to some technical awkwardness as contestants appeared virtually. It’s certainly a far cry from the glitzy shows we’re used to seeing, with an applauding crowd and emotional send-offs.
It might also seem like this season is going by too quickly. The season finale is set for next week, after three weeks of live shows. One Twitter user pointed out that this compressed format leaves little room for error among the contestants, and less time for growth.
Last week, the competition was reduced from 17 to 9, eliminated half the contestants in one go. To be fair, this has nothing to do with the virtual format. The show already planned to only have three weeks of live shows this season, as John Legend explained in March.
What do you think about the show’s current format? Is it unfair to West Coasters? Do you like the virtual performances? What about the reduced live shows? Let us know in the comments!