‘The Voice’s Jej Vinson is the Most Popular Contestant Online…But Why Isn’t He Winning the Vote?
Jej Vinson was an early favorite on this season of The Voice. After his four-chair-turning Blind Audition, he joined Team Kelly. Since, he has impressed the audience and coaches with each of his performances. But when it came time for the Top 13 results, Jej didn’t get the Public Vote.
So why is it that he didn’t get voted into the Top 13 when he’s so popular online? Let’s take a look at what could be causing this.
To show you just how popular Jej is online compared to everyone else, the views on his videos speak volumes. His performance from last week already has over 900,000 views, while the second closest has even reached 250,000. He has almost quadrupled the second place video! It’s not even close. That video also has 24,000 “likes” and only 840 “dislikes” currently.
On Twitter and other social platforms, his popularity is similar! Talk about his performances is generally much higher than his fellow contestants, with fans praising his musicality and impressive vocals. He also gets the most comments on his videos and they’re usually trending online.
From these metrics, you would think he’s a front-runner to win it all! But when it came time for the Top 8 to get voted through by America, Jej had to be saved by his coach, Kelly, into the Top 13. How can someone with so much popularity online not get the Public Vote?
It’s this simple. A majority of Jej’s fans are international and therefore cannot vote for him on the show. While they can sing his praises online, that doesn’t actually translate to votes here in the US. Jej is Filipino and many of his fans are from the Philippines, which may be causing the gap between their overwhelming support and his vote count.
We’ve even noticed on our site that many of the views on his articles are coming from the Philippines! The Filipino fandom is nothing new either. We experienced it with the TNT Boys on The World’s Best and with Angelica Hale on America’s Got Talent. They are definitely a loyal and outspoken fanbase! But let’s hope they can bring Jej all the way to the end on The Voice.