Well, that was quite the finish wasn’t it? But, you know, the memory of Jermaine Paul’s Top 4 performances on the Monday’s edition of The Voice was nagging at me all day yesterday.
There is no denying – he was outstanding on the Performance Show. Yes, he was melisma-crazy, but, hey, that’s what R&B and Gospel is all about so I cannot fault him there. He left his heart on that stage, more so than any other artist on that particular evening.
This is what I had to say to one of my readers who was baffled by the outcome:
…..one thing to remember. The voting will be skewed in favor of the most popular judge as well.
And Blake Shelton has legions of fans and his likability factor is through the roof.
Hence, it stands to reason that his fans got behind him and made sure that his artist was the top vote-getter. Not that Jermaine did not deserve the win. I think he is a tremendously gifted vocalist.
But there was no way Jose that Chris Mann was going to win this thing. Christina’s bizarre antics all season got in the way of a smooth line to the finish. It’s too bad.
And Adam was playing along with her, so his guy, Tony Lucca, was going no where as well.
So, that leaves Juliet Simms – Cee Lo’sgirl. She was Top 2 which, according to voting protocol, is reserved for female singers only. Heaven help us if she actually won this thing. A Female Win? Never!
Well, Simon has had good results, but he probably pulls strings every which way to achieve them.
I think this summarizes the outcome in a nutshell. These judges have to realize that their words and actions come at a price and, if they do not behave professionally on television, then good luck mentoring your singer to the win.
Also, Blake was on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno a few days before the Top 4 Performance Show, plugging Jermaine and asking the audience to vote for him. And, it didn’t hurt that his interview portion further highlighted what a great, fun-loving guy he is!
So, mystery solved. The Jermaine win was pre-ordained and finely orchestrated. Bravo Blake and Jermaine.. Nicely played!
Were you happy with the results? Do you think the judges’ behavior affected the results? Pray tell in the comments section.