Connect with us

Entertainment

‘The Voice’ frontrunner gets eliminated while in COVID lockdown: ‘I can’t believe you’re in a box still’

News Agencies

Published

on

Bottom three Rowan Grace and Kim Cruse await their fate, while Kiqué waits in COVID lockdown, on 'The Voice' Season 22's top 10 results show. (Photo: NBC)

Bottom three Rowan Grace and Kim Cruse await their fate, while Kiqué waits in COVID lockdown, on ‘The Voice’ Season 22’s top 10 results show. (Photo: NBC)

Tuesday brought The Voice Season 22’s top 10 results show, which determined the eight contestants moving on to the semifinals. But sadly, one of the contestants who didn’t move on, a former frontrunner, didn’t even get to bid a proper farewell.

At the start of the evening, host Carson Daly explained that seven singers would be voted through by America, based on Monday’s mostly excellent top 10 performances. And of course, the first artist to advance was the most excellent of all, true original and consummate risk-taker Bodie. Bodie’s lightning-quick rapped/sung cover of TikTok star JVKE’s “Golden Hour” on Monday had his proud and stunned coach, Blake Shelton, not only declaring it possibly “the hardest song I have ever heard someone try to do on this show,” but perhaps “the greatest performance I’ve ever seen on this show.” Thankfully, America agreed with that assessment. And I already can’t wait to see what Bodie does next week — and in two weeks’ time on the finale, because I can’t imagine him not going all the way at this point.

Also immediately advancing to the semifinals, before Tuesday’s first commercial break, was this week’s other standout rock star, Team Camila guitar goddess Morgan Michaels. This meant that rookie coach Camila Cabello would still be represented moving forward. Poor Camila started off with such a strong team that I once predicted she’d win this whole season, but then she quickly lost three of her four artists in the Live Playoffs, leaving her only with Morgan, her “last woman standing.” But Camila could still win it all with Morgan… and honestly, a top two consisting of Bodie and Morgan would make for one of the most thrilling Voice finales in years.

Advertisement

Two contestants that I’d hoped would be in that finale’s top four with Bodie and Morgan were Team Gwen’s indie-soul maverick Kiqué and Team Legend’s “Velvet Powerhouse” Kim Cruse — but frustratingly, both singers landed in the bottom Tuesday, despite giving dynamite performances the night before. The Kim result was shocking, considering that her cover of Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain” had been so electrifying that Carson actually believed Rihanna herself would approve. Gwen Stefani had even noted that Kim had been “underrated this season,” but “now everybody is going to wake up and say, ‘Why weren’t we making a bigger deal about Kim?’” But apparently Gwen’s statement was only half-correct.

As for Gwen’s own at-risk contestant, Kiqué, I thought he’d admirably gotten back on track this week after landing in the bottom last week. But maybe the fact that NBC was forced to air a pre-taped Kiqué studio performance Monday — because he’d tested positive for COVID-19 and couldn’t appear on the live show — thwarted his chances. As Kiqué listened to Carson read off the bottom three results while he waited in isolation, my heart went out to the kid… and my brain wondered how he was going to remotely sing for the Instant Save from his quarantined hotel room.

Advertisement

Instead, the show aired another pre-taped performance, this time of Kiqué covering Leon Bridges’s “River.” The footage was quietly compelling, but I think Kiqué is the type of performer that runs on adrenaline — that’s how he won the Save last week — and I think if he’d been in the moment, on live television, the end result would have been much more fierce, more of a fight song. This footage appeared to have been filmed at the same time, last Friday, that Kiqué had performed “for robot cameras” (as he explained on social media) when shooting his locked-down top 10 performance — as in, the performance that had ultimately landed him on the chopping block. So, he seemed doomed tonight.

Team Blake’s Rowan Grace was the third singer in danger Tuesday, which was not a shocker — although she’d given a solid Billie Eilish performance on Monday and I honestly would have swapped her spot in the bottom three for her handsome but boring teammate, Brayden Lape, who I think peaked weeks ago. Rowan was the first of bottom three contestants to compete for that last spot in the top eight, and while her cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” was pleasant and pretty, it didn’t have the grit, gravitas, or blood/sweat/tears to be a full-on save-me performance. It was unlikely that Rowan would be winning this showdown, by a landslide or otherwise.

And then there was Kim, doing a gospel-tinged version of Brooks & Dunn’s “Believe” (maybe a shrewd strategy to appeal to The Voice’s core country audience?). And while she seemed under-amplified, especially at first, she had the sheer lung power to overcome any faulty-microphone issues. She received a standing ovation from all four coaches, and her own coach, John Legend, told her, “I truly believe you’re one of the best vocalists I’ve ever worked with.”

Advertisement

Five minutes and one commercial break later, the instant votes had been tallied, and America saved… Kim Cruse. I certainly could not argue with that verdict, and I hope that viewers finally realize how special she is and don’t take her immense talent for granted again. But I felt terrible for Kiqué, whose remote connection shorted out during the final minutes of the episode, so he only got 20 seconds to say goodbye to his coach and likely didn’t get to hear Gwen’s kind words of praise in the moment.

Hopefully Kiqué will be able to watch this episode back and see Gwen gush about him. “I can’t believe you’re in a box still,” she lamented, disappointed that she could not address him in person. “I’ve been on this show for six seasons, and [Kiqué is] probably the first artist I’ve ever worked with that I truly was blown away by his own artistry. I learned to trust him right off the bat. Whatever he wants to do, he’s going to come with a vision, and it’s just super-exciting to work with someone who is a pure artist like that.”

So now, Blake has three artists in the top eight (Bodie, Brayden, and Bryce Leatherwood), John also has three (Parijita Bastola, Omar José Cardona, and Kim), and Camila and Gwen only have one contestant each. Hopefully all eight singers will stay healthy and be able to complete live next week. But as a side note, I must say I enjoyed Gwen’s quirky and chaotic funhouse/house-party rendition of Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House” with her last man standing, Justin Aaron, a lot more than I’d expected (even though I kept wishing that Kiqué could’ve been there for what was supposed to be a group number). At this point in the game, Justin probably shouldn’t take major risks and veer too far from his classic-R&B lane on competitive episodes, but it was awesome to see him rock out like this. And I dare say he almost upstaged rocker-girl Gwen with his vivacious performance.

Advertisement

Come back next Monday, to see who rocks the vote and makes to The Voice Season 22 finals.

Read more from Yahoo Entertainment:

Follow Lyndsey on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Amazon

Advertisement
Continue Reading
Advertisement

Advertisement

Breaking News

Editor Pick’s

Latest Entertainment

Entertainment41 mins ago

Alec Baldwin will be charged with 2 counts of involuntary manslaughter in ‘Rust’ shooting

Actor Alec Baldwin faces criminal charges for the death of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. (Photo: AFP via Getty Images) Alec...

Entertainment3 hours ago

Ghostface goes for an NYC slice (and dice) in Scream VI trailer

In Scream VI, the four young survivors from last year’s Scream — played by Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jasmin Savoy...

Entertainment4 hours ago

AP Top 25 Movies: Breaking down our panelists’ picks

Fiercely original films, female-focused stories and theatrical-first releases had the clear edge in The Associated Press’s inaugural Top 25 Movies...

Entertainment4 hours ago

AP Top 25 Movies, ranking 2022’s best: What made the cut?

With hundreds of new movies released each year, many of us depend on the expertise of film critics to help...

Entertainment4 hours ago

BAFTA Noms Snubs & Surprises: ‘All Quiet’ Blazes A Trail While ‘The Fabelmans’ & ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Sink In Major Categories

Six months ago you would have got sky-high odds on the BAFTA nominations being dominated by a German-language film and...

Entertainment5 hours ago

Met Gala 2023 date, dress code revealed: Dua Lupa, Michaela Coel to co-chair Karl Lagerfeld-themed event

New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is ready to get the full glam treatment in just a few months....

Entertainment11 hours ago

‘Boy Meets World’ Star Ben Savage Is Planning a Run for Congress

ben savage Emma McIntyre/Getty Ben Savage, best known for his portrayal of Cory Matthews on Boy Meets World, is planning...

Entertainment16 hours ago

KISS’s Paul Stanley on painting, facepainting and why he switched to ‘Bandit’ makeup for one month in 1974

When KISS guitarist/frontman Paul Stanley began painting in 2001, he never expected anyone to even see, let alone purchase, his...

Advertisement

Latest Sports

Sports50 mins ago

Andy Murray vs Thanasi Kokkinakis, Australian Open live: early-hours epic heads to a fifth set

Andy Murray vs Thanasi Kokkinakis, Australian Open live: early-hours epic heads to a fifth set

Sports1 hour ago

The craziest thing about Brock Purdy’s improbable rise? The praise is deserved

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback is surrounded by superstar talent and a mastermind coach. But he looks like exactly the...

Sports2 hours ago

Tennis’s weird rule prompts ten-minute shouting match between Jeremy Chardy and umpire

Dan Evans, the British No 2, has a knack for attracting controversy – although he did his best to stay...

Sports2 hours ago

Why Eagles top draft picks better off (mostly) not playing, while an undrafted guy shines

Why Eagles rookies will be further ahead by watching as opposed to playing on a team not in the playoffs?

Sports3 hours ago

Andy Murray vs Thanasi Kokkinakis, Australian Open live: Racket smashed after epic point

Andy Murray vs Thanasi Kokkinakis, Australian Open live: Racket smashed after epic point

Sports3 hours ago

Breaking down USC’s newly-released 2023 football schedule

The good news is that USC has two byes on its 2023 football schedule. The bad news is that the...

Sports4 hours ago

Watch: Novak Djokovic fumes at ‘drunk’ Where’s Wally fan during Australian Open match

Novak Djokovic lost his cool at the Australian Open, when a rowdy "drunk" spectator dressed in a Where's Wally costume...

Sports4 hours ago

Breaking down matchups and picking four winners in the NFL playoffs divisional round

Predicting the four winners in the NFL playoff divisional round and who will be advancing to the conference championship games.

Technology Hot News

Technology12 hours ago

Led by "Amazon" and "Microsoft" .. the technology giants are planning to lay off 64,000 employees

After 10 years of driving the stock market bull run, big tech companies are racing to downsize staff to adapt...

Technology1 day ago

Apple introduces MacBooks with new M2 processors

Yesterday, Tuesday, Apple unveiled MacBooks powered by the new, faster “M2 Pro” and “M2 Max” processor chips, in a surprise...

Technology1 day ago

All you need to know about the upcoming Galaxy S23 phones from Samsung

Samsung has officially announced that the (Galaxy Unpacked 2023) event will be held this year on Wednesday, February 1, which...

Technology2 days ago

FTX Exchange Announces Hacking and Stolen $415 Million in Cryptocurrency

Bankrupt American cryptocurrency firm FTX announced today, Wednesday, that $415 million in cryptocurrency has been hacked and stolen from the...

Technology2 days ago

Because of a "fraudulent tweet"… Elon Musk's trial begins

Elon Musk's trial began Tuesday in San Francisco with the selection of jury members who will have to decide whether...

Technology2 days ago

An electric spoon replaces salt and spices, but with conditions

Experts have developed an electric spoon that is able to replace spices and flavors and affect the taste buds in...

Technology4 days ago

The biggest dangers of using tracking devices.. so you can escape?

If you spot an unknown Bluetooth tagging device, there are ways to disable the device so it can't track your...

Technology4 days ago

New Twitter.. For You tab to web version

The Twitter platform announced that it will bring the new tab (For You), which launched last Tuesday for iPhones and...

Advertisement