The egg of Damocles was back this weekend after early leaks suggested that it would be Leanne, not Adam, to join Ruth Brown in the semi-finals of The Voice. I first caught wind of the results a little after 10pm and have been waiting since to feel the egg drop on me. Goodbye, Leanne, I said of Saturday’s opening number. The death slot was survived.
Boki notes that every performer to open the show has survived eliminations so far, suggesting that perhaps The Voice simply values a powerful vocal to kick proceedings off. Having said that, Joelle went home tonight and I don’t imagine Toni or Leanne having much steam left in them. Either way, performing first seems to be more of a bruising slot than a death slot.
So what does Leanne’s success mean for the future? I don’t think anyone rates her chances of beating Ruth Brown to the final so Leanne is now somewhat impotent in the competition. She’ll sing her heart out in two weeks time but essential she is no threat to anyone – not to favourite Ruth and certainly not to players in other teams with whom she is not in direct competition. What Leanne’s success does allow is scope to select more male finalists next week, if we presume that The Voice cares about gender balance in the semi-final.
And what about Tyler – the man whose charm I once compared to that of a woodlouse. Tyler is growing on me and apparently on the people around him. Of all contestants, he is also the only one whose song choices and arrangements feel deliberately tailored towards his creative style. Is he a threat to Jaz in the semi-final? It’s unlikely but not unthinkable. Everybody loves an underdog and everybody loves a journey. With Jaz, it feels like his family life and backstory have been milked to the last drop already and his voice is so flawless that sometimes it feels like he has nowhere else to go. That considered, Jaz still looks like the likely finalist for Team Will.
What about you guys? Did anyone predict cabaret Leanne to succeed over rock-god Adam? Let us know what you thought and how you think things might pan out next week. And keep your eyes peeled for some more in-depth analysis from a mid-week musing post.