So it was a night of spilt milk and erectile dysfunction as two of The Voice’s power players failed to inspire voters. Jaz had felt over-hyped for quite a while and Tyler’s ascension made a kind of sense in the overall narrative of the series but the elimination of Ruth Brown was a true shock of the biggest kind. For once, I was doubtful of the validity of Saturday night leaks. I mean, who voted for Leanne Mitchell? True, she’s an incredible vocalist but she’s about interesting as a moist towelette and about as hip as a pair of sensible slacks. Was Ruth just so pimped that her fans felt voting wasn’t necessary? The mysteries of the results show were infinite. Let’s review them in order.
First up was dreamboat Max vs Lady Bo Bruce. There were no big shocks here, as Bo had been gently pimped throughout the series thus far and Max had never really been shown much favour. There was certainly a possibility that the latter might progress, having become the only male for Team Danny and the most obvious crush vote. However, Max was systematically pushed into the shadows and made boring with dull song choices and lukewarm, ambiguous praise. Bo, on the other hand, has been nudged all the way to the final with popular song choices, good running slots and subtle favour. It does look somewhat likely that The Voice have Bo in mind for the win, although whether the public will continue to play ball is another matter.
In the battle of Team Jessie, it was Vince who took the crown of public affection and progressed to next week’s glittering final. It wasn’t much of a surprise – Vince has long been the most memorable and distinctive contestant on Team Jessie but I had rather wondered about his ability to woo a mainstream audience. Becky seemed to me to have a broader appeal but ultimately she had not wowed enough to make it through to the final. How Vince will fair against more seemingly favoured contestants is unclear but I wish him luck, as he is the best of a bad bunch in a rather motley final four.
The first of the two big shocks came as Leanne trumped market favourite Ruth Brown in the public vote. It’s hard to pin down the upset but the most likely cause is that the public simply felt Ruth was safe as houses and didn’t need votes to remain in the competition. As eurovicious ponders, “The Voice has completely failed to account for the widely-known phenomenon of underdog voting, i.e. the more you pimp someone, the more they look like a shoe-in.” Whether this was a foolish oversight on The Voice’s part or a clever trick to clear the win for another contestant is anyone’s guess. If Ruth’s elimination was truly accidental then producers must be kicking themselves.
I had been wondering about Tyler’s chances of pulling off an underdog win and squeezing Soft Jaz Ellington out of the competition but last night’s rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody was something of an embarrassment and encouraged me to believe in the power of Jaz. However, something about the Rhydianesque palaver must have endeared the public as Tyler sailed through to the final over his more accomplished ‘team mate’. It sort of flew in the face of the show’s premise that “it’s all about the voice” but I’m glad that I don’t have to endure Jaz’s human autotune and ballady boredom in the final.
So what are the chances of our four finalists? The market reckon that the most likely order is Bo, Tyler, Vince then Leanne which sounds about right to me. Leanne is just too boring to inspire hoards of voters and whilst I love the idea of Vince winning, he’s just too left-field to be an obvious front runner. I’d love to have some faith in his chances of winning but I just don’t have that much faith in the Great British Public. It seems more likely that one of the whining hipsters, Bo or Tyler, will take the crown. The former seems particularly like a plan a for the producers of The Voice. Why, exactly, is a mystery considering the limited performance she can offer.
What do you think? Is Bo the producer plan a? Could Vince sneak up on the crown? Has Tyler’s charm run out? Is there any point in Leanne Mitchell turning up at all? Was the elimination of Ruth the result of a foolish oversight of a twist in a grand plan to push Bo for the win? Our comments section awaits.