THE VOICE — Pictured: (l-r) Sundance Head, Courtney Harrell, Austin Allsup, Christian Cuevas, We McDonald, Ali Caldwell, Aaron Gibson, Brendan Fletcher, Billy Gilman, Josh Gallagher — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
For your information: This coming week TWO singers will be eliminated from The Voice! I suppose The Powers That Be decided that eliminating more than half the contestants at one time during the December 6 semi-final results show would be too much.
Last year at this time, The Voice “bloodbath” was introduced. Instead of eliminating two or three contestants every week as the show had done for the last few seasons, only one contestant was eliminated, until there a Top 9 remained at the semi-final round. Five contestants were eliminated at one time leaving only four contestants to move on to the finale. Jordan Smith won The Voice last fall in season 9 in case you need your memory refreshed.
Season 10 featured the same setup up, but because the spring cycle has one extra week of final competition, only four singers needed to be eliminated from a Top 8 during the semi-final. Eventually, Alisan Porter won season 10.
Now for season 11, the semi-final round will be a Top 8 competition just like season 10 last spring. Except with only five weeks of finals instead of the spring cycle’s typical six weeks, a double elimination needed to be scheduled.
Finalist Sundance Head tweeted about the double elimination earlier this week, and also the press release sent by the studio confirms a Top 8 semi-final. Another press release confirms a Top 4 finale.
I don’t know–eliminate four or eliminate five. Does it make much of a difference? The semi-final will STILL be a bloody bloody bloodbath either way. Which is half the fun. The semi-final round is now the most unpredictable round of the competition. It’s got to be gut-wrenching and nerve wracking for the contestants, but it makes for super edge-of-the-seat TV.