I’m not about to argue with the outcome of The Voice’s first-ever use of the new “instant save.”
Of the three contestants who landed in the bottom three Tuesday night, I thought it was pretty clear that Kat Robichaud was the deserving recipient.
On Monday night, Josh Logan and Jonny Gray were serving up vocally fine, but mostly bland performances of “Man in the Mirror” and “Another Day in Paradise,” respectively.
Then there was Kat, stalking the stage, belting out “Sail” and falling into the crowd on her back mid-song — without missing a beat or a note.
Pretty impressive. And given Kat’s love for glam rock and Cee Lo Green’s affection for stage shows … well, crowd surfing might be tame compared to what comes next. Remember those giant black wings Cee Lo planted on Juliet Simms back in Season 2?All that said, this instant save concept is a bit bizarre. Especially for viewers who can’t watch the show on Eastern or Central time.
For those of us who could, the process seemed to go pretty smoothly. We were presented with a bottom three. We were given 5 minutes — ample time, for sure — to send a tweet in hopes of saving our favorite.
But imagine you’re an avid fan of The Voice living on the West Coast. You have two options.
1. Check Twitter at 6:50 p.m. to find out who’s in the bottom three so you can cast an instant save vote. Of course, this pretty much spoils any suspense that would accompany watching the live shows later in the evening. In fact, why watch? The group numbers aren’t that entertaining.
2. Wait to watch the show when it regularly airs on the West Coast and watch the “instant save” play out not so instantly, knowing you’re powerless to do anything should one of your favorites land in the bottom three.
Judging from comments I’m reading today, this new grab for social media relevancy on the part of The Voice ticked off lots of West Coasters.
Writes Jenna S. in a comment on The Hollywood Reporter: “The votes from the night before that include everyone’s vote should be the ones that count…end of story. As a west coaster I was supposed to tweet on my drive home AND spoil the show completely??? Who goes home should not be determined by a 5 minute twitter blitz of east coasters… This concept failed…badly.”
Yep, and then there’s that.
We already voted once, didn’t we?
And how fair is this new “instant save” to a contestant with a large West Coast following?
The Voice typically pushes the right buttons. It’s become the most entertaining singing show on TV as a result.
But this instant save seems like an unnecessary bid to add drama to the only part of the results show that already has drama built in.
Why alienate a large portion of your fan base to do that?
Editor’s Note: What do you think of the save? Let me know below.