Season 5, The Voice

Kat deserved the save, but should The Voice keep it?

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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.

Josh Logan, Kat Robichaud and Jonny Gray after they landed in the bottom three on The Voice. (NBC Photo)

Josh Logan, Kat Robichaud and Jonny Gray after they landed in the bottom three on The Voice. (NBC Photo)

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?

Kat Robichaud reacts to getting the instant save on The Voice Tuesday night as Josh Logan looks on. (NBC Photo)

Kat Robichaud reacts to getting the instant save on The Voice Tuesday night as Josh Logan looks on. (NBC Photo)

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.

Kat Robichaud reacts with Josh Logan after receiving  the first-ever instant save on The Voice. (NBC Photo)

Kat Robichaud reacts with Josh Logan after receiving the first-ever instant save on The Voice. (NBC Photo)

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5 Comments

  1. David Perkins November 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    I understand the frustration from my fellow left-out left coasters who weren’t able to play in the Tweet Sweeps. The online commentary I’ve read suggests there are two major complaints about the Instant Save: 1. Half the country was cheated. 2. Jonny Gray was cheated. Perhaps Carson shouldn’t have asked Adam and Blake who they’d save. (Both said Jonny. Oops.) Because of this or something else, a lot of viewers sensed that Jonny was headed for the save. Conspiracy theories abound today. The high tech gimmick is nice in my book, but it’s a huge, unnecessary risk for the show and NBC. Why risk alienating a huge part of your audience for a tad of extra drama? But, yes, the Instant Save gives America the opportunity to save itself from a mistake made by…uh well, made by itself. That’s a good thing, isn’t it? I mean how could America get it wrong twice in 24 hours? :)

  2. Holly November 14, 2013 at 1:28 am -  Reply

    If they are going to continue to do insta-save, they should be clear about exactly which time zones can vote, and which can’t. Otherwise, they should discontinue the instant Twitter feature.

  3. evelyn olson November 14, 2013 at 3:50 am -  Reply

    all my friends and myself do think we were cheated on the home save,and makes you not even want to watch next week. you really blew it!!!!!! shame on you.

  4. Janice November 16, 2013 at 12:53 am -  Reply

    I think the twitter instant save crap is just that a bunch of B.S. If The Voice continues with the instant save it is stating the East and Central time zones fans are the only fans whose opinions matter. By allowing the instant save, it is more or less asking for a “revote” of the the two people who should be going home because the voting opens after the Monday night’s performances and people have already voted on whom should go and whom should stay. Personally, I don’t think this is about giving the fans more power at all. I feel this is NBC’s way of controlling who wins the voice this season, or making sure a certain coach doesn’t win!!! If this instant save continues as it is now. I refuse to continue watching…Seems like NBC and The Voice could care less either way, after all, I am from the West Coast so in their little minds, I am a nobody!!!

  5. Tim November 20, 2013 at 6:05 am -  Reply

    My wife and I are big fans of the show but we live in LA and HATE the instant save with a passion. Might stop watching because of this.

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