The Voice fans are outraged as they claim the competition was rigged to favor Blake Shelton’s team…before he retires after 12 years as coach
Fans of the popular singing competition The Voice have been rioting in the week leading up to the Tuesday night season 23 finale.
Several viewers have taken to social media to claim that the series has been “rigged,” and they believe it’s all to give country star Blake Shelton a triumphant farewell.
Shelton, 46, the last remaining coach dating back to season one, is finally leaving the show after 12 years and a whopping 23 consecutive seasons.
After several contestants were eliminated on Monday, May 15 episode, some fans became convinced that the show was trying to land a final win for him so he could go out on a high note.
Team Blake’s Grace West and NOIVAS, along with Team Kelly’s D. Smooth, Team Niall’s Gina Miles and Team Chance’s Sorelle all advanced to the finals on Tuesday night.
Going out on a high? Several fans of The Voice posted conspiracy theories this week claiming the show is rigged to allow coach Blake Shelton’s outgoing team to win
Saying Goodbye: Shelton is leaving after 12 years and 23 consecutive seasons. He is the last remaining original coach; the trio Sorelle, who made it to the final, is pictured
However, Team Niall’s Ryley Tate Wilson, a clear fan favorite, along with Team Chance’s Ray Uriel and Team Kelly’s Holly Brand were all eliminated.
In particular, the fact that Ryley and Holly were kicked off the show seemed to infuriate some fans on Twitter.
Despite the fact that the emerging singers are all fan-voted, the most suspicious of viewers believe something is off, as they are convinced that the votes for Ryley and Holly are lower than they should have been based on their apparent fan support on social media. media.
However, some users may post positive messages about the singers without voting, and curated social media feeds may cause fans to mostly see posts that support their previous beliefs, rather than giving them an accurate picture of where fan support lies .
One user wrote: ‘The fact that Ryley Tate doesn’t make it just proves how rigged this league is, especially for Blake in his final season. look online everywhere, notice the overwhelming love for Ryley and realize that the voices don’t correlate. the participants deserve better.’
“I’m not saying it was rigged to let Blake win, but I feel like I’ve never seen anyone talk about his team compared to Ryley and Holly,” added another.
‘Sorelle made it about Holly and Ryley!? This is exactly why I haven’t seen this show in years. It’s rigged and they’re such bulls***!!’ wrote a fan with similar complaints.
Another person seemed to think the posts they saw on social media should have been a proxy for the final vote count.
“I literally saw everyone tweeting that they voted for ryley tate and they were crickets for mercy, they manipulated this so badly for Blake,” one person added.
Outraged: Several fans were confused about the voted off, most notably Team Niall’s Ryley Tate Wilson and Team Kelly’s Holly Brand
Echo Room? Many fans who complained about the alleged manipulation failed to take into account that their social media feeds are not representative of The Voice voters and that fans of several singers may not appear on their pages; Kelly Clarkson, Shelton, Niall Horan and Chance the Rapper pictured
Others weren’t too concerned about whether The Voice was rigged, feeling the contestants were always meant to flatter the coaches’ egos.
“Everyone is screaming manipulated like the voice isn’t the worst singing contest out there…it’s all about the judges not the contestants let’s face it,” one Twitter user complained.
Part one of the two-part Season 23 finale aired Monday night.
The second and final installment — and Shelton’s apparent final episode of The Voice — airs Tuesday, May 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.