The Voice fans are outraged as they claim the competition is rigged to favor Blake Shelton’s team… before he says goodbye after 12 years as a coach
Fans of the popular singing competition The Voice have been up in arms in the week leading up to Tuesday night’s season 23 finale.
Several viewers have taken to social media to claim that the series has been ‘rigged,’ and they believe it is all to give country star Blake Shelton a triumphant send-off.
Shelton, 46, the last remaining coach dating back to season one, is finally leaving the show after 12 years and an astounding 23 consecutive seasons.
After several contestants were eliminated on Monday, May 15’s episode, some fans became convinced that the show was trying to set up a final win for him so that he can 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 were all allowed to move on to the finale on Tuesday night.
Going out on a high note? Several fans of The Voice posted conspiracy theories this week alleging that the show is rigged to allow departing coach Blake Shelton’s 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, which made it to the finale, is pictured
But Ryley Tate Wilson of Team Niall, an apparent fan favorite, along with Team Chance’s Ray Uriel and Team Kelly’s Holly Brand were all eliminated.
In particularly, Ryley and Holly being kicked off the show seemed to send some fans into a fury on Twitter.
Despite the fact that the advancing singers were all voted on by fans, the most suspicious viewers believe that something is amiss because they are convinced that the vote totals for Ryley and Holly are lower than they should have been based on their apparent fan support on social media.
However, some users may be posting positively about the singers without voting, and curated social media feeds may make it so fans are mostly seeing posts backing up their prior beliefs, rather than giving them an accurate picture of where fan support lies.
One user wrote, ‘ryley tate not making it just proves how rigged this competition is, especially for blake on his last season. look anywhere online, notice the overwhelming love for ryley, and realize the votes don’t correlate. the contestants deserve better.’
‘Not saying it’s rigged for Blake to win but I feel like I never see anyone talk about his team compared to like Ryley and Holly,’ added another
‘Sorelle made it over Holly and Ryley!? This is exactly why I haven’t watched this show in years. It’s rigged and it’s such bulls***!!’ wrote one fan with similar gripes.
Another person seemed to think that the posts they saw on a social media should have been a proxy for the final vote tally.
‘I literally saw everyone tweeting they were voting for ryley tate and it was crickets for grace they rigged this for blake so badly actually,’ added one person.
Outraged: Several fans were up in arms about the voted-off contestants, particularly Ryley Tate Wilson of Team Niall and Team Kelly’s Holly Brand
Echo chamber? Many fans who complained of the alleged rigging didn’t take into account that their social media feeds are not representative of The Voice voters, and fans of different singers may not show up on their pages; Kelly Clarkson, Shelton, Niall Horan and Chance the Rapper pictured
Others weren’t so concerned about whether The Voice was rigged, as they felt the contestants were always meant to flatter the coaches’ egos.
‘everyone yelling rigged as if the voice is not the worst singing competition in existence… it’s all about the judges rather than the contestants let’s be real,’ complained one Twitter user.
Part one of the two-part season 23 finale aired Monday night.
The second and final part — and Shelton’s apparent final episode of The Voice — airs Tuesday, May 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.