Last week, Shakira lost her first contestant, Garrett Gardner, and Usher lost Vedo. On this Tuesday's live results show, Shakira had to say goodbye to another one of her team members, Kris Thomas, and Usher bid farewell to Josiah Hawley.
This now leaves Shakira and Usher with only one team member each. Meanwhile, the three-person teams helmed by veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton remain intact for another week.
While neither Kris nor Josiah were the strongest singers in this season's top 10, and I am totally at peace with America's decision to let them go, I still think that the coaches' song choices are at least partially to blame here, once again. Last week, ill-advised Backstreet Boys and Michael Jackson covers led to the respective downfalls of Garrett and Vedo. This week, the straitlaced Kris floundered when forced to sing Miguel's sexy "Adorn," and Josiah struggled to make it through Coldplay's trickily falsetto-laden "Clocks." Would these guys have fared better with different songs? Probably, but we'll never know for sure.
Or, maybe the era of male-dominated singing shows has just finally come to an end (even when the males are potential heartthrobs like Kris and Josiah). Much ado was made during the recent season of "American Idol" when all the boys went home in a row, leaving that show with an unprecedented all-girl top five. And the case on "The Voice" now is even more extreme: Of the eight contestants left, with many weeks still to go in the season, seven of them are female! True, the one non-female contestant is actually a duo, the Swon Brothers, which is twice the WGWG for the viewer's proverbial buck — but considering the lack of success duos have historically had on "The Voice," they may be the next to go.
It'll be interesting to see how the season develops from here. All of the top eight are strong, and even the one-woman teams of Team Usher and Team Shakira could still win this thing, since Usher's Michelle Chamuel and Shakira's Sasha Allen are two of Season 4's standout singers. But looking at the overall bad luck Shakira and Usher have had so far, when they return to "The Voice" in Season 6, I wouldn't be surprised if every single auditioner they spin around for wants to join Team Adam or Team Blake instead.
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