Elec­tion forces rushed Voice vote

Toronto Star - - ENTERTAINMENT & LIFE -

Elec­tion week isn’t al­ways easy for the broad­cast net­works; just look at Mon­day night’s episode of The Voice.

Usu­ally, when the show gets down to the top 20 singers, three ded­i­cated episodes fea­ture all 20 per­for­mances, as well as the re­sults. Be­cause the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion took over the TV sched­ule this week, NBC cut the live “play­offs” to a sin­gle, two-hour episode on Mon­day night, com­plete with real-time vot­ing, whit­tling 20 singers to 12.

The show felt in­cred­i­bly rushed, which didn’t sit well with some view­ers. But the big­ger prob­lem — ac­cord­ing to a flood of so­cial me­dia com­ments — was that the West Coast didn’t get to vote. The “in­stant re­sults” were re­vealed af­ter re­al­time vot­ing dur­ing the East Coast tele­cast; those watch­ing the Pa­cific time zone broad­cast couldn’t par­tic­i­pate.

In the end, the show com­bined retweets of The Voice Twit­ter ac­count and votes from the Voice app to de­clare the top eight singers cho­sen by Amer­ica, two from each celebrity coach’s team. The coaches ( Blake Shel­ton, Adam Levine, Mi­ley Cyrus, Ali­cia Keys) also each got to choose one team mem­ber. The Wash­ing­ton Post

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