‘The Voice’ changes voting rules due to election
Election week isn’t always easy for the broadcast networks — just look at Monday’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 decided to cut the live playoffs to a single, two-hour episode Monday night — complete with real-time voting, whittling 20 singers to 12.
According to a flood of social media comments, the West Coast didn’t get to vote for the Top 12 singers. The “instant results” were revealed after the real-time voting during the East Coast telecast, and those watching the Pacific time zone broadcast couldn’t participate.
A scroll through Twitter and “The Voice” Facebook page shows some West Coast viewers weren’t happy about this development, though others were confused by the voting process in general. Host Carson Daly explained that to vote you could either download the official “Voice” app or retweet “The Voice” Twitter account, which would send out one tweet per artist. So theoretically, the West Coast could vote if they were following along online earlier ... they just couldn’t actually see any of the performances.
From left, “Voice” hosts Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton