‘The Voice’ changes vot­ing rules due to elec­tion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

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

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