Following the latest elimination on The Voice, we are wondering once more if there is a better way for the NBC show to handle eliminations.
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Obviously, we’re writing this article because of the shocking news that MaKenzie Thomas, arguably one of the season’s best performers, was excluded from the finale. Maybe this would’ve happened anyway even with some different rule changes, but we do think that the biggest flaw in the show is rather simple: Going from eight contestants down to four one week before the finale.
The easiest solution to The Voice and its mass-elimination problem would be adding another live performance show to the mix. With that, they could whittle the field down from eight contestants to six before ultimately going down to four. The reason we think that so many country artists advance to the finals every season is because their fan base is a little more concentrated, while the support bases for some of the other artists are more scattered. Narrowing down the amount of non-country singers before the top four could be helpful in pooling together more fan bases to just a few contestants as opposed to many.
While adding another performance show would be great in theory, odds are that it won’t happen just because it would force The Voice to start before the official kick-off to the fall season. The only other solution would be to cut a week out of the competition elsewhere, and that may not happen because the Battle Rounds / Knockouts are so easy to film and make scheduling easier on everyone. Live TV can typically be a little bit pricey.
If you’re not going to add another live show, why not just consider a different elimination structure? Think about this idea. This season, the series went from 13 contestants to 11, before going from 11 to 10 and then from 10 to 8. That’s really only cutting down five contestants in three live shows before then cutting four contestants in the fourth. Our proposed change is this.
Live Show 1 – Go from 12 / 13 contestants down to 10.
Live Show 2 – Go from 10 contestants down to 8.
Live Show 3 – Go from 8 contestants down to 6.
Live Show 4 – Go from 6 contestants down to 4.
Live Show 5 – Finale.
(Of course, we’re excluded the Live Playoffs from this because we consider it to be its own thing.)
With this structure, we get a chance for less craziness near the end of the season and potentially, a chance for a smaller group of contestants to have more opportunities to shine. This could prove useful for their own careers after the show.
Do you think that The Voice needs to change anything after the way their show has been structured as of late? Be sure to share right now in the comments. (Photo: NBC.)