The Voice Top 8: Did They Change The Premise Of The Show When I Wasn’t Looking?

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Adam Levine playing air piano in a striped shirt

Was it just me, or was the message a bit off on The Voice this week when the Top 8 took the stage? Every performance was accompanied by massive sets, costumes, and theatrics. Call me crazy, but I thought the whole point of calling a show The Voice and selecting its contestants through blind auditions was to prove that you don't need bright lights and flashy outfits to be a great performer. Have I completely misunderstood the premise or something? Maybe I'm being too deep?

Okay, okay, I'll try to stop venting. I think you know where this is really coming from. I'm a bit astonished by just how wrong America got it this week. ***SPOILER ALERT*** Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons, easily two of the top vocalist on the show, were given the boot. To which I can only say, Waahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

How could The Voice voters do this to me? Don't they know that I'm completely and utterly obsessed with Sarah Simmons? I will be the first to admit that her performance this week was definitely not on par with her last one. In fact, it probably was one of the weakest of the week, but why oh why oh why oh why did Sarah have to go home?

And Judith, too? Really? While Sarah may have had an off night, all Judith did this week was prove that she is not just an amazing singer but also an innovative and versatile performer.

I think the only mature, responsible thing to do in this situation is to find someone to blame, and don't you worry, I've already selected my target. Except unlike Adam Levine who said “I hate this country” last night, I don't blame America.

I blame Usher. This week he left the bright red shoes that he's been sporting all season at home and instead wore these glasses in support of his lone team member, Michelle Chamuel.

While this was a very sweet, supportive thing to do, I think it really changed the show. I mean, Carson Daly was so thrown off by the switch that he dropped his usual slightly awkward, innocent-bystander routine and became the class bully. I know what you're thinking: Carson Daly, a bully? HA! But I am so serious. After Holly Tucker performed, Carson called on Usher for commentary by saying, “Let's start with Urkel, I mean Usher.” ZING.

Usher tried to put the host back in his place by pointing out that Carson is actually a dead ringer for Jimmy Neutron (How have we never noticed this before?!), but the damage had been done. Once Carson Daly throws a zinger at Usher, you know the world can never be the same.

Since I'm still mourning the loss of vocalists extraordinaire Sarah and Judith, I simply can't stomach the idea of analyzing any vocal performances. So instead, I'm going to highlight some of the best visual elements from the performances this week.

Best Overall Look: Judith Hill, “#thatPOWER” (Team Adam)

Even if America disagrees, I still believe this lady is one to watch. With jumping lights and dancing trumpeters all around her, you still can't take your eyes off of Judith in this performance. Christina Milian wanted to talk about in her post-performance interview, and her sparkly, feathery cape thing even caused Blake Shelton to make reference to Cee Lo Green. You know you're looking fierce if someone compares you to Cee Lo Green.

Most Intricate Set: Danielle Bradbery, “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)” (Team Blake)

Whoever is on the set-building team for The Voice must have put in a few extra hours getting ready for Danielle Bradbery's performance, because they literally built her a house, or at least a very detailed facade of one. It came complete with flower boxes and trees, a cute yellow door with a door knocker and doorbell, and a porch swing. Oh, and an adorable 16-year-old blonde who has yet to show a sign of nerves despite having practically no prior performance experience before coming onto the show.

Most Likely To Actually Perform In A Venue That Looks Just Like Their Set: The Swon Brothers, “Seven Bridges Road” (Team Blake)

If you were to close your eyes and imagine the most perfect place to make some music with the Swon Brothers, don't you think you'd imagine yourself sitting with them around a campfire? The stars are shining bright, and a crescent moon hangs high in the sky? Well, imagine no longer, because that's exactly what happened on The Voice this week, and it looked just as awesome and fun as I had imagined it would be.

After everything that's happened this week, I can safely say I have absolutely no idea what will happen next. Here's to hoping the voters get it right by changing their minds and voting Sarah Simmons back on the show. That could happen, right?

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