Some fans of “The Voice” are still furious at the show for booting contestant DeAndre Nico last week – and Monday night’s episode didn’t do anything to calm them down.
Last Tuesday’s dramatic “Voice” episode saw Nico eliminated, while fan-favorite Reagan Strange, who was sidelined by illness, was saved without actually having to sing during the episode.
When it came time for the Instant Save, with Adam Levine’s contestants Strange and Nico – both in the bottom three – along with Blake Shelton‘s Dave Fenley – Levine told viewers to cast their tweets for Strange over Nico, even though Nico performed and she didn’t.
“I have a very special relationship with Reagan … I’ve got to fight for my girl,” he told viewers, who took his advice and saved Strange, sending Nico and Fenley packing.
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Nico initially didn’t handle his loss well, granting a contentious interview with a local Texas TV station saying that Levine “sold him out” by advocating for Strange over him.
Monday night’s episode of “The Voice” attempted to smooth things over after the controversy. “It was a strange week, but it’s over now,” Levine said, showing him and Strange FaceTiming with Nico during Monday’s rehearsal, “DeAndre’s my boy. I love him. We talked.”
Fans on Twitter had a much different takeaway from the FaceTimed segment, with some viewers demanding justice for Nico, and others slamming Levine for his role in the drama.
“Of COURSE they trotted out DeAndre to give his seal of approval to Reagan! That poor guy,” one commenter wrote, with another replying, “To be fair, DeAndre probably had no issue with Reagan and is a good guy so he called and helped her. But Adam? NO SIR!! Take several seats!!!!”
“Lost all respect for Adam Levine in this moment,” another fan wrote Tuesday. “His lack of respect for his other contestant was despicable! He could have shown grace, respect and courtesy to DeAndre then put in a plug for Reagan.”
“I am sticking true to my word,” tweeted an additional angry viewer. “I am done with The Voice. Don’t care who wins or loses. Adam really screwed things up. Public apology to Deandre would be the right thing to do. Oh but wait, Adam isn’t a man. He is a mouse.”
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