Two things to discuss before we get to the results. First, let’s look at these iTunes results.
02. “Hallelujah” Matthew Schuler
16. “Love Is Blindness” Jacquie Lee
23. “Adorn” Cole Vosbury
35. “All of Me” Ray Boudreaux
37. “Demons” Will Champlin
41. “Wake Me Up” Caroline Pennell
42. “Sail” Kat Robichaud
54. “My Kind of Love” Tessanne Chin
57. “Mr. Brightside” James Wolpert
102. “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” Austin Jenckes
116. “Man in the Mirror” Josh Logan
140. “Another Day in Paradise” Jonny Gray
Now then–as I said yesterday, we bloggers got together and had an agreement that there would be no more “Hallelujah” performances until 2020. Dearest America, please stop fucking this up. We cannot get the TV shows to stop using this song if you insist on buying it all the time. Seriously, you already have Cohen’s version, plus Buckley’s, Castro’s, Boyle’s, Il Divo’s, Lang’s and Timberlake’s, just to name the ones I can think of off the top of my head. How many copies of the damn song do you need? (All that being said, it’s good to see Matthew get an auto safe spot.) Also, though Kat and Caroline’s singles are barely in the Top 50, it should be noticed the original versions of their songs sold like hotcakes. Avicii re-entered the Top Ten and AWOLNATION was inside the Top 30. The latter is really impressive considering most of America hadn’t heard of them before 8pm last night. Too bad it won’t count towards their status on the show. Neither will Caroline’s track from last week holding over inside the Top 100, along with James, Matthew and Jacquie–while Austin, Jonny and Josh couldn’t break into it this week. But don’t think the producers don’t notice when the singles have legs.
The second thing we need to discuss: this convoluted twitter insta-save thing. From the press release:
Viewers in the Eastern and Central time zones will be able to watch and tweet during the live show. Viewers in the West and Mountain time zones will also be able tweet their choice at the same time as the Eastern and Central time zones if they are following the @nbcthevoice handle, which will announce that the save period is open and what artists are eligible. For more information on voting on the West Coast, please go to http://www.nbc.com/TheVoice.
So what you’re saying is in a desperate bid to be the King of Social Media (a title Idol holds without trying) those outside the Eastern/Central time zones have to tune into the internet before the show airs and be spoiled as to the results in order to “save” their favorite. Look, if your Twitter Lounge isn’t doing it for you, and having your coaches frantically tweet during the show isn’t doing it for you? This isn’t going to help. I wouldn’t be surprised if this doesn’t produce a backlash, especially if someone is saved who really shouldn’t have been.
Let’s see who is safe and who is toast.