We’re you as surprised as we were when, on Monday night’s first battle round episode of “The Voice,” coach Blake Shelton came right out and said that the duet between team members Brian Fuente and Jordis Unga “sucked”?
In the season and a half this show has been on, none of the coaches have been that severe in their criticisms, especially with the members of their own team. It’s not that he’s wrong; their duet of “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette it sounded pretty awful to us, and Unga even called it a “train wreck” after it happened.
Now, though, it seems that with some time and the chance to view the performance when it the air, both Fuente and Unga are reconsidering things. “It wasn’t bad at all. It was what we rehearsed,” Unga told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m just not allowed to feel that bad about our performance when I’m watching a friend go home. I felt very bad about that.” That seemed to be a different tune than what she told Christina Milian right after the battle was over:
Fuente told THR that he was “shocked” at the reaction from all the coaches, who said that both singers had pitch problems. “I didn’t really hear any pitch issues at all. The song was a difficult song to tackle, especially for me being a male. I’ve never heard any male artist attempt that song. It was definitely a challenge to me.”
What’s telling though, is who Blake was rooting for in the sing-off: After he eliminated Fuente, he wished him luck and told him to stay in touch. All he could say to Unga was “What happened?” Does that mean that Blake is really hanging hope on Unga to go far this season?
Either way, lots of the blame for this clunky performance has to go to Blake, mainly because a) he picked the pairing, b) he picked the song and c) he was there when the two of them rehearsed, and should have figured out how to work around their issues. So, while we love Blake for the choices of vocalists he picks and how encouraging and nurturing he is to his team members, he’s shown over the last season-plus that, when it comes to actually coaching the singers, he’s the weakest of the four coaches.
But, who knows? Maybe seeing two of your team members suck on national television will motivate Blake to make some changes in how he does things. We can’t have Adam Levine winning again, can we?
Watch the performance again and see for yourself: