NBC’s The Voice, which is about to wrap up its 15th season, has been going strong since April 2011; but while the reality singing competition has had its successes, it’s also hosted a handful of controversies.
The most recent upset happened just this week after coach Adam Levine pleaded that viewers vote for his unable-to-perform contestant without even mentioning the singer on his team who did end up taking the stage.
Check out some of the craziest controversies to occur on The Voice below.
Adam Levine’s Not-So-Patriotic Comment (season 4)
Thought of as a front-runner in season 4, contestant Judith Hill shockingly ended up in the bottom and was eventually eliminated following her top eight performance. Adam Levine wasn’t happy about it, saying on-air, “I hate this country,” moments after news that a different member of his team was safe. While he first followed the comment with a tweet implying that he wasn’t serious, he later issued a complete statement to clear up his actions. “I obviously love my country very much and my comments last night were made purely out of frustration,” he said at the time. “Being a part of The Voice, I am passionately invested in my team and want to see my artists succeed. Last night’s elimination of Judith and Sarah was confusing and downright emotional for me and my comments were made based on my personal dissatisfaction with the results. I am very connected to my artists and know they have long careers ahead, regardless of their outcome on the show.”
Not Every Vote Is Counted (season 4)
Host Carson Daly came onstage one night of The Voice during season 4 with a representative from Telescope (the organization that processes the show’s votes) with some news for viewers: There were inconsistencies in that week’s texting and online voting, so they were throwing out all votes cast via text or the Internet. Carson said this wouldn’t change the results: “Telescope certifies that removing those votes did not affect the outcome for any team. Is that correct?” “That’s 100 percent correct,” confirmed the Telescope representative. This didn’t reassure fans, who remained concerned that this solution wasn’t actually a fair one.
Disappearing iTunes Tracks (season 6)
Season 6 The Voice winner Josh Kaufman found himself in the middle of a voting controversy prior to being crowned the champion. The number of downloads a contestant’s song received on iTunes affected the number of votes they were given. Kaufman’s problem was that his performance single had been filed under the albums section (not the song section), creating a “glitch” that made it difficult to track down. This resulted in Kaufman being excluded from the top 10 most-downloaded songs list and would have subsequently affected the results — but Daly cleared up the issue at the beginning of the next broadcast by saying that the iTunes votes would not count. And just like with season 6’s controversy, he explained that the excluded votes would not affect the outcome. Some fans were concerned that the votes had gotten messed with — again.
Contestants Get Triple-Montaged (season 7 & 10)
In season 7, Team Adam contestant Rebekah Samarin managed to make it to a blind audition, battle and knockout round. Despite this, viewers barely got to know her as only brief clips of her performances were broadcast. This quickly sparked controversy, as Samarin was the first contestant in the show’s history to make it to the third round yet not have any of her performances aired in full. “While I am appreciative of the experience, I am baffled by The Voice‘s blatant disregard and disrespect of my time and efforts,” she wrote on Twitter.
A similar snub occurred in season 10, when another Team Adam contestant, Katherine Ho (who most recently gained notoriety for performing Coldplay’s “Yellow” in Crazy Rich Asians), made it to round three yet only had pieces of her performances included as part of montages. Although getting air time is not guaranteed, viewers felt she was being withheld from the publicity she deserved. “We don’t even know what Katherine sang!” wrote the team at news website CarterMatt about her unaired knockout round performance, echoing the thoughts of many viewers.
Adam Levine Only Asks Fans to Vote for One Team Member (season 15)
Last week, Levine urged the show’s viewers to vote for 14-year-old contestant Reagan Strange even though she was too sick to perform. The problem? She was up against DeAndre Nico, who was also on Team Adam. After Strange was saved and Nico was eliminated, he — as well as Twitter users — spoke out about the apparent favoritism. “I just felt like he sold me out,” Nico told 12NewsNow. “I know she’s a little kid, but it’s like, man, you could’ve put some words in for me at all. Like, something.” Levine responded himself on Monday night’s episode: “It was a strange week, but it’s over now. DeAndre’s my boy. I love him. We talked. It’s all good.” Although Levine’s ready to move on, some fans still aren’t buying his apology.