As contestants sang their hearts out in hopes of landing a spot in the Season 12 finals, their fate was being decided by live voting that began before all the performances were completed.
And in one of the show’s silliest moves ever, viewers in the Mountain and West Coast times zones were being urged on Twitter to vote while the performances were occurring in the East Coast.
In other words, they were being encouraged to vote without seeing a single performance.
By the time the West Coast feed of the show aired, voting was already completed; the results had already been announced back East.
West Coast viewers were understandably not amused and took to Twitter to voice their disgust over The Voice’s live playoff format.
Here’s just a sampling I collected in a matter of five minutes.
Christian Richards @cimcbride2014
@TheVoice the west coast really hates being left out of your voting process.
I find not being able to vote is really putting a damper on my enjoyment.
Every time they show “voting is closed”, it’s a slap in the West Coast’s collective face. @TheVoice
@CarsonDaly WTH shutting out the West Coast from voting 😠 @TheVoice
Demntle Fox @DementleFox
.@blakeshelton #VoicePlayoffs I guess the West Coast votes do not matter anymore. #sadface @TheVoice #TheVoice
@aliciakeys @adamlevine @blakeshelton @gwenstefani please beg them to let more then the east coast vote! Let our voice be heard #TheVoice
Why can’t the west coast vote?? SO not cool!! This was the one show that was fair.. oh well #WestCoastVotesCountToo #TheVoice
Linda Hansen @lshansen757
@NBCTheVoice you need to change the way to do voting! You want people to vote yet eliminate an entire time zone! Shame one you #thevoice
So apparently @NBC only gives a sh*t about peeps on the East Coast. You live out West? Screw you. No vote for you #TheVoice @NBCTheVoice
#thevoice boycott the show until the west coast vote counts
Brian Hardle @chief5042
#TheVoice. Basically only the East coast gets to vote the live shows. Not fair especially when the show is produced on the West coast.
Andre Fortin @mt2la
I just stopped recording #TheVoice halfway through and deleted it from my DVR. No more unless they include Westcoast to vote.
@CarsonDaly west coast doesn’t get to vote!! Please stop saying America. America is not just the east coast. #TheVoice
@FCC the @NBCTheVoice lied! There was no real time voting for the west coast. Only east coast got to vote #TheVoice #thevoiceplayoffs
Nick Donaldson @psyclopz
So no voting at all on #TheVoice for any of us on the west coast? So lame. #TheVoiceEastCoastBias is total bull.
Robyn Bruns @Redletterevent
#TheVoice this live voting that does not allow west coast participation is complete crap why doesn’t my vote matter?
Holly Costello @hdcostello12
#TheVoice you are NOT real time voting. Voting is only for east coast. West coast doesn’t count. Stupid. #shownotfair
In my opinion, @Malibu204 has the right idea. It would serve The Voice right if every fan on the West Coast found something else to watch on Monday and Tuesday nights for the rest of the spring.
Problem is, it’s not only the viewers who get cheated by this process. How about the contestants who have most of their fan base on the West Coast?
You think there isn’t a reason a West Coast singer has never won an instant save on The Voice?
Might it have something to do with the fact that the instant save is also determined on East Coast time, long before the West Coast starts watching the show let alone knows who’s in danger of elimination?
And if The Voice is really about finding the best voice, what sense does it make to have voting start before everyone has performed? Or to encourage half the nation to vote without seeing a single performance?
At that point you’re not hosting a singing competition, Carson Daly. You’re hosting a popularity contest.
You might as well forget the live playoff performances, have the contestants line up on stage, smile for the camera and let the voting begin.
Now really, didn’t the old format of beginning voting at the end of the show and keeping it open until noon the next day so everyone could participate make more sense?
Sure seems so to me.
And I bet viewers on the West Coast would agree.