‘The Voice’: Outraged fans call out shortened performance montages as ‘a slap in the face’

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‘The Voice’: Outraged fans call out shortened performance montages as ‘a slap in the face’

Judges Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton move on to the knockout round on “The Voice.”
(Photo: Trae Patton/NBC)

Battle Rounds on “The Voice” wrapped up Tuesday, but it was what wasn’t shown that had fans talking. 
While some matchups were entirely displayed (like Team Kelly’s Sarah Grace defeating Erika Zade), other performances have been shown only as part of a montage.
During Tuesday’s episode, Team Kelly’s Claire DeJean triumphed over Josh Davis, Kirk Jay beat Caeland Garner to continue on with Team Blake, and Kennedy Holmes defeated Lela to stay on Jennifer Hudson’s team. However, fans only saw a trimmed-down clip from each battle.
That did not sit well with several social media users after their favorite contestant’s stellar vocals were cut short:
@Est26chris told “The Voice” that “these shortened battle rounds are such a slap in the face to the contestants and a disservice to the viewers. Do better!”

.@NBCTheVoice these shortened battle rounds are such a slap in the face to the contestants and a disservice to the viewers. Do better!— Chris Estenson (@est26chris) October 24, 2018

@LyssaK05 took to Twitter (in all caps) to passionately tell NBC, “HOW DARE YOU DO THAT.” The user added they were “Soooooo disappointed” 13-year-old Kennedy Holmes was included in the montage, adding “I’m done watching for tonight.”

Many other users agreed. 
@MattVernier said Holmes “deserved more,” referencing her 4-chair turn performance during Blind Auditions. 

@ErrickaNicholle said she “waited all week to hear Kennedy and Kirk.”

@Huntopia asked, “Why montage Kennedy and Clair i loved them.”

Three battles were shown in full length Tuesday. 
Taking the stage first were Zade and Grace from Team Kelly, singing “No Roots” by Alice Merton. Clarkson chose Grace as the winner. 
Next, Team Blake’s Kameron Marlowe and Kayley Hill sang “I Only Wanna Be With You” by Hootie and the Blowfish. In the end, Marlowe moved on to the next round.
Lastly, Deandre Nico and Funsho from Team Adam performed “Can You Stand the Rain” by New Edition. Levine chose Nico to stay on his team, but Funsho is not out of the competition. Shelton used the last remaining steal of the battle round to bring Funsho to his team.

“The Voice” will continue Monday at 8 EDT/PDT on NBC with the knockouts round.
Related: ‘The Voice’: Journey is over for persistent singer Matt Johnson, others move on for now

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