Adam Levine Speaks Out On ‘The Voice’ Backlash; Fans React

Andie Manahan

December 12, 2018

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Adam Levine has broken his silence about last week’s controversial elimination on The Voice.

ICYMI, last week, the Maroon 5 front man and long-time The Voice judge faced backlash from fans following a controversial Instant Save episode to determine the Top 8 finalists.

On Tuesday (December 4), after announcing the bottom three – DeAndre Nico, 22, and Reagan Strange, 14 (both Team Adam) and Dave Fenley, 39 (Team Blake) – host Carson Daly revealed that only two would be performing in the Instant Save round, saying Reagan Strange was too sick to perform that night.  

His plea to the audience appeared to have held enough sway to result in her getting saved from elimination. But some fans weren’t happy about the results and took to social media to voice their opinion.

“So very disappointed in you Adam. It was wrong for you to choose Reagan over DeAndre. You should not have ‘voiced’ it the way you did. It was very hurtful to DeAndre. You have lost my respect,” one fan wrote.

“Unbelievable how @adamlevine pushed DeAndre under the bus for Reagan.  I’m no longer pulling for Adam anymore. That was really unacceptable,” another tweeted.

Entertainment Tonight reports that DeAndre also opened up to 12NewsNow, a local news station in Texas, about the controversy.

“It was just weird, cause I just felt like – not being rude – I just felt like he sold me out, you know,” he shared, adding, “We did our job – sick or not. I just got over laryngitis, and, still, when I came back I still sang…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.”


On Monday’s (December 10) episode for the Top 8 finalists performances, Adam broke his silence about the controversial elimination.  

“It was a strange week, but it’s over now. DeAndre’s my boy,” Adam said on the show, which also showed footage of him and Raegan FaceTiming Nico. “I love him. We talked.”

But fans are still continuing to air their disappointment at how things turned out.


Monday’s (December 10) episode showcased the Top 8 finalists onstage with solo performances and duets. It’s a crucial night for the show – with half of the contestants up for elimination.

On Tuesday (December 11), the Final Four were revealed. Based on Monday night’s voting, the top three artists automatically advanced, and the bottom two artists were automatically eliminated.

The three artists in the fourth, fifth and sixth place battled in a sing-off for the final spot in the semi-finals, namely, MaKenzie Thomas (Team Jennifer), Reagan Strange (Team Adam) and Kennedy Holmes (Team Jennifer).

After the Instant Save round, Kennedy Holmes was revealed safe and would go on to compete in next week’s championship.

Next week, it will be Kirk Jay (Team Blake), Chevel Shepherd (Team Kelly), Kennedy Holmes (Team Jennifer), and Chris Kroeze (Team Blake) battling it out for the top spot on The Voice Season 15.