By RODNEY HO/ firstname.lastname@example.org, originally filed Tuesday, November 17, 2015
How much do the producers like Marietta 17-year-old Zach Seabaugh?
They gave the Kennesaw Mountain High School junior the “pimp spot” Monday night, which is a phrase that we “American Idol” fans have used for years. It’s considered the best place to be because it’s at the end of the show and people are most likely to react by voting then and there. And the producers want to end on a strong note.
Not surprisingly, he made the top 11 as part of Team Blake Shelton after performing Little Texas‘ 1994 hit “My Love.” The judges complimented him for his professionalism. Shelton said he’s ready for a headlining tour.
MJ Santilli of MJ’s Big Blog, who covers “The Voice” along with many other reality shows, was not impressed, calling it “lackluster,” feeling he was “sleepwalking” through a rather sleepy song.
In his poll of his fans, Seabaugh ranked 9th out of 12. It appeared he finished 10th out of 12 among the voters. He’ll need to step it up next week to stay out of the danger zone.
Who was cut? Mark Hood, who sang the dreaded Phil Collins‘ song “Against All Odds,” which was often the kiss of death on “American Idol” as well. He was “saved” by Pharrell Williams last week and it didn’t appear to pay off. (MJ called this one.)
“The Voice” tweaked its elimination order, dropping just one person this week and one more each of the next two weeks, getting to a top 9. Of those nine, only four will make the finals the next week. The winner will be revealed December 15.
The advantage of this format is that you’ll get to see more of the contestants sing more songs even with this tightened time frame.