It's no secret that duos struggle on The Voice. The Swon Brothers were a notable exception, but otherwise, several remarkable duos have been dropped from the competition far too early. This unfortunate trend occurred during tonight's Knockouts, when the talented duo Whitney & Shannon were passed over by Alicia Keys — and not stolen by any of the other coaches.
I was definitely disappointed in Keys, but I know that it was a tough choice. She saw a lot of potential in Whitney & Shannon's competitor, Kylie Rothfield, who, frankly, is the only musician of her kind this season. But should category trump talent? And if it does, what about giving Whitney & Shannon a little credit for working so well as a team?
Keys did speak highly of the sisters — and it was clear that she agonized over this decision. However, her praise and difficulty in choosing were little consolation for Whitney & Shannon when they learned that, like so many duos before, they would be going home without experiencing the joy of performing in the live shows.
I'm all in favor of duos on The Voice, and I think that in most cases, they don't receive the credit they deserve. But my opinion is fairly controversial. A lot of viewers seem to think that the show's duos are hugely overrated, and that they actually have an unfair advantage over other competitors. Maybe, but I think their unfortunate track record on the show indicates otherwise. At any rate, I find duos refreshing. I like seeing the dynamic between the artists (especially when they're siblings), and after so many seasons, anything different on The Voice is good in my book.
I hope that Whitney & Shannon continue to make music together. It would be unfortunate if this unfair elimination kept them from achieving the musical success they deserve. I also hope that their elimination does not deter other duos from attempting to gain musical glory on The Voice. As far as I'm concerned, the more, the merrier!
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