The Voice's Braiden Sunshine disappoints fans with rock star aspirations
Song choice is an often forgotten, but nonetheless important, element of success on The Voice. The wrong tune can quickly destroy an otherwise promising contestant's chances of moving on in the competition. Braiden Sunshine learned this the hard way tonight, when his attempt at singing an Imagine Dragons hit fell flat.
Since returning to The Voice, Gwen Stefani has made a few questionable decisions, including, of course, the transformation of Korin Bukowski into a mini-Gwen. The worst, however, was encouraging Sunshine to sing the Imagine Dragons hit "Radioactive." This song really isn't ideal for any of this season's top 10 singers, but Sunshine is probably the worst candidate for an Imagine Dragons cover.
Sunshine can't be faulted for wanting to show a little versatility, but Stefani should have offered better guidance, selecting something with a hint of edge, instead of opting for a genre that is so poorly suited to his voice. For some singers, it is much better to simply stick with what works.
Typically, Sunshine is a hit with Twitter users, but tonight, they were not impressed. Several spoke ill of the song selection, with many predicting that it would ultimately result in his elimination. Others, however, felt that the song choice was not the only culprit; these critics thought that Sunshine had been overrated all along and that tonight's performance merely proved that he has overstayed his welcome on The Voice.
Fans were not only bothered by the song choice and the ensuing performance; they also took issue with the judges' reluctance to actually give Sunshine the critiques he so desperately needs. In addition to complaining about the lack of real criticism, fans of The Voice couldn't help but roll their eyes when they mentioned Sunshine's age for the millionth time. We get it — he's only 15 years old!
If Sunshine gets the opportunity to return for another week on The Voice, he will definitely want to avoid anything resembling rock music. It's obviously not his strong suit. Unfortunately, given the very unhappy responses to Sunshine's performance, there is a very good chance that he will not have the opportunity to return to the Michael Bublé shtick that set him apart in the first place.