Blake Shelton had a good night on Tuesday’s The Voice top 11 live results show, with all three of his team members getting through to the top 10. On Monday, I had feared that Team Blake’s powerhouse diva, seasoned pro background singer Wendy Moten, would not be safe, since she sang first in “death spot” and was even lightly criticized for being “too perfect.” But on Tuesday, I feared for Wendy’s literal safety, when a very imperfect moment occurred and she suffered a scary onstage tumble.
Wendy had just finished her spectacular group performance of the Four Tops’ “Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” alongside her coach and teammates Paris Winnginham and Lana Scott, when she appeared to trip over a band monitor; Paris, Lana, and a pair of stagehands rushed to her side, while Blake, whose back had been turned during the incident as he walked to his red chair, quickly returned to the stage to check on Wendy. Host Carson Daly seemed genuinely rattled by the incident, as he paused the show and a tense, uncertain moment of silence ensued.
“Everybody all right? Take a quick second. We just had somebody fall. We OK? Give us just one second, everybody, to make sure we’re OK,” Carson explained, as he watched Blake and crew assist Wendy, who seemed dazed and in pain. “We’re clearing the stage. We have some people coming to help now. An unfortunate event for Wendy Moten. She’s walking off. We hope she’s OK…”
While viewers waited for an update on Wendy, they took to social media to express their concern. Thankfully Wendy, a consummate professional with a classic show-must-go-on attitude, soon returned to assure Carson and the fans at home that she wasn’t seriously hurt. “You scared us with that mishap onstage! We’ve never had anything like that happen,” Carson told Wendy, to which she said with a brave smile, “I’m OK. I’m a little bruised, but you know what? I’m still ready to go!”
With that crisis now averted, it was time for the business at hand, as Team Ariana’s father/son duo Jim & Sasha Allen and Team Kelly’s soul belter Gymani landed in the bottom two and had to sing for the Instant Save. Gymani suffered what John Legend called a minor “stumble” — a figurative one, not a literal one, in this case — at the start of her “Tell Me Something Good” performance, but she ultimately worked it out, and it was a fun and funky number.
The Allens’ choice, Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up,” was an appropriate save-me song for the occasion, but once again their harmonies fell flat, and once again I thought that Sasha, the much stronger singer of the duo, should have just auditioned for The Voice as a solo contestant.
However, seeing Jim supportive his trans son has been heartening all season, and very important for mainstream America to witness, so I couldn’t help but get a little choked up — just like their proud coach Ariana Grande did — when Sasha proclaimed, “Trans rights!” at the end of their Mraz tune. And therefore, I could not get too upset when mainstream America voted Jim and Sasha through to next Monday’s top 10 over Gymani.
See you then, when the Allens, Wendy, and the other eight semifinalists compete.
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