Some fans of NBC’s “The Voice” are upset after Top 10 contestant Kique failed to perform live during the “Fan Week” episode of Top 10 performances.
During the episode, host Carson Daly announced that Kique, who was a fan favorite, was unable to perform live because he tested positive for COVID-19.
With the finale only two weeks away, The Voice had no way of pre-taping or filming Kique’s performance elsewhere.
“Unfortunately, Kique wasn’t able to be with us in person tonight,” Daly said during the episode. “But the good news is that we pre-taped his performance at a different venue and you can still vote for him.”
Kique later told Daly, “I don’t feel very good, man. Unfortunately I tested positive for COVID. But I’m glad I can still be a part of it and that America can still vote!”
Kique performed The Weeknd’s “Call Out My Name” for his Top 10 performance.
Some fans have mixed feelings about the way Kique has been treated with COVID.
“Miss Gwen Stefani I would like to say that Kique is out with Covid it seems like you are in a strange controversy situation as in season 15 of the voice show with Adam Levine and I would like to wish Kique well if he gets well and recovers” wrote one person on Twitter.
In the live thread on Reddit, some fans called the whole situation unfair.
“I feel bad for assuming there had to be a family emergency, but this could be the best performance on this show in a decade and I would give Kique zero votes for not singing live. Full stop,” one person wrote.
One person responded, writing, “Agreed, it feels unfair.”
Another wrote: “Being able to pre-record in a studio rather than performing live seems like an unfair advantage.”
Many fans were impressed by how well Kique sang despite being ill. In a separate Reddit thread, some fans called the comments about the show “unfair” and said it’s possible the lack of live performances was actually a downside for Kique.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many shows such as The Voice, American Idol, America’s Got Talent, and even Dancing With the Stars have used pre-taped performances to quarantine specific members when needed occupation, so the set-up is not unusual.
With just a few weeks left into The Voice season 22, it’s still anyone’s cup of tea, although Kique certainly has a chance of walking away with victory if he keeps performing well.
The top 8 will be announced on the live show on Tuesday 29th November.
Longtime coach Blake Shelton leads with four remaining singers on his team. He has country artists Brayden Lape and Bryce Leatherwood, and artists Bodie and Rowan Grace.
Shelton has won The Voice eight times. He won Season 2 with Jermaine Paul, Season 3 with Cassadee Pope, Season 4 with Danielle Bradbery, Season 7 with Craig Wayne Boyd, Season 11 with Sundance Head, Season 13 with Chloe Kohanski, Season 18 with Todd Tilghman and most recently Season 20 with Cam Anthony.
John Legend is second most likely to win with three artists remaining. He still trains Kim Cruse, Parijita Bastola and Omar Jose Cardona.
Legend won “The Voice” once in Season 16 with Maelyn Jarmon.
Gwen Stefani’s team is small, consisting of just two artists: Justin Aaron and Kique, who won the instant save in the top 10 reveal episode.
Stefani also won “The Voice” once, in Season 19 with Carter Rubin.
Camila Cabello is hoping to avoid a repeat of Ariana Grande’s fate from last season and have an artist in the finale. In the top 10, she has only one remaining artist in the competition, big-voiced Morgan Myles.
“The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.