'The Voice' addresses Adam Levine and DeAndre Nico scandal over alleged Reagan Strange favoritism
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/11/2018
The Voice's Monday night broadcast briefly addressed the scandal in which Adam Levine was accused of playing favorites last week when he seemingly convinced America to save Reagan Strange over his other talented team member, DeAndre Nico.
The Voice broadcast on Monday night showed Adam touching upon last week's results show debacle, which has been a buzz-worthy event ever since both in the press and all over social media.
DeAndre fans have been angry about his pre-semifinals elimination because of the lack of support Adam had showed him when it meant the most. Last week, "#AdamLevineSucks" was even trending on Twitter.
Adam -- who hasn't been active on Twitter since Reagan advanced in the competition -- claimed to Reagan during rehearsal footage on Monday night that everything had blown over with DeAndre and the guys were on good terms.
"It was a strange week, but it's over now," Adam insisted half-heartedly. "DeAndre's my boy. I love him. We talked."
DeAndre was also shown FaceTiming with Reagan during the rehearsal despite previously telling his local Texas television station that he felt Adam "sold me out."
"Not being rude, but I just felt like [Adam] sold me out, and I just don't respect it," DeAndre told KBMT-TV in Beaumont, TX after his elimination.
DeAndre told Reagan over the phone, "I called to tell you I love you, and all that extra stuff, don't worry about it. Do your best and stay positive."
The scene sparked online criticism from fans that felt the exchange was completely staged and DeAndre was probably contractually obligated to put on a good face for the show.
In addition, The Voice aired a segment in which Adam and Reagan were shown participating in a charity event for Toys for Tots. Social media buzzed about how it was a stunt designed to do some damage control in light of all the backlash.
During last week's results show, Adam found his remaining two team members -- DeAndre, a 22-year-old from Port Arthur, TX, and Reagan, a 14-year-old from Memphis, TN -- in the bottom three with Blake Shelton's team member Dave Fenley.
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While all three artists were supposed to sing for the "Instant Save" for one spot in the Top 8, Reagan did not perform due to "illness," according to The Voice host Carson Daly, which has since been challenged as "anxiety" by DeAndre.
Even Dave has tweeted that Reagan had "no illness."
DeAndre ended up singing his heart out, but Adam decided to go to bat for Reagan instead, telling home viewers that she deserved to advance and it was his job to rally votes for her since she couldn't represent herself on the results show.
After Reagan was saved by a tiny margin of votes, DeAndre fans went ballistic because his "Instant Save" song, "All Of Me" by John Legend, was incredible and seemed to be enough to earn him a spot in semifinals.
After singing "You Are the Reason" by Calum Scott, Adam complimented her talent and concluded, "Regardless of what happens tomorrow and next week, I think that you have a very bright future, and it's been an honor being your coach, no matter what happens."
Adam's comment led many viewers to believe the coach recognizes it's unlikely Reagan will be voted into the finals after the whole #Bathrobegate controversy.
The "bathrobe" refers to how Reagan was sitting in the audience with her mother while wearing a bathrobe and crying as DeAndre and Dave sang for their lives during last week's live results show.
Once Reagan was saved by America, she tweeted, "I don't expect some people to understand. They weren't there."