“The Voice” received a major upset this week when soul singer Judith Hill, who had been considered the front-runner in the singing competition, was eliminated, shocking viewers and Hill's coach Adam Levine when Holly Tucker beat out both Hill and Sarah Simmons.
“It was crazy. It felt like ‘The Hunger Games’ up there being on that thing,” Hill joked of the stage on NBC's "Today Show." “You just never know. But I felt like I did my best and I enjoyed my time.”
Being in the top eight, Hill had all the judges praising every performance. However, it’s not the judges that have the final call on whether a contestant is eliminated or not. By the end of the evening, “The Voice” audience had cast their votes – and Tucker was the one who stayed.
Asked whether she believed that fans didn’t vote for her because they thought she was “safe,” Hill replied, “You know, I don’t know what happened.” The singer explained that she played over a couple different scenarios in her head, including the possibility that the audience just didn’t recognize it. “Maybe the song was too new and it wasn’t familiar to people,” she suggested.
Despite her elimination from the show, Hill said that she has no regrets. “He reminded me it’s a game show,” Hill said of her coach. The former backup singer said that the Maroon 5 frontman gave her great advice and praised her talent and bright future.
Levine opened up about his frustration over Hill and Simmons losing to Us Weekly magazine. “Last night’s elimination of Judith and Sarah was confusing and downright emotional for me,” he explained. The coach made headlines that evening as well when he made a comment “I hate my country,” after contestant Amber Carrington was saved. Receiving a lot of backlash for the comment, Levine explained that it was “based on my personal dissatisfaction with the results.”
“The Voice” is now down to the top six contestants as the June 18 season four finale looms. Contestants Michelle Chamuel, Sasha Allen, Amber Carrington, Danielle Bradbery and the Swon Brothers remain in the running to be the next “Voice.”