How The Voice could have avoided the Adam Levine/Reagan strange fiasco

After The Voice’s Adam Levineissued a heartfelt plea to viewers Tuesday to vote an ailing Reagan Strange into Season 15’s Semifinals — and dismissed with faint praise his other at-risk team member, DeAndre Nico — the Twitterverse exploded in #AdamSucks hashtags. We had some feelings about it, too (as, your comments suggested, did you). Later, though, we realized… it didn’t have to go down that way. Like, at all.

The whole debacle could have been avoided if only the series had had in place a rule stating that, if a contestant can’t go on, they’ve gotta go. Done. Finito. And we get it — that sounds harsh (and maybe it is). But that’s showbiz. The Voice is a singing competition. If a singer can’t sing, they can’t compete. Period.

If nothing else, such a rule would be — unlike, say, Adam — fair and impartial. And had such a rule been in effect Tuesday, he wouldn’t have felt compelled to, as he put it, “fight for [his] girl” to the detriment of DeAndre, whose big shortcoming seemed to be that he didn’t remind his coach of his daughters. Instead, Adam could have given credit where it was due to DeAndre and done what the panel has with so many eliminated contestants, and reassured Reagan that her career needn’t end with The Voice.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Recording artist Adam Levine (L), wife model Behati Prinsloo and their daughter attend his being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 10, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Recording artist Adam Levine (L), wife model Behati Prinsloo and their daughter attend his being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 10, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Recording artist Adam Levine (L), wife model Behati Prinsloo and their daughter attend his being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 10, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Recording artist Adam Levine (L) and wife model Behati Prinsloo attend his being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 10, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Recording artist Adam Levine (L) and wife model Behati Prinsloo attend his being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 10, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Recording artist Adam Levine attends his being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 10, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 10: A general view of Adam Levine's star at the ceremony honoring him held on February 10, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Recording artist Adam Levine (C) is honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, on February 10, 2017. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Gwen Stefani (L) and Behati Prinsloo attend the ceremony honoring Adam Levine with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on February 10, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Gwen Stefani attends the ceremony honoring Adam Levine with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on February 10, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
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