Get it out of your system now. Yes, I watch The Voice, and yes, I follow it closely enough to hypothesize, research, and back my opinions with data. Maybe not me at my most masculine, but if the show has proven one thing, it's that being a man matters. Over and over again, the millions voting have chosen the male vocalists over the females, which will likely lead to another champion from Team Testosterone. While the co-ed competition favored no sex in the early rounds, as soon as the public was allowed to vote in week 10, the females dropped like flies.
24 singers competed in the first wave of live rounds - 9 male, 15 female. Here's where the glass ceiling first became evident, with America giving 7 of their 12 quarterfinal slots to males. 78% of the eligible boys were voted through, while only 34% of the girls made it. Four coach saves rounded the field to a sweet 16 going into the quarterfinals, but the massacre was only beginning.
When the public was asked to vote in the quarterfinals last night, there were 4 males and 8 females for chose from. When the votes were tallied, Jamar Rogers, Jermaine Paul, Tony Lucca, and Chris Mann all were voted through.
That's right: not one female was voted in by the public. The eight shunned ladies had to claw it out for the coaches, who saved four to compete in the semifinals. Joining the aforementioned boys are Lindsey Pavao, Katrina Parker, Erin Willett, and Absolutepunk-favorite Juliet Simms, with the semis set for next Monday.
If the show format mimics last year, a ridiculous coach-to-public ratio system will determine the Final Four, which could throttle the male obsession. Look for Pavao and Simms to be the only girls with a shot - Lindsey topped the iTunes charts twice during the competition, and Juliet has been a contender since performing "Roxanne." Parker has come on strong as of late, though Adam Levine has had to save her twice, implying she's received the least votes of all semifinalists. One could call Willett the darkhorse, but her teammate Jermaine seems to hold a commanding lead.
That's all without acknowledging the immensely talented men, which include an opera singer, an Alicia Keys backing vocalist, a Mickey Mouse Clubber and the longtime favorite. Most say the competition is Jamar Rogers' to lose, and I tend to agree - the guy has been stellar, from auditioning to "Seven Nation Army" to covering "Are You Gonna Go My Way." Opinion aside, all the guys have been publicly voted through twice, a feat no girl has accomplished.
I'll leave you with one more tidbit - on season 1, three females went against one male for the championship. Guess who won.
PS: There's been a ton of great discussion on this topic in a news post. Comments here or there would be awesome.