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'The Voice' Knockouts 2022: Fans slam Morgan Myles for her excessive gestures, say performance felt ‘staged’

'It felt too scripted rather than actually feeling the song and took me out of the moment,' noted a fan about Morgan Myles' performance
Morgan Myles on 'The Voice' Season 22 (NBC)
Morgan Myles on 'The Voice' Season 22 (NBC)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA: The second knockout of the battle to take center stage was Chello vs Morgan Myles vs Orlando Mendez. The trio put in an incredible effort for a spot on team Camila. Their coach Camila Cabello surely had high expectations from three of her best coaches. Camila intended to group the three so that they all could learn from each other, as they each have different strengths.

The sing-offs started as Chello performed ‘Hold On’ by Justin Bieber and impressed the coaches with his glorious vocals. Morgan Myles followed him as she sang a beautiful rendition of ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’ by Jackie De Shanon. The final act of the knockout battle was Cuban Cowboy Orlando Mendez with a cover of Tim McGraw’s ‘Live Like You Were Dying’. While Chello and Orlando’s performances definitely elicited a good response from the audience and coaches, Morgan’s vocals were the show’s main star. But it seems that her vocals were the only thing going for the singer. Read on to know more.


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Morgan Myles on 'The Voice' Season 22 (NBC)
Morgan Myles on 'The Voice' Season 22 (NBC)

Chello and Orlando gave their best with performances that were sure to make the coaches dance and cheer, but the two did not make it to the next round. Blake and John both pointed out that Orlando’s performance had some “screaming”, while Chello was alright but not someone who made any of the coaches want to use their “save” button. Camila chose Morgan as her winner because of her incredible vocals. But the coaches agreed that the singer seemed to put on a show which felt like it was too “pageanty”. Camila then admitted that she was the one who had advised Morgan to include the movements in her set. Her excessive hand gestures and hair flips not only caught the coaches’ attention but also made a few fans uncomfortable.

Many in the comments of the Youtube clip of Morgan posted by ‘The Voice’ expressed distaste over her “over the top” performance. While most complimented her vocal range and talents, the “staged” performance was not appreciated. One fan wrote, “She was moving me more in rehearsal. This felt a little stagey, but her voice is amazing, fluid, with highs that most would kill to get,” while another agreed, saying, “I agree with you. Too much “calculated” moves.” A viewer noted, “Fantastic voice! Arms kinda flinging around crazy though. She’s going to have a great career what ever happens.” But one fan pointed out that her vocals were the main event of the performance, penning, “She did amazing.. they should have focused on her vocal performance instead of just her gestures. I was truly blown away and their critiques just really were uncalled for.”

Another viewer also appreciated her vocals over the body movements, critiquing, “Her singing is fabulous but I needed her arms to stop moving around so much! It felt too scripted rather than actually feeling the song and took me out of the moment. I’m still obsessed with her vocals though.” As another wrote, “The performance was a bit over the top, but Morgan’s soulful tone and vocal gymnastics sounded amazing.” A fan also noted how the song and movements did not match, writing, “The vocal was great. I don’t think the song requires all of the hair flips and hands waving around. I think she was giving the song some edge but it’s just not that type of song.” One unimpressed fan wrote, “I am a fan of Morgan’s but, this performance was not good to me at all! Felt very staged, the hair flips, just all of it really didn’t go together. Disappointed.”


‘The Voice’ Season 22 airs every Monday and Tuesday at 8/7c on NBC.

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