Almost A SWEEP For South LA! American Idol Champ & The Voice Runner-Up!

The finale structures between American Idol and The Voice have one important difference. For the American Idol finale, viewer votes were taken live all the way until the last commercial break. For The Voice, the votes stopped before it aired. Good news for Livingston's Laine Hardy on Idol. Perhaps the deal-breaker for Singer, Louisiana's Gyth Rigdon on The Voice. Some readers of Country Living have taken to Twitter, accusing the show of being rigged for Maelyn Jarmon to win. And she did that with a close vote Tuesday night.

Here's my observation: If you've ever taken speech debate in high school, you probably know that the last person to speak has a measurable advantage. Translate that to a singing competition. Same concept. Monday night, The Voice scheduled Maelyn to sing first AND last; closing out the show with a strong rendition of Hallelujah. She did an awesome job, but I wonder if her performing in the last spot helped her win.

The Voice had some pretty awesome entertainment to fill the 3 hour finale Tuesday night; including Taylor Swift, OneRepublic, and Hootie and The Blowfish. BUT no voting. Just music. I was sorry to learn that the votes had already been counted by airtime, because Gyth did a CRAZY awesome job in singing; particularly in his duet with Darius Rucker and Hootie and The Blowfish. Hold My Hand is one of my favorite songs, and I didn't think I would ever like any chnages to the original. Well, this performance Tuesday night changed my mind. Gyth and Darius CRUSHED it. The video is posted below.

If The Voice accepted voting for the last show, the finale results may have been a lot different. Just one DJ's opinion. But, even with a second place finish for Gyth, South Louisiana scored two awesome performers on their respective ways to greatness. We know both of these South Louisiana guys will be huge stars, and we couldn't be prouder of Laine Hardy AND Gyth Rigdon. Laine's new single Flame is already getting airplay. Gyth's single can't be far behind. Cannot wait to see what the future brings.

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