Matthew Schuler may have prompted the fastest four-chair turn in the history of
History isn't worth much on TV singing-competition shows, when the stage is crowded with worthy rivals and viewers' memories are short. And Schuler's performances over the last two weeks — at least two out of three of them — provided only faint reminders of the vocal power and charisma he consistently showed earlier in the season.
Last week's overchoreographed, undersung rendition of Imagine Dragons' "It's Time" had landed the Pennsylvania college student in the bottom three, where he'd been rescued via the social media Instant Save, presumably by fans hoping he'd simply had an off week.
Alas, this week, he wasn't able to recapture what his coach,
So it was no surprise that Schuler landed in the bottom two this week, when just one Top 6 singer was to be sent home ahead of next week's semifinals. Neither was it a surprise to find James Wolpert, from
Ultimately, this season's suspense-dampening pattern, in which a singer is saved one week only to be eliminated the next, continued. After a happily pregnant
Wolpert has one more week to musically prove his mettle and break the pattern. We'll see how that goes for him.
Are you sad to see Schuler head home so soon?