Kelly Clarkson and John Legend have been accused of being unpatriotic after the two coaches on “The Voice” criticized Gyth Rigdon’s rendition of “God Bless the U.S.A.”
Rigdon, who is on Blake Shelton’s team, performed the Lee Greenwood hit for the Season 16, top eight episode on Monday night.
“I feel like you can’t critique this song or you’re like going to hell or something,” Clarkson said after Rigdon’s performance. “I will say, this was not my favorite vocal of you this season because I think you are a ridiculously talented vocalist.”
“You chose the day we celebrate the British Invasion to sing this song,” Legend joked, referencing that the top eight would later perform Beatles hits.
“I agree with Kelly that this wasn’t your greatest vocal performance, but it was very strong and I felt the energy and the emotion. And it was a powerful rendition. Great job,” Legend added.
Viewers weren’t thrilled with the judges’ critiques, accusing the coaches of being “haters.”
“@kelly_clarkson #VoiceTop8 I’m sorry that you and John hate America so much that you couldn’t recognize Gyth song as a great rendition,” one person tweeted to Clarkson.
@kelly_clarkson #VoiceTop8 I’m sorry that you and John hate America so much that you couldn’t recognize Gyth song as a great rendition.
“They didn’t criticize the SONG, they just said it wasn’t his best performance!” one person argued.
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