Words & Deeds

Idaho singer gets defeated on ‘The Voice.’ In 8 seconds. Really?

Gem State viewers got to root for an Idaho country singer Tuesday night on “The Voice” — as long as they didn’t blink.

In her first appearance since making it through Blind Auditions last week, Jerome native Ellie Millenkamp was defeated in a disappointingly brief Battles duel on the popular TV series.

Somebody had to lose. But the way NBC sped through the performance had to be a letdown for EllieMae — not to mention friends in her hometown, where her family runs the multi-faceted Millenkamp Cattle business.

Singing Kelsea Ballerina’s “Miss Me More,” EllieMae dropped to fellow Team Blake member Cali Wilson. But viewers didn’t get to enjoy the performance. Instead, they saw a music montage that lasted about the length of a successful bull ride. EllieMae was shown delivering one brief line, “I miss me moooore,” before producers cut to the chase.

“Cali has plenty of personality and attitude,” celebrity judge Blake Shelton said. “... The winner of this battle is Cali.”

The entire segment was, what — 20 seconds? Thanks, NBC.

EllieMae had impressed Shelton in her Blind Audition with a version of Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go ’Round.”

“We’re supposed to hear somebody that we like and coach ’em,” the country star told her at the time. “I heard enough. I wanted you on my team.”

A student at Iowa State University, EllieMae is the second Idahoan to appear on “The Voice” in 2019. Earlier this year, Jacob Maxwell of Coeur d’Alene made the cut to the final 24 contestants.

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Michael Deeds is an entertainment reporter and columnist at the Idaho Statesman, where he also has been a sportswriter, entertainment editor and features editor. Deeds co-hosts “The Other Studio,” a one-hour music show, at 8 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.
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