Baldwin’s Melanie Martinez eliminated from The Voice


The charmed run of Melanie Martinez, which provided thrills to thousands of residents in Baldwin, came to an end Tuesday night. The 17-year-old Baldwin Senior High School student was voted off NBC’s hit show The Voice, along with fellow contestant Amanda Brown. The ladies’ departures left Voice coach Adam Levine’s team without any surviving singers.

Martinez’s final song on the show was a duet with Nicholas David, a contestant who was voted through to the next stage. The pair collaborated on the Fiona Apple hit “Criminal” and the performance was enthusiastically applauded. Unfortunately, Tuesday night’s songs were not a factor in the voting, and Martinez’s unevenly received work on Monday night’s telecast — characteristically creative versions of Lenka’s “The Show” and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” — did not compel enough votes for the singer to continue. Contributing to Melanie’s demise were extremely commercial showings by contestants Trevin Hunte and Terry McDermott, both of whom shot up the iTunes charts Monday night and into Tuesday.

Martinez, who was the youngest contestant to make it into the top six, was true to herself throughout her run on The Voice, but her independent nature may have cost her in the long run. The final four singers are Hunte, David and McDermott along with Casadee Pope.

Martinez was graceful after receiving the bad news. “This is beyond what I've ever dreamed. I'm just so happy that I got to express who I am as an artist and touch people's hearts," she said.

The Martinez departure, along with that of Brown, means that two Voice coaches — Levine and Christina Aguilera — no longer have a contestant in the hunt. The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC at 8 p.m.