NBC probably only ever put The Voice on TV to bite into Fox’s American Idol market share. As the former plugged on, the latter faded in popularity, leading Fox to cancel the show in 2016. But then ABC saw some potential in the brand and revived American Idol in 2018. Even early in the reboot’s first season, it was made abundantly clear that Iowa singer Maddie Poppe would win the competition, as she breezed through week after week with memorable performances of “God Only Knows” and “Walk Like an Egyptian.” Idol revival viewers — and judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie, and Katy Perry — saw an undeniable star power and talent in Poppe … something that the celebrity singer coaches on its rival, The Voice, inexplicably overlooked.
Two years before her triumphant Idol win, Poppe made it to the televised audition stage of The Voice, choosing to sing Florence + the Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over.” However, not one of the panelists — Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, or Pharrell Williams — spun around in their giant WALL-E chairs in interest, according to Entertainment Weekly.