‘The Voice’: Fans Upset After Blake Shelton’s Team Member Pete Mroz Was Eliminated

by Madison Miller

“The Voice” is nearing the end of the season.

After this week’s episodes, there are only nine contestants vying for the prize on the live studio stage. It’s at this point in the competition, especially, that fans feel connected and tethered to their favorites.

Viewers watch as their favorites go from Blind Auditions to Battle Rounds to Knockout Rounds until they make it to the coveted live performance segment of that show. It’s quite a prolonged journey.

Fans Upset over Contestant Sent Home

For some “The Voice” fans, one contestant’s journey came to an end far sooner than they thought was fair. On Monday, May 10, live shows finally started. However, the 17 artists still competing on “The Voice” were drastically cut to nine.

The contestants eliminated this week from “The Voice” were Andrew Marshall, Anna Grace, Devan Blake Jones, Jose Figueroa Jr., Ryleigh Modig, Zae Romeo, Zania Alaké, and Pete Mroz. Fans were particularly wounded watching Mroz exit the stage for good.

Mroz, who is on Team Blake, competed in the Wildcard Instant Save. The top contestant from his team was Cam Anthony and Blake Shelton chose to save Jordan Matthew Young instead of Mroz.

“Well, Pete, I have obviously a special place in my heart for you. We were literally in the trenches together 25 years ago. I mean, we stood on the same stages together, just hoping somebody in the audience, somebody out there could help us and be our big break. And now fast-forward 25 years later and to see you still have the same raw talent and passion for singing. Just great job, man. I hope America agrees. You deserve to be here,” Shelton said at the end of Mroz’s most recent performance on “The Voice.”

Corey Ward, from team Kelly Clarkson, made it through with his performance of “Lose You to Love Me” by Selena Gomez. Pete Mroz started in the Blind Auditions by letting viewers at home know he was once a part of a songwriters’ group in Nashville alongside Blake Shelton. At the time, both were just young, aspiring musicians.

Pete Mroz Journey on ‘The Voice’

According to his biography on the show’s site, Mroz now plays 75 shows a year and works as a traveling sales manager. He took a break from music when he was younger, but after his father passed away suddenly from a heart attack, he realized just how short life can be. The 45-year-old was looking to prove age should never play a factor in pursuing your dreams.

A poll from Gold Derby suggests that 48% of people feel like Pete Mroz was robbed of a spot in the live shows. Anna Grace came in second with 20%.

Mroz first introduced his talent to viewers with his performance of “Can’t Find My Way Home” by Blind Faith. He then performed “Have a Little Faith in Me” by John Hiatt in the Battle Round. In the Knockout Round, Mroz had a powerful rendition of “Before You Go” by Lewis Capaldi. That was his last time as a winner on the show.

Finally, his first live show performance on “The Voice” was Pat Benatar’s song “We Belong.”