After years of looking for another shot in Los Angeles – and way too many weeks waiting out the show’s stretched-out schedule -- Twin Cities singer Jordis Unga was sent home “instantaneously” from NBC’s “The Voice” on Monday. The Forest Lake native fell victim to a new twist on the series, the so-called “Instantaneous Elimination.”
Host Carson Daly grandiosely revealed the new process as if he were unlocking Al Capone’s vault: One member of each team would be cut from the show by their judges before the TV-viewing public had a chance to vote. Blake Shelton chose Unga, after she went on a limb and sang a sweet, weepy version of country starlet Sara Evans’ “A Little Bit Stronger.” Shelton and the other coaches acted blown away from Unga’s prior performance, a powerful rendition of Heart’s “Alone” that was more her rocker style.
Unga made it much farther in her prior TV music competition, CBS’s 2005 series “Rock Star: INXS,” in which she placed fifth. In the years between, she “went through the wringer” trying to see a couple different record deals come to fruition, to no avail. The “Team Jordis” page on Facebook noted the elimination with a note that urged fans to download her pre-recorded version of “A Little Bit Stronger” on iTunes. “This is not the end of the road for Jordis.. .it's the beginning,” it read.