‘The Voice’ 17: Many Fans Feel This Contestant Is Overrated

There’s no denying that season 17 of The Voice has left viewers with a pretty talented and vocally diverse top eight. From the duo Hello Sunday on Kelly Clarkson’s’ team to Ricky Duran, divisive contestant Kat Hammock, and Rose Short, each coach has at least one contestant remaining in the ring. However, who will win $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Music Group? 

Who has what it takes to make it all the way to the top? One artist, in particular, receives a lot of attention when it comes to who may actually “make it” when all is said and done — when the show is just a glimmer in their history. However, many feel that the same artist is just completely overrated.

The Voice Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton
‘The Voice’ (l-r) Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton | Trae Patton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Singers receive a great deal of attention for various reasons on The Voice: their backstories, their personalities, their life predicaments, or their actual technical vocal skills. 

When it comes to the last factor in the aforementioned list, many feel that Ricky Duran is a bit of overrated. Let’s see what fans have to say about the artist to understand why some argue he does not deserve the widespread acclaim he has received since appearing on season 17 of The Voice. 

Fans argue that Ricky Duran is overrated 

In an online discussion concerning overrated contestants on The Voice, Ricky Duran’s name pops up quite frequently, with many fans chiming in to concur with the claim that he is not the most vocally talented (or the most unique) voice the show has to offer this season. However, many treat him as if he is the show’s pride and joy, often comparing him to the one and only Bruce Springsteen. Fans stated the following:

Will and Ricky are the most overrated of the group

Reddit User 

Marybeth, Will, Katie, Ricky (overrated)

Reddit User 

…Ricky is pretty good but yeah overrated, and not a big fan of Will.

Reddit User 

Ricky isn’t the only one…

While many fans feel Ricky Duran is quite overrated, Hello Sunday also received a great deal of negative backlash on this forum; fans note that they are not as good as many believe they are. However, other fans feel the group receives too much hate and not enough credit for what they bring to the competition. Thus, reviews for Hello Sunday in the overrated- underrated department are a bit more varied than they are for Ricky Duran.

As you can see from the comments above, many also agree that Will Breman is a bit overrated, with Katie Kadan getting her fair share of attention in this realm as well. Whether these overrated contestants will actually snag the win remains to be seen; however, according to fans Hello Sunday and Ricky Duran do not deserve the title. 

While a good voice goes a long way, when it comes to the uniqueness factor, many agree that Ricky Duran falls short. The show aims to find a new voice that is technically strong, easily coachable, and deserving of a space in the contemporary music scene; is such a description akin to Ricky Duran? Some say yes, but many say no.