Yes, I agree. I guess third from last, with only 2 slots in two of the teams available is just about the worst situation you could possibly be in. If you are judge to you use up your last slot and regret it if someone better comes along later, or do you go for it and regret it later. There might even be some "management" in this. After all, if all the teams are filled before the last singer has sung, there is no point in the last singer singing and the show is over. So I would contend that the last singer always has a free ride. In this case it was the last two. In fact when the second last singer was added to Tom's team, I heard Will say that she was very fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. Annelies unfortunately, was in the wrong place at the wrong time. You could be the finest singer on the planet and not get selected in that slot.
I had no idea who she was when I saw this yesterday, and thought she was marvellous in the first part of her song, lovely tone and a cast iron guarantee to progress.
But she spoiled it for me when she switched to her more classical/operatic head voice and stayed there. Maybe nerves, maybe that classical crossover is no longer cool, but I think that is what put the judges off - her arrangement should have used more of her chest voice. It certainly put me off after hearing her potential as just a 'singer' (like Hayley) in the opening bars. She's not a pure classical singer IMO and classical crossover is less cool these days, so drop the operatic in songs like this, is my advice to her, and she will do much better in future I think.
It's a great pity she didn't progress though because her coach, whoever that was, would have helped her to make the necessary changes and with better song choices too, she would have done better than many of last night's chosen performers - if she did less of the operatic thing in this kind of song and show. I kept wanting her to switch back to her chest voice or at least mixed... and she could have done that at times in Chandelier, but she stayed operatic, and never did switch back. It was an attempt to be spectacular I think, and it backfired.
It was particularly upsetting to see her nan in tears at the end of that. I agree with Tom, he was a "schmuck", whatever that means ! Maybe if one of the other singers gets ill they might let Annelies back in as a kind of "wildcard" but it's a long shot.
"My love is like a red, red rose that's newly sprung in June, My love is like a melody that's sweetly played in tune." (Robert Burns).
Don't think the rules allow for that. But I hear on the grapevine (aka Facebook) that there is a lot of interest in Annelies from various quarters as a result of that performance. So even though she didn't progress, it could have helped her a lot.