“The Voice” didn’t start its final live performance show in the same celebratory fashion of seasons past. Instead, Monday night, it led with a somber yet joyous candle-lit tribute to victims of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Contestants, coaches and even the hosts came together to sing “Hallelujah” while holding white cards with names of the 26 killed in the mass rampage in Connecticut that included 20 children.
Spirits were lifted as the show continued and the three finalists, Nicholas David (Team Cee Lo), Terry McDermott (Team Blake) and Cassadee Pope (Team Blake), took to the stage to make their final musical pleas.
The usually mellow Nicholas set the stage ablaze with an electric performance of “Great Balls of Fire” and was commended by Levine for taking a risk even at this last moment. Every finalist was also given the opportunity to perform the song that turned them into front-runners in the competition. For David, that song was “Lean on Me,” which he delivered with full soul, as per usual, prompting his coach Green to exclaim a simple, profound, “I love you.” He also performed with Green in another entertaining spectacle to “Play That Funky Music.” Dedicating his stint on the show to his family, Nicholas definitely turned up the heat and made sure to enjoy every last moment.
The competition’s sole belter standing, Terry McDermott began his night with classic rock flair, singing Aerosmith’s “Dude (Looks Like A Lady).” McDermott’s pristine voice sparkled as he delivered yet another solid performance. He did experience some technical difficulties, no fault of his own, when he took on “Broken Wings,” and was praised by Levine for finding his footing despite the hiccup. Coach Shelton, though, was thoroughly impressed, saying, “Every time you get onstage, something epic happens … you make these classic rock songs sound new again.” The Scottish rocker rounded off his final night with an encore performance of “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Aguilera commended him for “kicking ass.”
As the only female standing, Cassadee Pope came vocals ablazing and dress sparkling as she performed “Over You,” the song that propelled her to #1 on the iTunes pop chart just a few weeks ago. Shelton, who co-wrote the track, was moved again and called it a song of “healing” during trying times. Pope did pick up the mood when she graced the stage with her coach in a duet of Sheryl Crow’s “Steve McQueen.” The pop-rock tune suited Pope’s abilities perfectly. But, she did return to country, closing the show out with Faith Hill’s “Cry.” Doted on by Aguilera and Levine, the most memorable comment was from Shelton who just gasped, “My gosh …”
After weeks of auditions and performances, the final three will learn their fate tonight as “The Voice” crowns its winners. At this point, it’s anybody’s game.
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